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Obi-Wan Kenobi: Hayden Christensen says he was ‘beyond elated’ when he was invited to come back

Christensen will reprise the role of Darth Vader in the new Star Wars series, which will be available to stream on Disney+ Hotstar.

  • Ujan Chakraborty

Last Updated: 03.13 PM, May 26, 2022

Obi-Wan Kenobi: Hayden Christensen says he was ‘beyond elated’ when he was invited to come back

Obi-Wan Kenobi

Hayden Christensen's Star Wars character Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader came to an end in George Lucas' 2005 film Revenge of the Sith, and the actor has acknowledged over the years that he missed being a part of the franchise, a wish that was granted with Obi Wan Kenobi. Obi Wan Kenobi is a spin-off to the Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. A mini-series, it will be available to stream on Disney+ Hotstar.

Before being cast by Lucas to portray Anakin Skywalker aka Darth Vader in two Star Wars films, Attack of the Clones released in 2002 and Revenge of the Sith released in 2007, Christensen was a relatively unknown person in Hollywood. Despite the fact that the films were not well reviewed by critics, the Canadian actor was brought to light around the world for his role. Christensen said in an interview with PTI that he believed his period with the character and the franchise were gone when he finished Revenge of the Sith, but seeing his contemporaries reprise their roles in subsequent Star Wars ventures gave him hope.

It certainly had a genuine sense of closure with the climax of the prequel. As a result, it felt like the end of the road for him and that his adventure with the character was over. He said he was quite heartbroken to see it come to an end because it had been such a great experience for him. He missed it throughout the years, even though he enjoyed just watching the new 'Star Wars' stories with everyone else and returning to being a fan again. The 41-year-old actor further said that he was really beyond ecstatic when he got the request to come back.

When it finally came to returning the role for the Disney+ Original series Obi-Wan Kenobi, Christensen stated it was an easy entry because it was a character he spent a lot of time with, knew very well, and cared a lot about. He said he was ‘beyond elated’ when he was invited to play the character again. And it was an amazing opportunity to learn more about Darth Vader's thoughts. Everything felt like a natural extension of his character's adventure, according to the portal, Lastly.

Deborah Chow's Obi-Wan Kenobi is set 10 years after the events of "Revenge of the Sith”, in which Anakin Skywalker surrendered to the darkness and became Darth Vader, whilst Ewan McGregor's Obi-Wan fled to the mythical world of Tatooine.

According to Christensen, the show will depict a darker Darth Vader as well as investigate his mental state. One of the things that drew him to this chance was the possibility of getting a glimpse of what it's like to be Darth Vader at this moment in time. The point where they left him at the end of Revenge of the Sith has a big influence on his mental and emotional states.

A six-episode series titled Obi-Wan Kenobi will release on Disney+ Hotstar on May 27 in India.