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January 24- Star Wars’ Star Hayden Christensen to Portray ‘Your Youth’ on Stage

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Toronto-born actor Hayden Christensen (“Life as a House”) will star in “This is Your Youth,” a play by Kenneth Lonergan (“You Can Count on Me”) in London, writes the Toronto Star. Christensen will star alongside Jake Gyllenhaal and Canadian-born Anna Paquin in the story about rich kids who spend a decadent weekend stealing, dealing and consuming drugs. This trio of young thesps will begin previews in late February to prepare for an eight-week run in London’s prestigious West End. Christensen will be playing Anakin Skywalker in the next “Star Wars” film.


May 26th- Ready For Jedi Training

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Hayden Christensen’s athletic background will come in handy.

In a galaxy far, far away, Jedi boot camp is gearing up for its latest recruit. Okay, A-ustralia is not quite that distant. But the scope and size of Star Wars: Epi- sode II will be light years from what Thorn- hill-raised actor Hayden Christensen has experienced before.
The 19-year-old heads back to L.A. today after a week of visiting family and friends here. Yesterday , Star Wars producer Rick McCallum warned that Christensen’s rest and relaxation will be over when he reports Down Under in early June to play Anakin Skywalker in the second film of George Lucas’ Star Wars prequel trilogy. After the expected 2002 release of Episode II, he’ll again appear as the brave young Jedi knight in Episode III, who eventually becomes corrupted by evil and evolves into Darth Vader. “He’ll be flat out from the minute he gets here until shooting,” McCallum said in a posting on official Web site “As soon as he gets off the plane we’ll be handing him over to (stunt co- ordinator) Nick Gillard for Jedi training.” Christensen isn’t likely to be daunted by the role’s athletic requirements. He told The Sun he expected to go to college on a tennis scholarship until “I sort of got a bit sidetracked by acting.” He also played Triple-A hockey when he was younger, plays competitive beach-paddle tennis with older brother Tove, rollerblades, skateboards and goes mountain biking. On his Vancouver-made TV drama, Higher Ground, which will premiere in Canada this fall, he often was called on for sports sequences. Episode II will shoot in Australia for most of the summer with additional filming in Tunisia and Italy. McCallum said Christensen’s casting has invigorated the production team. “Everyone’s excited, because I showed them some of the screen test. He’s really an unknown. I think the casting sends the signal that we’re living by our word, and that we are anxiously working to deliver something new with this film,” he said. In one of his first interviews, given only hours after Lucasfilm confirmed his casting on May 12, Christensen described himself to The Sun as being equal parts “disbelief, shock (and) excitement. “I’ve got good people to talk to and to keep me grounded. I’ll have my feet on the ground,” he said. Since then, he has been featured in Time magazine, on TV’s Entertainment Tonight, and this week was scheduled to do a photo shoot for Canada’s Flare magazine.

Avoid spotlight
Christensen’s close friend and Higher Ground co-star A.J. Cook predicted he’ll avoid the spotlight in the long run. “He’s a man of few words. Definitely,” said the actress, who has a lead role in the current feature film The Virgin Suicides, in which Christensen also appears. “I think he’ll shy away from a lot of it…I’m like, ‘Oh my goodness, you’re going to be on David Letterman and all that kind of stuff.’ I’m just like, ‘Hayden, do you understand? This is the calm before the storm.’ “And he’s just like, he’s scared, he’s nervous. He’s a very private guy. I don’t think he’s going to be in, you know, every single magazine. I think he’ll hide away from it a lot.”

Source: Toronto Sun

May 16th-The force is with Thornhill teen

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Hayden Christensen to play Anakin Skywalker in next Star Wars episode.

Could this blond-haired, brown- eyed heart-throb from Thornhill really be the dark and evil Darth Vader? As of May 12, the answer is yes. It is now official 19-year-old Hayden Christensen will portray Anakin Skywalker, the Jedi knight who turns to the dark side and becomes Darth Vader in the upcoming Star Wars Episodes II and III. Born in Vancouver, but raised in Thornhill, the Unionville High School graduate began his acting career at age seven, appearing in commercials. At age 12, he had a continuing role in the first Canadian television soap opera, Family Passions. Since then, his TV and movie credits include Trapped In A Purple Haze, Higher Ground, Free Fall, Danielle Steel’s No Greater Love, In The Mouth Of Madness, Love And Betrayal: The Mia Farrow Story and Street Law. -He recently starred in his first feature film; The Virgin Suicides, directed by Sofia Coppola, which is currently in theatres. Christensen has also made guest appearances on The Famous Jett Jackson, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Goosebumps and Forever Knight. According to the Star Wars official website, the casting process for Anakin Skywalker began last October. Casting director Robin Gurland met with 442 candidates out of hundreds of submissions. There were no auditions at this point, only meetings, and from this she had to determine who they were as actors and what kind of experiences they had. From these meetings, she narrowed the selection down to 25 and then to four. The finalists met at George Lucas’ Skywalker ranch in Northern California for a screen test with Natalie Portman, who portrays Queen Arnidala.
Decision Difficult

Returning cast members also include Ewan McGregor, Ahmed Best and Samuel L. Jackson. “The final decision was a difficult one because all four candidates were so talented,” said Gurland on the website. “I like the idea of a Canadian playing Anakin,” said self-proclaimed Star Wars junkie Jake Bums of Unionville. “I don’t really know too much about Hayden Christensen, but if George (Lucas) has faith in him, then so do I.” Unionville High School staff refused to speak to the media, at Christensen’s parents’ request. His Los Angeles-based agent was also unavailable for comment. Filming begins in June in Australia. Episode II is expected to be released in 2002, with Episode III due out in 2005. Besides acting, Christensen is also an all-round athlete. He has played triple A hockey, football, competitive beach paddle tennis and also finds time to skateboard and rollerblade.

Source: The Liberal