Hayden Christensen is making his grand return to a galaxy far, far away in Obi-Wan Kenobi, and it appears he may be back for the long haul. The actor portrayed Anakin Skywalker in the latter two of George Lucas’ three prequel films, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. When he appears in Kenobi, it’ll be as the iconic villain Darth Vader, who Christensen only previously had a chance to play in a handful of scenes. In a recent interview with Total Film, the one-time leading man spoke about his on-screen transition from Jedi Knight to Sith Lord:
When George [Lucas] had brought me onto the prequels, it was to play Anakin. He gets knighted as Darth Vader towards the end, and for a couple of scenes I get to put the suit on. But my journey with the character was with Anakin Skywalker. But the character? He’s such a complex character. And now, getting to explore the mindset and the emotional state of Darth Vader, has been a lot of fun.Hayden Christensen
More importantly, Christensen continued talking to give a tease for his future with the franchise. There have been rumors that he’ll return to the Vader role for an appearance in the upcoming Ashoka series on Disney+, and while the actor wouldn’t reveal if this is true, he did hint that he may not be done playing Darth Vader:
The extent of this journey, I think, remains to be seen. But what a privilege to get to come back and do this, and to be a part of this project.Hayden Christensen
It certainly sounds like we might get a lot more of Vader moving forward, even if he may be mostly in the form of flashbacks. Yet, they are starting to expand the timeline with different projects. Who knows if they have plants o set some stories up through Obi-Wan Kenobi that would also see his return in a future project.
Source: Total Film