Anakin Skywalker Cast?

updated 04/21/2004 at 12:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/22/1998 12:00AM

Remember, in 1977 Harrison Ford was not yet a star. Now, an unknown has reportedly been cast to play Anakin Skywalker in "Star Wars: Episode II." Several news sources said over the weekend that George Lucas has awarded the coveted role to Hayden Christensen, 19, a Toronto native who currently stars on a low-profile Fox Family Channel drama about troubled teens, "Higher Ground." Several actors appeared at Lucas's Skywalker Ranch in California to tape screentests for the role with Natalie Portman (the movie's Queen Amidala). There has been no confirmation about the casting of Anakin from Lucasfilm, but people all over the galaxy are already discussing Christensen -- or, rather, the future Darth Vader.

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