Hayden Christensen is set to reprise his role as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader in huge game-changing news for the new Disney+ series, Ahsoka. Details about who Christensen will be coming back as has yet to be revealed, but his involvement in the project means we could have some insight into what the plotline for Ahsoka might look like.
Christensen’s role gives Disney the chance to complete the Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith timeline that overlaps with the events in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars intertwined Ahsoka with key events that were shown in the Star Wars prequel trilogy’s third installment. Though the Ahsoka series takes place five years after Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, there’s no reason flashbacks are out of the question.
The new Disney+ series will star Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka, a powerful force bearer who once was a Jedi Padawan under Anakin Skywalker before leaving the Jedi Order. Dawson first appeared as Ahsoka in The Mandalorian season 2, episode 5, “Chapter 13: The Jedi,” when the Mandalorian brought Grogu to her while thinking she was the Jedi who would train the child to use his powers, a responsibility later accepted and taken by Luke Skywalker himself in The Mandalorian. Ahsoka’s very first appearance in Star Wars canon, though, was in 2008’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars as a teenage Padawan who would later face off against Darth Vader in Star Wars: Rebels.
Once very close, Ahsoka and Anakin Skywalker’s relationship rivaled the master-apprentice relationship Anakin and Obi-Wan once shared. It was later revealed that Ahsoka’s departure from the Jedi Order made the decision to do the same easier for Anakin. Vader picking up Ahsoka’s lightsaber at the end of Star Wars: The Clone Wars indicated he still felt a strong bond for her after transitioning to the Dark Side.
Ahsoka would not meet her master again until Star Wars: Rebels season 2. Ahsoka and Vader fought in a heartbreaking lightsaber duel that would have left her dead had it not been for some assistance in season 4 from Ezra, who used the Jedi temple on Lothal to extract Ahsoka from her near-death. Whether it be through flashbacks or a present day face-to-face encounter, there’s no doubt that the unresolved emotional burdens from both sides will bring forth a compelling Star Wars series.
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