Leonardo DiCaprio is known for turning down some pretty big acting roles, such as Peter Parker in 2002’s Spider-Man and Robin in 1995’s Batman Forever, but arguably the most interesting one of his career was his decision to turn down the role of Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars prequels. So why didn’t Leo end up accepting such a huge starring role?
Speaking to ShortList magazine recently, DiCaprio explained his reasoning behind not taking the role that would eventually go to Hayden Christensen. ““I did have a meeting with George Lucas about that, yes,” he said. “[I] just didn’t feel ready to take that dive. At that point.”
The dive that DiCaprio seems to be referring to is starring in a blockbuster genre franchise such as Star Wars, which would be a life-changing experience for any actor. Considering DiCaprio is currently positioned to earn his sixth Oscar nomination for his role in The Revenant, it’s fair to say he did pretty well for himself without Star Wars on his resume. Still, DiCaprio is much more open to the idea of appearing in a blockbuster franchise; even superhero ones:
“You never know. You never know. They’re getting better and better as far as complex characters in these movies. I haven’t yet. But no, I don’t rule out anything.”
That’s right, Leonardo DiCaprio could appear in a superhero movie someday. Get your fan casting sheets out now!