Obi-Wan Kenobi star Ewan McGregor says it was “odd” to see Hayden Christensen back as the legendary Star Wars villain, Darth Vader.
During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the 50-year-old Star Wars actor explained what it was like to see Christensen back in the iconic costume.
“To see Hayden back in the role of Anakin, well… it was sort of spine-tingling,” he said. “It was amazing. It was just amazing to see Hayden full-stop. I’m so close to him – we’ve stayed in touch over the years, but we haven’t seen each other for a long time.”
It’s been an amazing couple of days for Star Wars fans. Hot on the release of the Obi-Wan Kenobi trailer, Disney then unveiled our first look at the return of Darth Vader in the upcoming Disney+ series.
“His shadow is cast across so much of what we do,” teased series writer, Joby Harold. “And the degree of his proximity to that shadow is something that we’ll discover. But he is very much a part of the show emotionally for Obi-Wan, and possibly beyond that as well.”
Additionally, the series will introduce another new villain – Inquisitor Reva. Played by Moses Ingram, the character is described as “ruthlessly ambitious”. Whether or not she’s as ruthless as Darth Vader himself remains to be seen.
Still, McGregor seemed ecstatic to see his old pal back on set… and he explained what it was like to get the old Jedi duo back together after such a long time.
“I love him so much,” he said. “We have this very special bond of making two of those first three films together. It was so important for both of us – for our careers and who we are.”
“To be on set with him again was odd. It was like time hadn’t happened,” he added. “I looked across at him and we’re on a set and… I look over at him and he’s Anakin now, and I’m Obi-Wan now, and it’s like nothing had happened. I didn’t see any age on his face. I just felt like the period of time between Episode III and now didn’t exist. It was so peculiar.”
Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi Series Cast and Characters
Obi-Wan Kenobi star Ewan McGregor as the iconic Jedi, with Hayden Christensen set to appear as Darth Vader. They’re joined by Rupert Friend, Kumail Nanjiani, Joel Edgerton, and Moses Ingram.
Deborah Chow directed the upcoming series, with scripts by Joby Harold.
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