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Next of Anakin

Natalie Portman drops hints about ''Star Wars: Episode III.'' She says Hayden Christensen and Ewan McGregor did their own stunts for a ''pretty sick'' duel

Natalie Portman, Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones | THIRD TIME'S A CHARM Portman dishes on ''Episode III''
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THIRD TIME'S A CHARM Portman dishes on ''Episode III''
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Details about the still-untitled ''Star Wars: Episode III'' will surely remain hard to come by for the next year and a half. Still, ''Star Wars'' star Natalie Portman has spilled a few beans about the film's likely dramatic crux, the showdown between mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and his seduced-by-the-Dark-Side protégé, Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen). ''I saw a pretty amazing fight scene between Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen,'' she told MTV News. ''It's pretty sick.''

Portman, whose character sees her Jedi sweetie turn into Darth Vader in the film, was scant on details of the duel, except to say of her two costars: ''They did it all themselves. They were thinking of having stuntmen do it, but they were better than the stuntmen. It's pretty awesome.''

Currently on screen in the Civil War epic ''Cold Mountain'' (a.k.a. ''Stars-and-Bars Wars''), Portman and the other ''Star Wars'' actors recently completed principal photography on ''Episode III'' in Australia, though they have no idea what the final product will look like once director George Lucas adds all the CGI effects shots. ''Is it gonna be worth it? We just shot it and we worked really hard. I think all of us were trying to make it as good as possible. It was our last chance to sort of, you know, do something with it,'' she told MTV. ''So, I'm hoping. But they work on it for two years after we finish shooting, putting the special effects and all that stuff.'' One thing that is known: the movie's release date, which is set for May 25, 2005, the 28th anniversary of the release of the original ''Star Wars'' movie.

Originally posted Jan 05, 2004