Hayden Christensen

Male star of tomorrow

Why: Christensen, who received good notices as the lying, cheating journalist Stephen Glass in “Shattered Glass,” reprises his two-faced role as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader in “Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith,” which opens May 19 worldwide. In “Sith,” Christensen’s character chooses the dark side, disappoints Natalie Portman’s loving Amidala and breaks the heart of Ewan McGregor’s wise Obi-Wan.

Dark vs. light, good vs. evil: “When you’re playing a character that’s flawed, the first rule is you can’t be judgmental. Otherwise, you’re playing him with that bias, and you’re projecting onto your character instead of just letting him be,” Christensen has said.

What’s so hard about Anakin?

“The most challenging part of filming ‘Episode III’ — and ‘II’ for that matter — was working with and trying to engage characters that weren’t actually there,” he says of his bluescreen exploits.

“The most fun was dueling it out with Ewan,” he adds.

What’s next: The actor will soon shoot “The Decameron,” directed by David Leland. The film brings Giovanni Boccaccio’s 14th-century tale about storytelling to the bigscreen. Mischa Barton co-stars.

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