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Hayden Christensen talks about returning as an ‘in his prime’ Darth Vader in Kenobi series as new posters drop

May 11th, 2022 by Marc Comments

Five cool new pieces of art/posters for the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series have been released, focusing on the iconic weapons of the Jedi and Sith.

The posters give us a look at the lightsabers belonging to Kenobi (Ewan McGregor), Darth Vader (Hayden Christensen), The Grand Inquisitor (Rupert Friend), Reva (Moses Ingram) and The Fifth Brother (Sung Kang).

The posters come as the stars do the press tour to promote the new Disney+ series and, as expected, many are looking to Christensen, returning as Vader for the first time since 2005’s Revenge of the Sith and the star seems over the moon to be back and promises we’re going to see a Vader at the top of his evil game.

In a new interview with Total Film the star revealed that Vader’s fighting style will be more like that which we saw in the prequels: “We’re more in line with the prequels than we are with how the fights are in the original trilogy. These characters have aged, but not that much yet.” 

He has also said that he believed his time as Anakin/Vader was done but he was delighted to be wrong on that account: “The experience of making the prequels was phenomenal. I mean, getting to work with George Lucas, and getting to play this character, I couldn’t have dreamed it up any better. I didn’t want it to end.

“It was a sad thing when it concluded. At the time, I thought that was that. I thought George had told his story, and my journey with the character was complete. After all of these years, to get to come back and to continue my journey is extremely meaningful to me.

As for Vader, we have never really seen him fight at his full strength in the live-action shows/movies but Christensen says this Vader is “in his prime”“He is 100% a fully realised Vader… He’s a very complex character, and there’s an inherent struggle of identity that is always present – there’s inner conflict. He’s always going to be struggling with the loss of Padmé.

“He’s got Anakin buried deep down inside. There always has to be that element of Anakin there, because he does eventually find redemption in the end – through the love of his son, no less. So there has to be that bit of him in there for Luke to be able to access. There’s a lot going on.”

Man, we’re so excited for this so! Are you?

The story begins 10 years after the dramatic events of “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith” where Obi-Wan Kenobi faced his greatest 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. The series stars Ewan McGregor, reprising his role as the iconic Jedi Master, and also marks the return of Hayden Christensen in the role of Darth Vader.

Joining the cast are Moses Ingram, Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell and Benny Safdie. “Obi-Wan Kenobi” is directed by Deborah Chow and executive-produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Deborah Chow, Ewan McGregor and Joby Harold

Obi-Wan Kenobi arrives on May 25th 27th on Disney+.

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….