Hayden Christensen is confirmed to reprise his role as the iconic Darth Vader in the Disney Plus series titled, Obi-Wan Kenobi. The announcement was made by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. Christensen will be starring alongside his former Star Wars prequel colleague Ewan McGregor. McGregor will also return to his role as the titular character.
Christensen released a statement in a press release:
“It was such an incredible journey playing Anakin Skywalker. 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 main reaction from fans about the announcement on Darth Vader’s return was mainly joy. However, there were fans that were left quite concerned and thinking about the franchise’s timeline. Some were confused as a result of the announcement. Since the series will be taking place 10 years after Revenge of the Sith and before A New Hope, they will be facing off with what is being teased as the rematch of the century.
This left fans worried that if Darth Vader and Obi-Wan will meet again for the Obi-Wan Kenobi series, it may lessen the impact when they will eventually meet again in A New Hope.
Here are what some fans were saying as reported by the Independent:
“Very cautious about this because the only time they’re meant to meet again is on the Death Star. The impact of that showdown will be cheapened if they fight in between that.”
“Anakin and Obi-Wan will have a rematch... doesn’t that screw up their dialogue in A New Hope?”
“If they do that, I’ll actually give them credit for it. I wouldn't want them to f*** up their confrontational reunion in A New Hope.”
Despite some fans showing concern about possibly “cheapening” the meeting between Obi-Wan and Darth Vader, most fans are still celebrating over the return of Christensen as Darth Vader.
The production for the Disney+ Obi-Wan Kenobi series will begin in March 2021.