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'No fears' over Darth Vader tag
Hayden Christensen
Christensen said it was "cool" to play Darth Vader
Actor Hayden Christensen, who plays Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars prequel films, says he does not fear being typecast.

Christensen reprises the role of the future Darth Vader in Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, released in May.

Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, who played Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia in the original trilogy, found it hard to be accepted in other roles.

But Christensen said times had changed since then.

Iconic role

In the latest film, which will get its world premiere on 19 May, Anakin Skywalker takes the final steps to the dark side and puts on the black Vader suit.

But Christensen said he did not fear being labelled for life as Darth Vader, adding it would be "cool" to be remembered for the iconic role.

"I think it's a little dated, to be honest, the whole typecast thing," he said.

Star Wars fans queuing
Fans plan to camp out until the film opens

"I think 20 years ago, 30 years ago, there was only one blockbuster that came out every few years, and so audiences got such a strong association with the actor and the role in the film. Now, there's four or five a summer."

Meanwhile, dedicated Star Wars fans, who started queuing for the final movie weeks before it opened, are staying putt, despite being told they are outside the wrong cinema.

Fans lined up outside the famous Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood only to be told producers have opted to open the film one mile away at the Arclight cinema, but a final deal still has to be struck.

'Emotional' film

Caroline Ritter, 23, an airline pilot-in-training from Australia, said: "We're going to try to get at least one showing here. We'd really love one showing. At worst, we'll go to the Arclight. But we're not going to deal with that until we have to."

Sarah Sprague, 31, of Los Angeles, said people believed they were safe at the Chinese, which is located on Hollywood Boulevard.

She said: "This is a great, high-traffic area for tourists and everything else. No, we love this space. This is a great neighbourhood."

Revenge of the Sith will be the last of three prequels to the original 1977 science fiction classic.

Director George Lucas has said the film is darker and more emotional than previous Star Wars films.

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