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Alone with Hayden Christensen for the premiere of “Obi-Wan Kenobi”: “I love what they did in ‘Rogue One’ with Darth Vader”

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Hayden Christensen returns to the Star Wars franchise as Darth Vader, the villain of the “Obi-Wan Kenobi” series.

“This is a character that means a lot to me, one that has stayed with me over the years, and having the opportunity to return was huge”, is the phrase that, words more, words less, Hayden Christensen repeated in a large number of interviews since the press tour of Obi-Wan Kenobi on May 11 in Berlin. She said the same thing to TechMarkup the week of the series premiere. 17 years have passed since the last (and only) time he put on the suit of Darth Vader and is ready to enjoy your return.

On March 10, it was confirmed, with the first official image released, that Darth Vaderone of the most iconic villains in film history, would return for the series in which he stars Ewan McGregor. Already in the first preview of the fiction that debuts today, Friday, May 27 on Disney + with two episodes, her breathing was heard, that forced and mechanical noise so characteristic that Obi-Wan Kenobi he would meet his ex-padwan again. The last time we saw them together was in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. “It really didn’t take much convincing, to be honest. I have really enjoyed all these new incarnations of the stories of starwars and coming back was an easy decision for me,” he said. Christensen via video call.

Hayden Christensen and Ewan McGregor in the middle of an "Obi-Wan Kenobi" related event in London. (REUTERS/Matthew Childs)
Hayden Christensen and Ewan McGregor in the middle of an “Obi-Wan Kenobi” related event in London. (REUTERS/Matthew Childs)

The actor born in Vancouver, Canada, was marked for life by this character. For better or worse, playing Anakyn Skywalker/Darth Vader it became an ordeal, at times, but it also gave him world fame and to be remembered during these 17 years as “the chosen one” and for those iconic battles in Mustafar with the Obi-Wan of Ewan McGregor. The harassment of the fans took him away from his acting career for a while, but he also came to star in films such as jumper, american heist Y First Kill among other. To return to starwars It seemed unlikely, the same for McGregor, but the phone rang: “When I received that call I was at home in Canada, and it was a great surprise and very welcome. It was a moment of great emotion, “said the actor about the first offer to return to the franchise.

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“I met Deborah Chow, our principal, and she is an incredibly impressive person. So smart, creative and so cool. And when she told me a little bit about the story and what she wanted to do, and how she wanted to bring me back, it was all very exciting, ”Christensen said about the details of her return to the Star Wars universe with Chow. .

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First image of Darth Vader in "Obi-Wan Kenobi". (Lucasfilm/Disney)
First image of Darth Vader in “Obi-Wan Kenobi”. (Lucasfilm/Disney)

Set 10 years after Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, the Serie Obi-Wan Kenobi Set at the height of the Galactic Empire’s power, the former Jedi Master must embark on a pivotal mission that will see him pitted against allies turned enemies with almost no help of any kind. Only 12 years later will the events of rogue one, where the rebellion finds a tool to combat the threat of the Empire.

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In the aforementioned film, it was the last time the villain he will now play was seen. Christensen again. About this version, the Canadian left a very positive opinion: “I loved it. I remember before I saw the movie, when it first came out, I was walking through the airport, I don’t remember where, and a fan came up to me and asked if I had seen the movie yet. I admitted no, that it had just come out and they said, ‘I think you’re really going to like it.’ They said this for a good reason. I love what they did in rogue one with this character. He was perfect.”

The fiction takes place 10 years after "Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith". (DisneyPlus)
The fiction takes place 10 years after “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith”. (DisneyPlus)

Since the last time that the now protagonist of Obi-Wan Kenobi stepped on a set of starwarsnot only premiered rogue onealso a third trilogy of films, two live-action series, another spin-off (Han Solo) and several animated series and specials. Out of that entire period, Christensen can pick two that became his favorite characters: “I really enjoyed the character of Kylo Ren. I liked what Adam Driver did with him. And I also really like the character of Mando (Pedro Pascal) in The Mandalorian. I think that’s what’s really exciting about this new era of starwars, all these new characters that they’re introducing. And from this series, Reva (Moses Ingram) is a very exciting character.”

Teaser trailer for “Obi-Wan Kenobi”. (Disney)

Obi-Wan Kenobi came to Disney+ this Friday, May 27 with a double episode, and then a new chapter every Wednesday until its grand finale on June 22.

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