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‘Sons of Anarchy’s Charlie Hunnam Was Nearly Cast in Lead ‘Star Wars’ Role

‘Sons of Anarchy’s Charlie Hunnam Was Nearly Cast in Lead ‘Star Wars’ Role

Jax Skywalker?! Sons of Anarchy alum Charlie Hunnam recently revealed that he nearly scored the lead in a George Lucas-helmed Star Wars film. During his promotion of the new film Rebel Moon, he dropped the bombshell that he was this close to donning the robes of Anakin Skywalker in George Lucas’ prequel trilogy. While Jake Lloyd took on the role in 1999’s The Phantom Menace, the story demanded an older Anakin for Attack of the Clones (2002) and Revenge of the Sith (2005).

The force was stronger with Hayden Christensen, who secured the role of the future Darth Vader. However, Hunnam mentioned that he met with Lucas to discuss the part.

“I had forgotten that too, but yes, I did. I got to the point where I was meeting George Lucas, you know?” Hunnam told Entertainment Tonight. “I don’t think he meets a lot of actors. I think it was probably, maybe, two to three actors they were considering. I don’t remember much about it.”

While Charlie Hunnam was a contender for the iconic Star Wars role, the actor knew it wasn’t a good fit. “I just remember it being a very awkward meeting and walking out and thinking, ‘Well, I’m definitely not [getting the] role,’” Hunnam admitted. “And I was correct. Sometimes it’s about the vibes.”

Charlie Hunnam Certainly has the Acting Chops to Play the Iconic ‘Star Wars’ Role

Sons of Anarchy fans would likely love to see Hunnam wielding a lightsaber in the role of Anakin. After all, he proved on SOA he has the range to play charismatic yet conflicted characters as Jax Teller. He certainly could’ve embodied Anakin perfectly as he went from Jedi hero to villainous Sith Lord.

However, it might all be for the best. After all, if Charlie Hunnam had landed the Star Wars role, it may have lessened his chances to play Jax Teller in SOA. It would have been tough for casting directors to envision a Jedi ditching his robes for a leather MC vest.

Still, Hunnam is no stranger to turning down high-profile roles. Despite being offered the role of Christian Grey in the “Fifty Shades” franchise, he declined due to a scheduling conflict. At that time, Hunnam was already starring in SOA and had committed to Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak simultaneously with the offer for “Fifty Shades”.

Meanwhile, Hunnam appears in Netflix’s sci-fi epic, Rebel Moon. The Star Wars-inspired film drops on December 21st.