Late rapper Tupac Shakur could have been a force to be reckoned with in the Star Wars film franchise. According to Rolling Stone, the part-time thespian auditioned to play Jedi Master Mace Windu in the 1999 movie Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.
Rick Clifford, a former engineer at Death Row Records, revealed in an interview with 2Pac-Forum that he and ‘Pac began their working relationship after the rapper found out about Clifford’s cinematic resume.
“‘Pac found out that I worked for Brian Austin Green, who was on 90210, then he found out I [worked on] some movies, so we always talked about his film career and stuff,” Clifford said.
Though the role was given to actor Samuel L. Jackson (who happened to star alongside 2Pac in 1992’s Juice), Clifford says that the California native had read for Star Wars mastermind George Lucas.
“He was telling me that he was supposed to read for George Lucas and them,” he continued. “They wanted him to be a Jedi. I’m serious. Samuel L. [Jackson] got Tupac’s part. [Tupac] said [to me], ‘Old man, keep your fingers crossed.’ He said, ‘I’ve got three movies coming up. One of them, I’ve got to read for George Lucas.’
2Pac went on to film seven other movies in his lifetime including Poetic Justice beside Janet Jackson in 1993 and Above The Rim the year after.
New York Daily News reports that Lucasfilm has yet to confirm the audition.