Hayden Christensen Teases Obi-Wan Kenobi’s ‘Connective Tissue’ Between Prequels and Original Movies

Posted 2022/05/12 2 0

Obi-Wan Kenobi takes place a decade after Revenge of the Sith, and the series is set to connect the prequel movies to the original Star Wars trilogy.

Obi-Wan Kenobi makes its Disney+ debut later this month, and ahead of the highly-anticipated Star Wars series premiere, the show’s stars kicked off a press tour in Germany. Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen, Moses Ingram and series director Deborah Chow are now happily talking about what fans can expect from the newest addition to the Star Wars saga. However, in this month’s edition of Total Film, Darth Vader actor Hayden Christensen has already been explaining how the new series will develop new connections to the prequel movies.

While the Star Wars prequels have been a bone of contention among fans of the saga, they have found their place in the franchise’s legacy, and for better or worse, they have ultimately been part of the reason for many of the recent additions to the story. If the original trilogy had been allowed to stand on its own, then TV shows such as The Mandalorian may never have been conceived, and we would certainly not be about to see the return of two of the franchise’s most popular stars. Christensen explained:

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“We’re more in line with the prequels than we are with how the fights are in the original trilogy. These characters have aged, but not that much yet. It’s been a very rewarding experience in that regard, and it’s been really nice to have this wave of positivity over the prequel films. And to see that expression come across has been really nice. We’re adding more connective tissue, and so that has to line up. That was something that I was cognizant of, even when we were doing the prequels, in knowing that there’s someone else that played this character before me and after me, and we have to find something that feels right. I spent a lot of time just watching all the Star Wars stuff I could, from the original films to all of the animated shows — Clone Wars, Rebels, and all of that.”

Obi-Wan Kenobi Has Teased Darth Vader’s Return, But is Holding Back a Full Reveal

While many trailers are accused of firing all their bullets at once, Obi-Wan Kenobi’s trailers have played it pretty well so far. The first teaser featured no references to Hayden Christensen’s Vader at all, and the latest Obi-Wan Kenobi trailer has still not revealed the return of the Sith Lord, but ended with a very familiar sound of breathing.

While Christensen’s role in the series is assured, Disney, and the series cast and crew, have continued to keep silence over whether James Earl Jones will be back to provide his iconic tone for Vader’s voice. The veteran actor returned to provide new voice work as Mufasa in the “live-action” remake of The Lion King, and every Star Wars fan out there is hoping that he will have done the same for Vader in Obi-Wan Kenobi. Whether anyone lets that information slip in the coming weeks is unlikely, but we will find out the truth soon enough when Obi-Wan Kenobi premieres two episodes on May 27 on Disney+.

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