10 Things You May Not Know About STAR WARS: Episode II - Attack Of The Clones

The countdown continues and our collection of Star Wars trivia reaches 2002 with the second of the prequels, Attack of the Clones.

1. When George Lucas finished his first draft of Attack Of The Clones he gave it the title Jar Jar's Great Adventure. He claims it was a joke! But let's face it, now Disney own the rights, how long will it be before that film is actually made?

2. Much of the story for Attack Of The Clones came from an early draft of The Empire Strikes Back. Lucas had originally planned for Lando Calrissian to be a clone from a planet of clones that had been created for the Clone Wars. Obviously he came up with a different idea for Lando and Episode V, but went back to this for Episode II.

3. With an estimated budget of $120 million Attack Of The Clones held the title for the most expensive Star Wars film, out of the first six (At this stage the final number is unconfirmed, but The Force Awakens is estimated to have a budget of $200 million). Three years later Revenge of the Sith cost $115 million and The Phantom Menace was $113 million. As for the original trilogy, they were a bargain. The 1977 classic Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope cost just $11 million, Empire Strikes Back was $18 million and Return of the Jedi came in at $32.5 million.

3. Colin Hanks, Ryan Phillippe, Jonathan Brandis and Paul Walker all auditioned for the role of Anakin Skywalker. Eventually Hayden Christensen ended up landing the part, primarily because he “looked good” next to Natalie Portman.

4. Hayden Christensen became the only actor in any Star Wars movie who didn't get to choose the design of his lightsaber. In Attack Of The Clones his lightsaber was designed to look like that of Darth Vader's from the original trilogy, and in Revenge Of The Sith Christensen uses a saber that was designed to match the one that Obi-Wan gave to Luke in Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope.

5. Just before Anakin goes to search for his mother on Tatooine he has a conversation with Padme. The camera pans to their shadows as they talk and Anakin's resembles that of a helmeted Darth Vader. This was not planned and not any kind of special effect CGI jiggery pokery, just a coincidence that wasn't noticed until after filming.

6. Joey Fatone, JC Chasez, and Chris Kirkpatrick from the boy band *NSYNC filmed scenes as extras in Attack of the Clones. As the news of their casting made it's way out the public there was, naturally, a lot of negativity amongst Star Wars fans. Eventually Joey Fatone announced that the singers' parts had been cut from the film because of the negative fan reaction.

7. During the rehearsals of Yoda’s CGI fight with Count Dooku, a small Yoda model was put in place for Christopher Lee to use as a reference. The crew gave the model a pair of vampire fangs as a joke about Lee’s historic role as Dracula.

8. George Lucas considered a storyline for Attack Of The Clones that would have made Boba Fett Anakin's Step-Brother! He soon scrapped that idea, deciding it was "too hokey."

9. The Shaak (big cow-like creature) that Anakin rides whilst wooing Padme on Naboo also features in the asteroid belt that Obi-Wan flies through. It was put in there by visual-effects supervisor John Knoll to continue the running joke of random shaped asteroids, which began in The Empire Strikes Back.

10. Attack Of The Clones was the only Star Wars film, out of the first six, that was not the top grossing movie of the year, either in North America (where it finished in third place) or worldwide (where it was fourth).

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