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Here we go again: Hayden Christensen rumoured back for Star Wars: Episode IX

January 29th, 2019 by Marc Comments

Another Star Wars, another batch of rumours that Hayden Christensen is returning.

In the prequel trilogy Christensen played Anakin Skywalker, the man who would lead to the overthrowing of the Jedi Order and ultimately become Darth Vader.

Ever since Disney took over the Star Wars franchise there’s been rumours that the actor was coming back to the role (here).

Now, given that Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith was released in 2005 and Christensen is now 37, it may seem unlikely, given when he back Vader he was in his early 20s.

But we believe that he could certainly be used to voice – or even perform under make-up or prosthetics – Darth Vader or anakin Vader in one of the new movies.

The rumour mill says: “There had already been reports of storyboard and artwork descriptions of some sort of Anakin/Darth Vader force ghost which was visualised for The Force Awakens.

“Abrams designed a powerful scene where the force ghost flickers between Anakin and Darth Vader, symbolising the tormented conflict inside Kylo Ren/Ben Solo.”

This makes sense for two reasons. Kylo’s arc, his whole story, has been based around his adoration for his grandfather, Anakin Skywalker and the conflict in Kylo was represented by the killing of his father, Han Solo, and then his inability to kill his mother, Leia Organa-Solo so Anakin coming to him, to show the conflict is a solid idea.

It also ties back to art and ideas we saw waaaaaaay back before The Force Awakens, that seemed to visualise an Anakin/Vader Force Ghost that was part Jedi and Sith:

Imagine walking a path and seeing that all that waited for you was a tortured afterlife where your soul was lit in two… chilling stuff.

Christensen, despite getting a lot of abuse back in the day for his performances as Anakin/Vader, has been embraced by the fandom in a big way in recent years, so we have a sneaky suspicion this return would tick a lot of boxes with the fans.

Would you like to see the return of Hayden? Let us know…

Source: The Express


Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….