Prepare to have your midi-chlorians buzzing, folks, because Anakin Skywalker is back in the cosmic spotlight!
After much anticipation and speculation, Hayden Christensen rekindled the Force as Anakin Skywalker in the hit series 'Ahsoka.' Yes, the podracing prodigy turned Jedi turned galaxy-shaping villain has graced our screens once more. Christensen's return as Anakin was a surprise treat in episodes 4 and 5, reuniting him with his former Jedi apprentice, the ever-awesome Ahsoka Tano (played by the fantastic Rosario Dawson).
But wait, there's more! Disney is giving us a backstage pass to the magic of Christensen's reappearance. In a featurette that dropped just before the SAG-AFTRA strike (timing, right?), the series creator Dave Filoni spills the beans on why he couldn't resist resurrecting the man who would ultimately become Darth Vader. "You know, as I was crafting the story for 'Ahsoka,' I thought, 'Why not bring Anakin and Ahsoka back together?' It's just pure awesomeness."
Off-screen, Christensen and Dawson are practically old pals. They not only shared the screen in 2003's 'Shattered Glass,' but Dawson spills the nostalgia beans by revealing they've known each other for ages, adding a delightful layer of real-life emotion to their on-screen reunion. (There's even footage of them rehearsing and sharing a high-five after a lightsaber showdown, if you needed more proof that this reunion is the real deal.)
"Ahsoka" isn't Christensen's first time dusting off the Anakin persona; he teamed up with his prequel comrade Ewan McGregor in last year's 'Obi-Wan Kenobi,' donning the Vader suit and making a memorable cameo as a younger Anakin in a flashback. However, 'Ahsoka' seems to offer him the juiciest slice of Star Wars pie since 'Revenge of the Sith' back in 2005. In the series, Anakin imparts his final wisdom to Ahsoka within the enigmatic Force realm known as the "World Between Worlds." "Slipping into those Anakin robes, donning those Jedi garments, it's a mind-blowing experience every single time," Christensen muses. "I can't help but feel incredibly grateful."
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