Hayden Christensen is reportedly returning as Darth Vader in new Disney+ series

Christensen is now reprising his role in not one, but two Star Wars projects.

Hayden Christensen is reportedly returning as Darth Vader in new Disney+ series
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He may have already died in the movies, but Hayden Christensen will be very much alive as Anakin Skywalker — or Darth Vader — in Ahsoka, the latest Star Wars live-action series to come from Lucasfilm and Disney Plus.

Sources exclusively told The Hollywood Reporter that Christensen is set to reprise his villainous role in the upcoming project led by Rosario Dawson, who plays the fan-favorite character Ahsoka Tano, a Jedi Knight survivor who made her live-action debut in the second season of The Mandalorian.

While Disney has yet to break the news themselves, Dawson appears to have confirmed Christensen’s involvement through a now-deleted Instagram post featuring a photo of the two. In the caption, Dawson wrote: ““Skyguy,…they know!!! See you soon, Snips.”

Details about the plot are scarce as of the moment, so it’s still unclear how Christensen’s character might be involved in the storyline of “Ahsoka.” Complicating things further is that, like “The Mandalorian,” the upcoming series is set five years after the events of Return of the Jedi, which means that Vader had already died.

Nonetheless, the live-action series is poised to proceed, with production set to commence in 2022. No director has been attached to the project yet, but THR reports that Dave Filoni is onboard as a writer as well as an executive producer alongside Jon Favreau and Kathleen Kennedy.

Disney announced during December 2020’s Investor’s Day that Christensen would join the cast of Obi-Wan Kenobi, another Star Wars project in the pipeline starring Ewan McGregor in the titular role. 

Christensen first stepped foot in the Star Wars universe as Anakin Skywalker in 2002’s Star Wars: Attack of the Clones then turned to the dark side to become Darth Vader in 2005’s Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. 

He also had a brief vocal cameo as the infamous Skywalker in 2019’s Rise of the Skywalker, delivering only one line to his granddaughter Kylo Ren: “bring back the balance, Rey, as I did.”

Art Daniella Sison

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