"Star Wars" prequel star
The 33-year-old Canadian actor will play the lead role in "Marco Polo," a fantasy-action movie that is a co-production of
Set to be directed by
The Force hasn't exactly been with Christensen since his breakout role as Anakin Skywalker, the future Darth Vader, in the "Star Wars" installments "Attack of the Clones" (2002) and "Revenge of the Sith" (2005).
He has acted only sporadically since then, with his most recent starring role in a studio film coming in 2008's "Jumper," a critical and commercial dud in the U.S. (It fared better in overseas markets.) His other post-"Star Wars" movies include "Factory Girl," "Awake," "Takers" and the recent "Outcast."
Christensen's other upcoming projects include the faith-based film "90 Minutes in Heaven" and the World War II zombie flick "Untot."