Hayden Christensen will officially be reprising the role of Darth Vader in the new Star Wars series Obi-Wan Kenobi, also featuring Ewan McGregor.
Hold your horses, folks. Amongst the plethora of Star Wars news at Disney Investor Day today, perhaps the most exciting of all is that Hayden Christensen will be returning to the galaxy far far away in Obi-Wan Kenobi, his first appearance in the franchise since Revenge Of The Sith. The series is set to take place 10 years after the conclusion of Revenge Of The Sith, and wow – could I be any more keen? (Sorry prequels haters).
Will we get to see Christensen in the flesh? Or will he be covered in the Darth Vader mask for the entirety? The six-episode series is set to begin filming in March 2021, so while we’ve got a bit of time on our hands, if you haven’t, you can catch up on The Mandalorian, which has a new episode coming out tonight on Disney Plus.
The series is to be scripted by Joby Harold (Army of the Dead, Underground, Spinning Out), and will feature the sensational Ewan McGregor who’s been teasing his return to the role of Obi-Wan, despite multiple setbacks for the series.
The series will also feature previous prequel actress Genevieve O’Reilly (Mon Mothma), as well as Stellan Skarsgard, Kyle Soller, Denise Gough, and Adria Arjona.
Christensen’s return to the Star Wars universe will no doubt be controversial given the criticism of the overall execution of the prequel trilogy, although I will forever hold a special place for the films, especially after seeing Revenge Of The Sith at the IMAX theatre with my mum. Oh, the glory days.
Well there’s a strike against it. Christensen can’t act his way out of a wet paper bag.
— D. E. Wyatt (@D_E_Wyatt) December 10, 2020
The conference was packed with Star Wars content, announcing that there would be seven new projects in the next few years, including an Andor spinoff starring Diego Luna as Cassian Andor, an Ashoka Tano spinoff, and a Rangers of the New Republic series both from The Mandalorian creator Jon Favreau and executive producer Dave Filoni.
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One thing is for sure, I think we’re all needing a bit more 2005 energy for our 2021. Bring it on, Hayden Christensen.