Obi-Wan Kenobi Series: Could Anakin Skywalker Make an Appearance?
The Obi-Wan Kenobi series could be adding a familiar name to the cast list.
Star Wars fans can rarely imagine Obi-Wan Kenobi without his padawan, Anakin Skywalker—and it turns out, neither can streaming service Disney Plus.
LRM Online have shared a rumour that Hayden Christensen’s Anakin Skywalker will be appearing alongside Ewan McGregor’s Kenobi in the upcoming solo series.
According to LRM’s sources, Christensen has signed a contract to appear in a recurring role on the Obi-Wan Kenobi show, not a cameo as apparently had been stipulated in earlier contract negotiations.
As yet, neither Christensen, Disney, McGregor, nor showrunner Deborah Chow have confirmed Skywalker’s appearance, but it could be an interesting story decision if it turns out to be true.
Obi-Wan Kenobi Series: How Could Anakin Appear?
The Obi-Wan Kenobi series is set during the period following Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith—Kenobi will, at this time, be hiding out on Tatooine, keeping an eye on Anakin’s son, Luke, from a distance.
Anakin will have already become Darth Vader—Christensen was seen as Vader in the last moments of the third prequel film, but only very briefly.
Vader’s only appearance post the prequel series was in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, where he was portrayed by Spencer Wilding and Daniel Naprous. In all of Vader’s appearances—live-action and animated—his voice has been performed by James Earl Jones.
If Disney is bringing Christensen back for the role, it is unlikely that he will be hidden behind heavy make-up and an obscuring mask. But how can Vader and Skywalker exist at the same time?
Skywalker could possibly appear to Obi-Wan Kenobi as a Force vision—one conjured up by Kenobi’s lonely mind. Perhaps Skywalker will project a Light Side version of himself to keep his old Master company?
We know that Kenobi spends his time on Tatooine learning how to communicate with his late Master, Qui-Gon Jinn, so he can become one with the Force later on. His history with Anakin could be a stepping stone to completing the process.
Despite the lack of details, fans will be excited by this rumor. Christensen’s Skywalker was not well-received by viewers—nor were the prequels. But over the last decade, perceptions about the character, actor, and films has slowly changed.
The popularity of The Clone Wars series—which greatly fleshed out both Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi—have added to a resurgence of appreciation for the characters.
Were Disney to pull this off, fans could be seeing one of the most popular pair of Star Wars characters return in a highly-anticipated show.
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Obi-Wan Kenobi will be streamed on Disney+ at an unspecified date.