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Young Anakin meets police on the road to the dark side.
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The police force is strong on this one.

Jake Lloyd, who portrayed young Anakin Skywalker in the first (and most often maligned) Star Wars prequel The Phantom Menace, was arrested last week after a car chase that took him and his pursuers over 117 miles per hour through South Carolina. TMZ broke the story:

It started in Charleston, S.C. when cops noticed Lloyd driving a Nissan at around 80 MPH. They began to chase him, and Lloyd's reaction was to speed up, weaving and narrowly missing cars and trucks. He even used the median to pass vehicles.

Lloyd hit several trees and was taken into custody and charged with reckless driving, failure to stop, resisting arrest and driving without a license.

Check out his mug shot:

Maybe the attorney should plead that George Lucas traumatically damaging Lloyd's (and most others') childhood, leading him to a life of recklessness.

Or maybe the dark side was just far too compelling.

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Anakin Skywalker was initially set to make an appearance as a ghost in The Force Awakens, but he didn't make the final cut. Maybe it's because he looked so, so creepy.

Why the two-face treatment? According to artist Iain McCaig, it's because Anakin's got both good and evil natures inside him:

When you light a candle, you also cast a shadow. That inspired me to propose, for the first time, that Anakin’s ghost could come back … If we see Anakin Skywalker, because he does flow back and forth between Darth Vader and Anakin, let’s see him as a character with a dark and light side. The reason Luke is this whole new entity is because he was the first to acknowledge his own dark side — that it was not separate from him.

It's unclear what part of the film Anakin could have appeared in, but it's likely he'd either have appeared to Kylo Ren, or alongside other series veterans in Rey's Force vision.


'Glum George Lucas' A Satirical Look Into the Mind of George Lucas and What Star Wars Could Have Been

Before Star Wars was ripped from his wonderful creative grasp by that fascist mouse, Lucas was well on his way to making Star Wars better than anyone had ever dreamed possible. A long line of brilliant changes and directorial decision making had brought the series to new creative heights. The brilliant character design of Jar Jar Binks and intuitive dialogue had us excited for more of what Lucas had to offer. Decisions like retroactively making Greedo shoot first only added depth to existing characters. 

'Glum George Lucas' is a wonderful insight into what could have been had Disney not seized the reigns of Star Wars.

You ready? We're almost as excited as young Anakin over here.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Was Almost Cast as Anakin Skywalker in 'Attack of the Clones'
Via Shortlist
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You probably never knew this, but Leonardo DiCaprio was once in talks with George Lucas to become the star of the Star Wars prequels. After the success of James Cameron's box office juggernaut Titanic, a young Leo was the king of the cinematic world and a thirsty George Lucas wanted a piece. Unfortunately for Hayden Christensen haters everywhere, Leo wasn't ready to take on the spotlight of Lord Vader.

In an interview with Shortlist, Leo quoted:

I did have a meeting with George Lucas about that as well, yes. Again, just didn't feel ready to take that dive. At that point.

But, the what-if hype doesn't stop there... In that same interview with Shortlist, Leonardo DiCaprio talks about the roles of Robin in Batman Forever, as well as, Peter Parker in Spider-Man.

I never screen-tested. I had a meeting with Joel Schumacher. It was just one meeting and, no, I didn't end up doing it. As I recall I took the meeting, but didn't want to play the role. Joel Schumacher is a very talented director but I don't think I was ready for anything like that. [Spider-Man] was another one of those situations, similar to Robin, where I didn't feel ready to put on that suit yet. They got in touch with me.

We're just over here trying to figure out which will come first: Leo playing a superhero, or Leo getting an Oscar.