Some pretty massive and exciting news dropped today, as The Hollywood Reporter‘s Borys Kit reports that Hayden Christensen is returning for the upcoming Ahsoka series!
Christensen is returning for the Obi-Wan Kenobi series, which recently wrapped filming, where he will once again star alongside Ewan McGregor – this time, though, as Darth Vader. It’s unclear if he’ll also appear as Anakin Skywalker through flashbacks, but we know he’s playing the fallen apprentice of Kenobi in the series, which is set in-between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.
What we didn’t know previously was this report that he’ll also be returning for Ahsoka! That series is set after the events of Return of the Jedi, in-line with the timeline of The Mandalorian, which means that Anakin/Vader is already dead. So while THR doesn’t seem to know for sure which version of the character Christensen will be playing, I think it’s very reasonable to assume he’ll be playing Anakin, starring alongside Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka Tano, the former apprentice to Skywalker. Maybe that will be via flashbacks from The Clone Wars, something I’ve long hoped we’d see in Obi-Wan Kenobi but that might happen here. Or maybe it will be via a Force ghost, of the redeemed Anakin Skywalker talking with his former padawan and friend once more. I’ve long been curious how Ahsoka learned that Anakin returned to the light and how things would play out, and I think it would be truly touching – and could be one of the most poignant and emotional scenes in Star Wars – if we see a redeemed Anakin talking to Ahsoka once more, this time as a Force ghost.
However it plays out, the fact that Christensen is back for these two shows is absolutely thrilling to me. Getting a chance to see both Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen back, and then to see Ahsoka Tano in live-action, is a dream come true. And Ahsoka is being written and directed by Dave Filoni, who knows these characters as well as anyone. It’s an incredible time to be a Star Wars fan, and this news makes me all the more excited to see where these things all lead.