Hayden Christensen Had “Interesting” Experience Returning as Anakin Skywalker

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George Lucas Hayden Christensen as Darth Vader

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The Star Wars universe is changing for good with Obi-Wan Kenobi, and every fan looks forward to the return of Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader. The actor reveals his “interesting” experience ahead of his debut while returning to this beloved franchise.

Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker (left) and Natalie Portman as Padmé Amidala (right)
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The Skywalker saga expands to nine feature films, numerous animated series, streaming series (The Mandalorian) countless novels, and beloved video games, resulting in hours of fun for every Star Wars fan.

Though George Lucas no longer directly oversees the future of his sagas, many of his handpicked actors are still leading the torch, particularly Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen.

Hayden Christensen Obi-Wan Kenobi Series
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It’s been 17 years since McGregor and Christensen shared the big screen as Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005).

Nearly two decades later, the duo is back for the limited series Obi-Wan Kenobi on Disney+ this May, exciting the Star Wars community.

Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi
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To prepare for his role as Sith Lord Darth Vader, servant of Emporer Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid), and forsaken hero Anakin Skywalker, Hayden Christensen dived deep into all nine Skywalker Saga films, as well as the entirety of The Clone Wars and The Rebels animated series:

“I went back and rewatched all the films. And I also got into the animated shows, The Clone Wars and Rebels.”

Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker
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Christensen continues with Entertainment Weekly:

“It was interesting. They did a lot with these characters in those shows. And they did further explore the relationship. There was interesting stuff there to learn about. It was great fun getting to go back and re-immerse yourself in this world that just continues to grow and become more and more vast.”

Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker
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Just in time for his 41st birthday, Entertainment Weekly reveals that Hayden Christensen committed countless hours to get the entire backstory and development of his Star Wars character in The Clone Wars and more, a series that redefines Anakin and Obi-Wan’s connection through the Force and deep friendship by the time fans see them in Revenge of the Sith.

While it’s clear that Christensen is being welcomed back with open arms, unfair backlash and criticism following his portrayal of Anakin Skywalker in Revenge of the Sith caused the actor to take a hiatus from major Hollywood productions.

Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker
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Nonetheless, the man in black is finally back, ready to exact revenge on an exiled Ben Kenobi with his Inquisitors and more.

More about Obi-Wan Kenobi

The story begins ten years after the dramatic events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, where Obi-Wan Kenobi faced his most significant defeat—the downfall and corruption of his best friend and Jedi apprentice, Anakin Skywalker, who turned to the dark side as evil Sith Lord Darth Vader in the Star Wars franchise.

Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi
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The world of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Darth Vader (James Earl Jones), Jedi Master Yoda (Frank Oz), Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein), Darth Maul (Ray Parker), Anakin Skywalker (Boba Fett (Jeremy Bulloch/Temura Morrison), Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor), Grogu (AKA “Baby Yoda”), Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff)Koska Reeves (Sasha Banks), Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen), and Moff Gideon’s (Giancarlo Esposito) the Millennium Falcon, the Death Star, and The Clone Wars.

Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi
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Within the Star Wars franchise, Lucasfilm is moving past Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) or the controversial Rian Johnson Star Wars film The Last Jedi (2018) as we dive into the Old Republic or explore new realities of the Star Wars universe with each new TV show or the upcoming Star Wars game like Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order 2 or Star Wars Eclipse.

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