“It’d be good to make him a little bit younger”: George Lucas Knew One Star Wars Actor Was a Bit Too Old for Revenge of the Sith

Actor Temuera Morrison continues to be a part of the galaxy far, far away but George Lucas thought he was too old for the final prequel era film.

George Lucas and Revenge of the Sith
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  • George Lucas returned to his Star Wars franchise to tell the backstory of Darth Vader in the prequels, which also features Temuera Morrison as Jango Fett.
  • For Revenge of the Sith, Lucas felt that Morrison was a bit too old to play Clone Troopers, leading to him relying on CGI to make the actor look younger.
  • Lucas personally recommended Morrison for the role of Boba Fett after selling Lucasfilm to Disney, which reintroduced the iconic character.
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George Lucas returned to the galaxy far, far away to complete his epic space opera saga with the prequels that detail the backstory of Anakin Skywalker / Darth Vader. The prequels explore the rise of the Empire and the fall of the Jedi, with the Clone Troopers playing a crucial role in the overall storyline of this particular era.

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George Lucas originally cast Temuera Morrison to play Jango Fett in Star Wars (Credit: AMC).

In the third installment of the prequels Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Lucas brought back actor Temuera Morrison to play some of the Clone Troopers following his performance as Jango Fett in the earlier installment. However, Lucas quickly realized that Morrison was too old for the part and came up with an inventive solution to resolve the issue.

George Lucas Felt Temuera Morrison Was a Bit Too Old for Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith

Temuera Morrison debuted in the Star Wars universe in the role of Jango Fett, a bounty hunter whose genetic sample served as the basis for the Clone Troopers. After playing Fett and other Clone Troopers in Attack of the Clones, Morrison returned for Revenge of the Sith, playing Commander Cody and other clones.

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George Lucas thought Temuera Morrison was too old for Revenge of the Sith (Credit: Lucasfilm).

An issue of the Star Wars Insider magazine highlighted Morrison’s role in the third installment, which he shared with younger actor Bodie Taylor. While Morrison played some of the older Clone Troopers, Taylor played the younger ones.

It doesn’t have to look exactly like Temuera because he’s the older guy, and Bodie’s the young guy, and these can be any age in between. If anything, if you do use Temuera, it’d be good to make him a litte bit younger.

Lucas is quoted saying the above words in the magazine’s issue #75, where he explained why the Clone Troopers weren’t identical.

Lucas aimed to resolve the issue by digitally combining the faces of the two actors while also adding that given the time passed between the two installments the clones played by Morrison and Taylor were from different batches. Therefore, while Morrison’s age wasn’t an issue, Lucas used some CGI to make him appear not too old when compared to Taylor’s version of the Clone Troopers.

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George Lucas Recommended Temuera Morrison For the Role of Boba Fett in Star Wars

After playing Jango Fett and his clones during the prequels era of the Star Wars franchise, Morrison returned to the galaxy far, far away for season 2 of The Mandalorian. In the series, Morrison took over the role of the iconic original trilogy bounty hunter Boba Fett, played by Daniel Logan in the prequels and Jeremy Bulloch in the originals.

Temuera Morrison has starred as Boba Fett in Star Wars for years
George Lucas suggested Disney cast Temuera Morrison as Boba Fett for new Star Wars projects (Credit: Lucasfilm).

During the behind-the-scenes documentary of The Book of Boba Fett, a spin-off of The Mandalorian, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy revealed that Morrison was recommended for the part by franchise creator George Lucas.

He said if you ever do Boba Fett, you should cast Temuera to play Boba because he’s such a remarkable actor.

Kennedy made the above statement (via ScreenRant) in the documentary.

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Kennedy’s comments revealed Lucas held Morrison in the highest regard and entrusted him to play the iconic Boba Fett. Morrison went on to reprise his prequel trilogy role of Clone Troopers in episodes of the Obi-Wan Kenobi miniseries and the first season of Ahsoka.

The Star Wars movies and spin-off television shows are streaming on Disney+. 

Pratik Handore

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Pratik is a writer at FandomWire, with a content writing experience of five years. Although he has a Bachelors in Hospitality, his fascination with all things pop culture led him to writing articles on a variety of topics ranging from latest streaming releases to unheard movie trivia. When not writing, you can find him reading manga, or watching classic TV shows.