Hayden Christensen Shows Off Stunning Transformation for ‘Star Wars’ Darth Vader Return

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Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker

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The Star Wars universe is prepping to lose its mind with the epic return of legends Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen in Obi-Wan Kenobi. Kicking off the official press tour, actor Hayden Christensen shows his stunning transformation for his 17-year Star Wars Darth Vader Return.

George Lucas Hayden Christensen as Darth Vader
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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.

Hayden Christensen Obi-Wan Kenobi Series
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In three weeks, Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen are returning to the Star Wars universe after 17 years, reprising their iconic Star Wars characters in the Obi-Wan Kenobi limited series. The new Star Wars story begins ten years after the dramatic events of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005).

Ahead of its release, the official cast and director Deborah Chow have kicked off the press tour for the limited series, showcasing Hayden Christensen in his new and ripped body for Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader:

Deborah Chow, Ewan McGregor, Moses Ingram, and Hayden Christensen promoting #ObiWanKenobi

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Fans were quick to notice similarities between Christensen’s black jacket and Darth Vader’s suit, stating how close the two pieces of clothing look:

Hayden is rocking the Darth Vader suit.

Another fan comments on Hayden’s look:

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One fan hilariously writes:

Older Hayden is fuuuuuuuh-iiine.

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Nonetheless, Hayden Christensen looks much fuller in muscle and flat-out jacked. Many fans, including the YouTube powerhouse and fan-favorite Star Wars Theory, have noticed Christensen’s physical transformation. Praising the actor and his dedication to Star Wars, fans are blown away by Hayden Christensen’s triumphant return:

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Following Revenge of the Sith, Hayden Christensen received hateful comments and rude remarks from many Star Wars viewers, causing the actor to take a hiatus from Hollywood for over a decade.

Many called out his performance, but Christensen played Anakin Skywalker turned Sith Lord exactly how George Lucas envisioned it (when looking at behind-the-scenes footage of Lucas’ directing).

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.

Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi
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“The rematch of the century” teased by Kathleen Kennedy, director Deborah Chow, and Lucasfilm will be supported by Moses Ingram (Inquisitor Reva), Joel Edgerton (Uncle Owen), Bonnie Piesse (Beru Lars), Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell, and Benny Safdie.

Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker (left) and Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi (right)
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This new Star Wars story covers the aftershocks of the fall of the Jedi Order, seeing Obi-Wan Kenobi shift into the drifter Ben Kenobi as he watches over a young Luke Skywalker on Tatooine.

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.

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.

Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi
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Obi-Wan Kenobi debuts on Disney+ on May 27th!

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