Darth Vader played by Hayden Christensen will return in the Obi-Wan Kenobi series, but Lucasfilm was not entirely clear at first
Vanity Fair in its special dedicated to the upcoming releases of the Star Wars series on Disney +, has revealed Lucasfilm’s debate on whether to bring back Darth Vader for Obi-Wan Kenobi. The miniseries starring Ewan McGregor retaking his role as the Jedi Master arrives on the streaming platform on May 27.
Fans have been waiting for the return of Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi for a long time, there have been many rumors in recent years about a hypothetical movie starring his character from the prequels. Now equally exciting for many, however, is the return of Hayden Christensen, who played Anakin Skywalker in the last two Star Wars prequel films and gets the chance to play Darth Vader and make the character his own. While it remains unknown how big of a role the legendary Sith Lord will play in Obi-Wan Kenobi, the fact that Lucasfilm is bringing the character, and Christensen’s version in particular, came as a pleasant surprise to fans of the series. prequels.
The decision to bring Vader back was not an easy one.
Bringing back the Sith lord, however, was not a decision taken lightly, as Vanity Fari has revealed Lucasfilm’s behind-the-scenes discussion on whether to bring him back. Series director Deborah Chow was a big supporter of the idea (and who wasn’t), believing that a rematch between Obi-Wan and Vader was crucial to exploring the emotional state of the main character. Lucasfilm execs were finally sold on the idea that this duel could improve their later showdown in A new hopebut the conversation had a lot of back and forth, as Obi-Wan Kenobi’s head of development and executive producer Michelle Rejwan explains:
“We have these hypothetical conversations 24/7. It’s fun, in your head, to peruse the Star Wars Toy Store. ‘Oh, we could have this character, or introduce that ship.’ But at the end of the day, we really need to keep the why pure.”
Ultimately, the idea for Chow’s Obi-Wan and Darth Vader rematch was actually about continuing what she saw as a love story that had played out throughout the prequels. Something that left the protagonist of McGregor with a lot of pain. He will no doubt be in a dark place at the start of the series, living in hiding in the wake of Order 66 and the Jedi Order’s devastation of him. The prospect of facing his fallen former Padawan again will only be one of Obi-Wan’s many worries, and may not be something he has to deal with until the end of the Obi-Wan Kenobi series.
The main inquisitors
In addition, you must also dodge the Imperial Inquisitors. Especially Reva the Third Sister of Moses Ingram, who is tasked with hunting down the remaining Jedi still in hiding.
The Obi-Wan Kenobi trailer has positioned McGregor’s hero as one of Reva’s big targets, who seems to be relentless in his pursuit, although much of the story remains unknown, it is possible that the series will explore the difficult relationship of Vader with the Inquisitors just like in his comic book series, laying the groundwork for his own series. Can you imagine a series with Vader as the protagonist?
Fortunately, we will discover this and much more when Obi-Wan Kenobi premieres on Disney +.