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Obi-Wan Kenobi: Director Deborah Chow Explains Why Darth Vader’s Return Was Important

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The upcoming release of the Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi series on Disney+ will be this Friday, and it will mark the first time in 17 years that both Hayden Christensen and Ewan McGregor have played Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi.

The new Disney+ series will be taking place ten years after the events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, and nine years before the original Star Wars, and Hayden Christensen has teased that the series will see Darth Vader "trying to bury Anakin as deep down inside as possible."

The upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series will be directed by Deborah Chow, who is also the director of two episodes of Star Wars: The Mandalorian. In a recent interview with Nerdist, Chow explained why the return of Christensen’s Darth Vader was so important.

"Obviously, we're so connected to the prequels," Chow said during the interview. "We're bringing back Ewan and looking back at the character, Anakin plays such a big role in Obi-Wan's life. So much of the weight that we're coming in with the series is coming out of what happened in Revenge of the Sith. It felt very natural to have Hayden be part of this. I think for us, so much of what we're exploring is the emotional relationship between the two of them. To have that emotion, it obviously connects very strongly to Hayden."

She also added of Anakin and Obi-Wan’s relationship, "It's interesting because his last words at the end of Revenge of the Sith are, 'You're my brother and I love you.' There was this obviously incredibly strong brotherly love and this bond between them that had been established in the prequels. At that moment, [Obi-Wan] thinks he's leaving [Anakin] for dead, and then we're picking up coming out of that relationship. So, it's an intense emotional relationship that happened between the two of them. And part of what we're exploring is that weight coming in and that loss and feeling that he had put him down. So that's something we really wanted to explore through the character of Kenobi."

Ewan McGregor previously teased flashback scene between Anakin and Obi-Wan while speaking to Forbes earlier this year.

"I think it's no secret that Hayden Christensen comes back and we got to play scenes together again as Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker and it was just fantastic to work with him again," McGregor said during the interview. "I'm not going to give away anything else about the storyline, only I think it's really going to satisfy Star Wars fans. I always felt there was a story between Episode III where I finished playing Obi-Wan in the movies and Episode IV where Alec Guinness is Obi-Wan Kenobi. The [Obi-Wan Kenobi series] writers and [director Deborah Chow] and I and everyone, I think we crafted or they crafted a very fine storyline. I think people are going to like it."

Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi is set to premiere its first two episodes on May 27, on Disney+.


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