Star Wars Cinematic Universe – Behind the Scenes #14

Apparently, according to Pablo Hidalgo, Anakin’s age was something that George Lucas wrestled with for Anakin’s background in the prequel trilogy. He finally decided on the age of nine for Anakin so that he could portray the impact that the loss of his mother had on him.

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Hidalgo reveals that Anakin’s age is one of the main plot elements Lucas wrestled with when writing The Phantom Menace. Various treatments depicted Anakin as anything from a young child to a teenager. But ultimately, Lucas decided nine-years-old was the ideal age to illustrate how profoundly the loss of his mother would affect Anakin.


The other interesting part of this is that when we see Anakin just before he is redeemed in Return of the Jedi, he is only 45 years old even though he looks a lot older. All that anger, rage and suffering aged Anakin beyond his years (not to mention the dark side of the force adding to it).

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