Hayden Christenesn is rumored to land the Anakin Skywalker role

By Corey Takahashi
Updated May 19, 2000 at 04:00 AM EDT

Hey kids, meet the new (reported) Anakin! Though Lucasfilm and the actor’s reps are mum, Variety says little-known Hayden Christensen has almost surely landed the role of Anakin Skywalker (a.k.a. Darth Vader) in the next two Star Wars movies. Let’s get to know him!

BORN April 19, 1981, in Vancouver, British Columbia.

STATS 6′ 2” blond-haired, blue-eyed ‘N Sync look-alike.

BREAKTHROUGH ROLE A spooky 63-second run as Paper Boy in John Carpenter’s ’95 In the Mouth of Madness.

SPECIAL SKILLS (From an agency document obtained by EW) Hockey, diving, trampoline, horseback riding, juggling, canoeing, stage fighting.

SIGNS HE’S OPEN TO THE DARK SIDE On Fox Family Channel’s current drama Higher Ground, his character ”harbors painful secrets as he tries to shed his drug addiction,” says the show’s press material.

SIGNS HE’LL MESH WITH THE STAR WARS GEEK DEMO Recently played nerdy video-store clerk in ABC original movie Trapped in a Purple Haze.

Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace

  • Movie
  • PG
  • 134 minutes
  • George Lucas