This famous rapper was very nearly a Jedi in the Star Wars prequels

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Jul 4, 2015, 4:49 PM EDT (Updated)

Here's a surprise casting choice that comes straight out of Death Row. Records, that is.

Samuel L. Jackson did an admirable job with the part of Mace Windu in the Star Wars prequels, but we can't help but be intrigued at the notion of a very different performer who, according to former Chief Engineer of Death Row Records, Rick Clifford, was also due to read for the role. That artist?

Tupac Shakur.

Yes, really. Clifford explains the story this way:

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 suppose to read for [George Lucas]. They wanted him to be a Jedi... Samuel L. got Tupac's part... He called me 'Old Man'. He said 'Old Man keep your fingers crossed, I got three movies coming up. One of them I gotta read for George Lucas'.

In addition to being one of best rappers of the '90s, Tupac was also a solid actor. And while there aren't many people who can claim to be badder mother...well, you know, than Sam Jackson, we'd certainly count 'Pac amongst them.

Basically, this is yet another reason to still be sad that Tupac was gunned down all those years ago.

(via Comic Book Movie)

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