Hayden Christensen Is Returning to Star Wars in ‘Ahsoka’ Series

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Hayden Christensen is to join the cast of Disney+'s latest live-action Star Wars series, Ahsoka.

The actor will reprise his role of Anakin Skywalker, aka Darth Vader, in the show, which will see Rosario Dawson star as Jedi Knight survivor Ahsoka Tano. As previously reported, Christensen will also appear in Disney+'s Obi-Wan Kenobi series with Ewan McGregor.

It's not yet clear how Christensen will feature in Ahsoka, which–like The Mandalorian–is set five years after Return of the Jedi (and after Vader's death), but, according to The Hollywood Reporter, it could be either through flashbacks or even as a Force Ghost.

Plot details are naturally being kept under wraps, but we do know that Star Wars Rebels co-creator Dave Filoni is writing Ahsoka, while also executive producing alongside The Mandalorian creator Jon Favreau. Production is due to begin in early 2022.

Christensen gained international fame for his portrayal of Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader in the Star Wars prequel trilogy films, Star Wars: Attack of the Clones (2002) and Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (2005).

In 2019, the actor returned to the role of Skywalker, providing a voice cameo in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Christensen also received a voice credit as Anakin alongside Matt Lanter for the penultimate episode of the final season of the animated TV series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, 'Shattered'–despite the fact the dialogue used for the episode spoken by Christensen was reused archival audio from Revenge of the Sith.

In December 2020 during Disney's Investor Day, it was announced that Christensen would reprise his role of Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader for the Obi-Wan Kenobi limited series.

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