Salvatore said that the novel, which is due to be published at about the same time the film is released next year, provides "insights into the characters' thought processes and establishes new scenes that did not appear in the screenplay."
He indicated that he was particularly taken with the screenplay "because I like dark. ...A lot of it's psychological. You've got this really torn teenager. You start seeing the indications that something's not right in Anakin's world."
So will it be darker than Episode I: The Phantom Menace?
Meanwhile, Hayden Christensen, the 20-year-old Canadian actor who plays Anakin Skywalker, is being praised by Kevin Kline, who costars with him in Life as a House, due to open in limited release on Friday. "He's astonishing," Kline told the Toronto Star. "He's so gifted. So smart and so unspoiled."