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Hayden Christensen returning as Darth Vader for Obi-Wan Kenobi show

Emphasis on Darth Vader

Matt Patches is an executive editor at Polygon. He has over 15 years of experience reporting on movies and TV, and reviewing pop culture.

The Obi-Wan Kenobi series is setting fans up for another battle of the titans: Hayden Christensen, who played Anakin Skywalker in the prequel trilogy I swear we used to not like but over the years I’ve definitely warmed up to, will return for the new series, Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Set 10 years after Revenge of the Sith, the series will ... well we don’t really know. Ostensibly, “Ben” is hanging out on Tatooine waiting for his moment. But some sort of encounter will bring him back to his old padawan. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy says the encounter has an epic scale.

The Obi-Wan series, which stars Ewan McGregor, won’t be out for a little while, thanks in part to it’s trouble production history, which includes a few false starts. So we don’t know quite as much about it. However, we do know that it will take place in roughly the same period as the Cassian Andor show, Andor, between the fall of the Republic and the start of A New Hope.

Seasons 1 and 2 of The Mandalorian was a huge moment for Star Wars, swinging the pendulum of interest toward smaller scale adventures. The memes, Reddit chatter, merch sales, and Disney Plus subscriber numbers indicate that it worked. Now there are plans for more Star Wars than ever.

The Mandalorian season 2 wraps up on Dec. 18. After that, expect Andor, The Mandalorian season 3, and then somewhere in the far future, the triumphant return of the second Darth Vader.

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