According to a new interview with Death Row Records' former Chief Engineer Rick Clifford, Tupac Shakur was set to audition for the role of Mace Windu—the role that ended up going to Samuel L. Jackson—in 1999's Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace before he was killed in 1996.

"He was telling me that he was supposed to read for George Lucas and them. They wanted him to be a Jedi. Yes, I’m serious — Samuel L got Tupac’s part," Clifford said in the interview, which was for 2Pac-Forum. "It’s sad because ‘Pac found out that I worked for Brian Austin Green, who was on 90210, then he found out I was in some movies. So we always talked about his film career and stuff...yeah, he called me 'Old Man.' He said, 'Old Man, keep your fingers crossed, I got three movies coming up. One of them I gotta read for George Lucas.'"

Shakur, of course, did star in a few movies before his death, including Juice (pictured above) and John Singleton's Poetic Justice.

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[via New York Daily News]