The Star Wars prequels’ Anakin Skywalker is reimagined as Leonardo DiCaprio in AI art. The Star Wars prequels’ Anakin was actually played by Hayden Christensen, who played a rendition of young Anakin before he became Darth Vader. Christensen appears as Anakin / Darth Vader again in the Disney+ series Obi-Wan Kenobi, but the role of Anakin almost went to a much more famous actor: Leonardo DiCaprio.
In a 2015 interview, DiCaprio revealed that he turned down the role of Anakin Skywalker in the prequels because he did not think that he was ready to take on a big role that early in his career. DiCaprio has famously turned down other major roles, including Robin in the 1995 film Batman Forever and protagonist Peter Parker in Spider-Man. In these cases and the case of the Star Wars prequels, these roles went to actors who have much less star power now than DiCaprio. DiCaprio was already established in his career by the time the prequels came out, delivering notable performances in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Romeo + Juliet, and Titanic. Nonetheless, he declined all these major roles, and instead selected early 2000s roles in Gangs of New York, Catch Me if You Can, and The Aviator.
DiCaprio is now imagined as Anakin through the AI program craiyon (DALL-E). DiCaprio’s face is plastered onto the signature Anakin look in a series of close-ups. In most of the images, he wields Anakin’s blue lightsaber. Check out the image below:
Though the AI rendering of this new Anakin still has its signature blurry look, it is a surprisingly accurate representation of what DiCaprio’s Anakin may have looked like. DiCaprio’s face is recognizable in the images as seen especially in the center bottom image. This AI rendition is clearly using more current images of DiCaprio rather than what he would have looked like in the prequels, which began over twenty years ago. This version of DiCaprio’s Anakin will never fully come to fruition, unfortunately, but it’s fun to imagine what could have been.
Christensen’s Anakin was clearly successful enough to inspire the reprisal of the role, albeit mostly as Darth Vader in Obi-Wan Kenobi. As of yet, DiCaprio has still never appeared in any of the Star Wars movies or any major superhero film, despite acting in blockbuster hits including Titanic and Inception. As more Star Wars films are made, including the Star Wars film by Taika Waititi that will be released in the coming years, perhaps there is still hope for DiCaprio to accept a role in the franchise this time around.
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