George Lucas’s “Star Wars” prequel trilogy was supposed to be an exciting new saga that rejuvenated the late 1970s franchise for a whole new generation. However, it turned out to be a disappointment not just for fans of the original trilogy, but for new audiences as well. Hayden Christensen was cast to play Anakin Skywalker, who eventually turned out to be Darth Vader and Luke and Leia’s father. Christensen recently expressed interest in returning to the Star Wars universe.
In a video interview with etalk Canada as noted by Melty, A.V. Club, and Comic Book Resources (CBR), Hayden Christensen was asked whether he’d consider reprising his Anakin Skywalker role in the new trilogy. “Oh absolutely, yeah, in a heartbeat for sure,” the “Jumper” actor said. He also gushed about the experience he gathered from working in the two Star Wars movies, namely “Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones” and “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith” which came out in 2002 and 2005, respectively. In the first film of that trilogy, “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace,” Jake Lloyd played the role.
“Being a part of that world was a huge deal for me,” Hayden Christen says in the video at the 13 minutes, 23-second mark. He added that “It was a good four-five years of my life. I have fond memories and good friendships from that whole time.”
The actor, who last starred with Kate Bosworth in the Christian-themed movie “90 minutes in Heaven” about a man who has a near-death experience and claims to have seen heaven, is still interested to appear in another Star Wars project. He revealed that he is kept abreast of the recent happenings in the Star Wars world, possibly by the filmmakers or producers.
“I don’t have any involvement in the [Star Wars] movies anymore but you know they were obviously a big part of my life, for a little while. So, I’m very curious, yeah,” Hayden Christensen said about the Star Wars movies that are coming up.
Interestingly, Anakin Skywalker’s force ghost was supposed to make an appearance in Episode VII, as Making Star Wars pointed out in December last year. A number of Anakin Skywalker concept arts showed up on the “The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens” book by Phil Szostak, released by Lucasfilm. It showed Anakin looking half Hayden Christensen and half Darth Vader. The story would have explained that Anakin could not fully let go of the dark side, even in death. Darth Vader is also rumored to appear in “Rogue One.”
The Star Wars section occurs around the 12:37 mark in the interview below.