Tupac Shakur was eyeing a role in “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” before he died. According to 2Pac-Forum (via Rollingstone.com), Death Row Records engineer Rick Clifford revealed that the late rapper went for a reading with George Lucas but the part went to Samuel L. Jackson.
“It’s sad because ‘Pac found out that I worked for Brian Austin Green, who was on ‘90210’, then he found out I was in some movies. So we always talked about his film career and stuff,”
“He was telling me that he was supposed to read for George Lucas and them.”
“They wanted him to be a Jedi. Yes, I’m serious – Samuel L. [Jackson] got Tupac’s part,”
Shakur and Jackson was seen on the big screen once in 1992’s crime drama “Juice”. The rapper’s last movie, “Gang Related”, was released in 1997.
According to the New York Daily News, Lucasfilm has yet to comment on Shakur’s association with the franchise. Shakur passed away due multiple gunshot wounds in a drive-by shooting on September 13, 1996. Shakur’s official biopic, “Tupac”, is expected to start production in Atlanta in February.