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George Lucas is in the final stages of choosing the actor to play ANAKIN SKYWALKER in Star Wars: Episode II (2002). Over the past weekend the legendary director invited a handful of candidates to SKYWALKER RANCH to do a digital screen test opposite Natalie Portman who plays QUEEN AMIDALA. And producer RICK MCCALLUM says the world should know who has won the high profile role in the next few weeks. He adds, "The casting of Anakin is always a very emotional thing. It could be several weeks before we know anything." Hollywood gossips still claim TOM HANK'S son COLIN is the frontrunner.

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