Hayden Christensen’s Obi-Wan Role Secretly Confirmed Chosen One Prophecy


Hayden Christensen returned to the role of Anakin Skywalker for Obi-Wan Kenobi, which allowed the actor to incorporate a secret George Lucas “Chosen One” comment into his performance. More than 17 years after Star Wars: Episode III –Revenge of the Sith, audiences got to see more of Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan and Hayden Christensen’s Anakin/Darth Vader now in the form of a TV show – Disney+’s Obi-Wan Kenobi. The Star Wars movies have already revealed how the stories of Obi-Wan and Darth Vader ended, but still, Obi-Wan Kenobi added more to the journeys of both characters and also helped answer some old Star Wars questions.

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While the Star Wars prequels were met with a lot of criticism in the early 2000s, a newer generation of Star Wars audiences had grown to consider Episodes I, II, and III as their Star Wars stories – something that Ewan McGregor himself acknowledged during Disney+’s Obi-Wan Kenobi: A Jedi’s Return. As such, there was a significant level of expectation for McGregor and Christensen to return to Star Wars.Obi-Wan Kenobi marked the first time Hayden Christensen and Ewan McGregor acted in a Star Wars production that had no involvement of George Lucas, which does not mean Obi-Wan Kenobi was not influenced by the Star Wars creator.

According to Hayden Christensen for the Obi-Wan Kenobi: A Jedi’s Return special, George Lucas told him during the making of Revenge of the Sith that Anakin Skywalker was the Chosen One foretold by the prophecy. Not only that, but George Lucas also told Hayden Christensen that Anakin continued to be the Chosen One even after he became Darth Vader. That is what prompted Hayden Christensen to play Darth Vader as if there was still good in him. That is not the first time George Lucas has said Anakin Skywalker was the Chosen One, but what the Star Wars creator told Hayden Christensen reaffirms that Darth Vader really was Star Wars’ main character all along. What the Chosen One prophecy meant and who really was the Chosen One have been topics of discussion for decades, mostly because there was no mention of a prophecy in the Star Wars original trilogy. Palpatine’s return in The Rise of Skywalker reignited the Chosen One theories, as it seemed like neither Luke nor Darth Vader had truly brought balance to the Force. Still, according to George Lucas, Anakin Skywalker was always meant to be the Chosen One.

George Lucas Saw Star Wars As Anakin Skywalker’s Story

While Darth Vader only became Luke Skywalker’s father in one of the final drafts of The Empire Strikes Back, George Lucas went on to make the entire Star Wars saga about Anakin Skywalker. The original Star Wars trilogy was therefore about Anakin’s children – Luke and Leia. The Star Wars prequel trilogy was obviously about Anakin himself and how the Jedi knight became Darth Vader. Last, George Lucas’ Star Wars sequel trilogy was supposed to be about Darth Vader’s grandchildren, a concept that was brought into the Disney Star Wars movies with Ben Solo. It is clear how the entire Skywalker Saga was centered around Anakin/Darth Vader and his legacy, which is why it is no surprise that George Lucas considered Anakin the Chosen One.

More than 20 years after being cast as Anakin, Hayden Christensen had the chance to incorporate George Lucas’ notes about the character into his portrayal of Darth Vader. Hayden Christensen had already put on the Darth Vader suit in Revenge of the Sith, but only for a brief final shot. In Obi-Wan Kenobi, on the other hand, Hayden Christensen got to play the two sides of the Chosen One.

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