STAR WARS: EPISODE III
REVENGE OF THE SITH
HAYDEN CHRISTENSEN (Anakin Skywalker) became an international film
star when George Lucas cast him as Anakin Skywalker in the epic Star Wars:
Episode II Attack of the Clones. But it was the role of the troubled teenager in
Irwin Winkler's 2001 drama Life as a House that brought Christensen his first
critical acclaim, including an award for Best Breakthrough Performance from the
National Board of Review and nominations for the Screen Actors Guild and the
Golden Globe awards.
Christensen recently starred as disgraced New Republic journalist Stephen
Glass in Shattered Glass, the first feature produced by his production company,
Forest Park Pictures, in partnership with Cruise/Wagner Productions, Baumgarten/Merims
Productions and Lions Gate Films. In April, he began production on The Decameron
for De Laurentiis Productions on location in Italy.
Christensen broke into acting in an unusual way. His older sister, a Junior
World Trampoline champion, had done a commercial endorsement for Pringles. The
agent offered to sign Christensen as well, and at 7 years old, he began acting.
By the time he was 12, he had a continuing role in the first Canadian television
soap opera, the daily Family Passions.
Christensen was a regular on the Fox Family Channel series Higher Ground, and
was featured in Sofia Coppola's acclaimed debut film The Virgin Suicides. His
other film credits include Sarah Kernochan's All I Wanna Do and John
Carpenter's In the Mouth of Madness.
Christensen was born in Vancouver, but his family later moved to the Toronto
area, where he went to school and continues to reside.
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