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SAMUEL L. JACKSON is pretty iconic as Mace Winduin all of the "Star Wars" prequels.  But apparently, he wasn't the first choice for the role.  Someone is now claiming that TUPAC SHAKUR was set to audition for the part before he died.

A former Death Row engineer is saying that Tupac was supposed to read for GEORGE LUCAS, and they wanted him to be a Jedi.

Tupac was shot and killed in September of 1996.  And "The Phantom Menace" started filming in 1997.