Before his murder in 1996, Tupac Shakur, who studied acting at the Baltimore School For The Arts before becoming a rap icon, was quietly amassing a small-but-great filmography. He was much better than he had to be in Juice and Poetic Justice and Above The Rim, and if you’ve ever got an afternoon to kill, you should really see him alongside Tim Roth in the junkie black comedy Gridlock’d. But if he hadn’t died, we’ve lately learned the news that Pac could’ve appeared onscreen in a very different way. He could’ve been a motherfucking Jedi knight.
As the New York Daily News reports, Rick Clifford, the former Chief Engineer at Death Row Records, recently claimed that Pac was set to audition for George Lucas’s even-worse-than-you-remember 1999 reboot Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace. In an interview with a Pac fan site, Lewis says that Pac was up for the role of Mace Windu, the character that Samuel L. Jackson ended up playing in the movie. The sight of Pac sitting next to Yoda at a Jedi round table probably wouldn’t have been enough to save that godawful mess of a movie, but it damn sure would’ve helped. Also, I now want an airbrushed T-shirt of Jedi Pac as much as I’ve ever wanted anything in my life.