The Hayden Christensen Redemption Tour Continues With His Confirmation In Ahsoka!
It was only a matter of time until we got confirmation that Hayden Christensen is in Ahsoka, the new Star Wars series coming on Disney Plus. The resurgence of the Star Wars brand on streaming with The Mandalorian is going to see many different stories from that universe being told. With the success of the recent Star Wars: Visions anthology series, it’s proof that the universe is ripe for brand new stories and exploring new corners of that galaxy. But until then, we’ll be going back to the familiar places with the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney Plus series. And now, with Hayden Christensen in the Ahsoka series, both those new shows have something in common. But exactly how the actor who played Anakin Skywalker and Darth Vader will factor into these stories that take place decades apart, is still unknown.
Comic Years Called It Almost A Year Ago
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The THR exclusive that confirms that Hayden Christensen will be in Ahsoka feels obvious when you think about it. We already knew that the actor will be a part of the Obi-Wan Kenobi series. And if the apprentice can show up in his master’s series, it made sense that the master would also appear in his own apprentice’s series in Ahsoka. But, given that Ahsoka will be in the same Mandalorian timeline of a post-Return Of The Jedi world where Vader is dead, it didn’t make sense.
However, our prophetic managing editor of Comic Years saw it coming almost a year ago, as he discussed how Christensen would fit into Obi-Wan, and just casually assumed that he would also be in Ahsoka. And with this official confirmation coming in, it all kind of makes sense, in a larger, philosophical, Force ideology type of way. I’ll explain.
Hayden Christensen In Ahsoka Seems Impossible But Definitely Possible
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As Joshua outlined in detail, Christensen in the Obi-Wan series makes sense, given its timeline. Obi-Wan will take place between the years of Revenge Of The Sith and A New Hope. The show will (presumably) track the adventures of Obi-Wan Kenobi after he settles on Tattooine to watch over an infant Luke Skywalker. So we might those missing years until his emergence in the chance meeting with the same, now grown man, that then set him on a path to meet Vader one final time.
The series could, potentially, feature meetings between Christensen’s Vader and Ewan McGregor’s Kenobi during that time. Or, it could just showcase Anakin adjusting to his new, Sith life, while Kenobi retires from Jedi life. The two story tracks running paralell, but separate to one another during the series. While Kathleen Kennedy did imply in the Disney Investor’s Day that the two would be crossing lightsabers, it’s hard to see how that could happen without disturbing canon. Regardless, Vader in the Obi-Wan series makes sense. Whereas the setting of Ahsoka at a time after the death of Vader, doesn’t. So… how?
How Hayden Christensen Can Be In Ahsoka
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The only way I can see Christensen used in Ahsoka, potentially, is through flashbacks. We’re not entirely sure how these Disney Plus Star Wars series will work, given they’re about characters from the main films. The Mandalorian was an original series, so there was no in-story recap/back story required. However, while both Ahsoka and Obi-Wan will be mostly for fans of the franchise, good storytelling dictates that they also be good standalone stories. That implies some semblance of exposition or backstory for those characters for the casual audience. So I’m thinking that given that a huge part of Ahsoka’s story is directly tied into her apprenticeship under Anakin Skywalker, we be getting flashbacks! And this is super exciting for many reasons. The Obi-Wan series will have an Anakin who is damaged and wounded beyond repair, hence, the transformation into Darth Vader.
Whereas, flashbacks to a younger Ahsoka can see Hayden Christensen in all his proper non-lava burnt glory. Which is the redemption of Christensen that we really need. I mean, the actor behind a dark suit or his charred face makeup is cool and all. But seeing Christensen reprise the young, passionate and idealistic Anakin will be a massive treat for fans. Oh, and this will also be the first time Christensen gets to be opposite Ahsoka, given that their relationship started and ended on the animated Clone Wars series. It’s either that or he’ll appear as Force Ghost Anakin to give her sage wisdom and advise. Like Force Ghosts usually do. And like McGregor, the man looks good enough to need no de-ageing. Or maybe, minimal de-ageing. Either way, I’m excited!
No word on when Ahsoka will premiere on Disney Plus, but production will begin 2022.
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Shah Shahid is an entertainment writer, movie critic (so he thinks), host of the Split Screen Podcast (on Apple Podcasts & everywhere else) and filmy father on a mission to educate his girls on decades of film history. Armed with uncontrollable sarcasm and cautious optimism, Shah loves discussing film, television and comic book content until his wife’s eyes glaze over. So save her by engaging him on his own blog at BlankPageBeatdown.com or on Twitter @theshahshahid.