Since news broke that our lord and saviour Ewan McGregor would be reprising his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi for an impending Disney+ series, Star Wars fans just haven’t been able to calm themselves. In fact, for many of us, it’s the light at the end of this current, dismal tunnel we’re all in.
There is now a new, widely reported rumour pertaining to the series that Hayden Christensen will be returning to the fold to once again don the mantle of Anakin Skywalker.
If Christensen’s cameo as a voice actor for a brief moment in The Rise of Skywalker got your engine revving, you better brace yourself for this one: Per the rumours, his role in the forthcoming series will, in fact be a “principal role” (via LMR who broke the news.)
It’s believed an official announcement was scheduled for the Star Wars Celebration 2020 event, which has since been cancelled.
Given that the Kenobi series is widely believed to take place following Skywalker’s reinvention as Darth Vader, it’s unclear exactly what his plot points will be for the series. Having said that, given that the focus is set to be on Kenobi’s personal trauma following the three prequel films, it’s a safe bet he will feature heavily in flashbacks.
In the years since his 2002 debut in the franchise, Christensen returning to the Star Wars cinematic universe was always heavily dismissed, not just by detractors of his two films (queue the “I hate sand” memes), but even by the man himself who has routinely distanced himself from such banter. But this is 2020, baby, anything can happen.
As mentioned by Screen Rant, the Kenobi series is currently undergoing rewrites meaning a release date, beyond the vague references to 2021, may not be confirmed for some time. Given the rampant success of The Mandalorian, we can rest assured that Disney will be moving heaven, earth and and damn moons of Endor to get Kenobi to screens ASAP.