When the infamous Tupac hologram at Coachella debuted, we saw it spliced into Star Wars almost immediately. But while the memes and photos were all jokes, it has recently been brought to light that the rapper almost grabbed himself a role in Star Wars before he was gunned down in 1996.
Rick Clifford, the former chief engineer of Death Row Records, recently gave an interview in which he went into great detail about his time spent with Tupac and brought up some information not a lot of people knew before. One of the most interesting supposedly unknown facts was that the rapper was set to audition for a role in George Lucas’ Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
Tupac, in addition to being one of the greatest rappers to have ever lived, was just starting to break into the acting game prior to his 1996 murder and apparently discussed a role he was up for in Star Wars with Clifford. Tupac told Clifford to ‘keep his fingers crossed’ about a role in a George Lucas movie back in 1996 and that he was up for a role as a Jedi.
While the only way to confirm this is to ask Lucasfilm, the timeline Clifford sets up checks out as Tupac’s revelations about a Star Wars role came in 1996 which is right around the time Lucas was making casting decisions for a scheduled 1997 production start date.
Many people forget that Tupac was a gifted actor and was well versed in the dramatic arts, especially in Shakespearean theater. Given how successful rappers like Ice Cube and Sean Combs have been in the acting game, it’s interesting to imagine where Tupac would be in his acting career and if he’d be a Hollywood heavy hitter had he lived.
Even if this Star Wars story is a giant load from Clifford, it still makes us wonder what Tupac would be up to today and just how talented he was on multiple levels.