By Tricia Johnson
Updated March 30, 2001 at 05:00 AM EST

”When you put the belt on, there’s a little place where your lightsaber clicks in,” says Hayden Christensen, referring, of course, to the Anakin Skywalker costume he dons for Episode II of Star Wars. ”It’s just like, ‘Holy s — -!”’ While you’ll have to wait until summer 2002 to see the 19-year-old in action, Lucasfilm has released this exclusive shot of the man destined to become Darth Vader — and a rival to Justin Timberlake among the TRL demographic. (Who knew young Jedis favor rattails?) Christensen, a virtual unknown before Lucas tapped him, took to wielding a lightsaber with full Force. ”It’s the most fun I’ve ever had in my life,” he swears. ”And to be honest, it was heavier than I expected.”

Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace

  • Movie
  • PG
  • 134 minutes
  • George Lucas