Star Wars’ Hayden Christensen is returning as Darth Vader in Obi-Wan Kenobi

Star Wars miniseries Obi-Wan Kenobi will reunite Hayden Christensen with Ewan McGregor

Star Wars’ Hayden Christensen is returning as Darth Vader in Obi-Wan Kenobi 13

Hayden Christensen is officially returning to the Star Wars franchise for the Disney+ series Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Disney announced on Thursday that Christensen will reprise his role as Anakin Skywalker / Darth Vader in Obi-Wan Kenobi, reuniting him with Ewan McGregor who will be back in the title role.

Christensen and McGregor co-starred in 2002’s Star Wars: Attack of the Clones and in its 2005 sequel Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. The iconic duel between Christensen’s Anakin and McGregor’s Obi-Wan amid the volcanic lava of the planet Mustafar in Revenge of the Sith was the climactic event that led to Anakin’s transformation into the franchise’s central villain, Darth Vader.

The duel between Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi on Mustafar in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
The duel between Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi on Mustafar in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith

In a featurette screened exclusively for investors as part of Disney Investor Day on Thursday, McGregor said that “the most beautiful thing of all” about the series is that it has brought him back together with Hayden,” adding that the two of them will have “another swing at each other” before the end of the series.

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, who was present at the event, called Christensen and McGregor’s reunion for Obi-Wan Kenobi “the rematch of the century.”

In a statement, Christensen expressed his excitement about returning to the Star Wars franchise. “It was such an incredible journey playing Anakin Skywalker,” said the actor. “Of course, Anakin and Obi-Wan weren’t on the greatest of terms when we last saw them… It will be interesting to see what an amazing director like Deborah Chow has in store for us all. I’m excited to work with Ewan again. It feels good to be back.”

The news of Christensen’s return to the epic space opera franchise was met with enthusiasm from fans. While a lot of them can’t wait to see him share the screen with McGregor once again, others are most excited for Christensen to prove his detractors wrong and finally get the respect he deserves. See some of the fan reactions in the tweets below:

Announced last August at D23 Expo, Obi-Wan Kenobi is described as a special event series set 10 years after the dramatic events of Revenge of the Sith. As mentioned above, the new series is directed by Deborah Chow, who had helmed two episodes of The Mandalorian season 1.

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Production on Obi-Wan Kenobi is set to start in March 2021, with the series premiering on Disney+ in 2022.

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, The Verge, Star Wars