By: Dominic Jones
Even though Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens is still 87 days away, the rumors about Star Wars Episode VIII are beginning to heat up. Our friends over MakingStarWars.net have heard from their sources that one of the more divisive actors in the prequel trilogy appearing in the middle instalment of the sequel trilogy. Hayden Christensen, who played Anakin Skywalker in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, will apparently be heading to London to appear in the Rian Johnson directed Episode VIII.
According to MSW's source,
A team in the U.K. are soon heading to the U.S. to begin training Hayden Christensen for a Star Wars: Episode VIII appearance of some sort.
I would love to see Christensen come back for Episode VIII. I know many have issues with his performance in the prequels, but I feel that including him in the sequel trilogy will serve to best tie together the entire saga. Whatever issues people have with Christensen's performance (and I'll definitely agree there are issues), I would hate to miss out on interesting story points simply to pander to those who hate the prequels. Wouldn't it make an interesting scene to have Force-ghost Anakin Skywalker passing on what he learned over his journey to the dark side (and back) to the next generation of the Skywalker family? I would love to see that.
The other interesting thing is the way the source worded their message, "begin training" is what stands out to some. Jason at Making Star Wars ponders, "I have a hard time thinking they would need Christensen to train for Star Wars if he’s simply a ghost. He is still physically fit. To me the rumor almost points towards some resurrection of Darth Vader story idea or perhaps a flashback?" It does make you wonder, why he would have to train. I can't say I love the idea of a Vader resurrection, but a flashback would be interesting. Again, the idea of some kind of Force flashback or vision to a next generation Skywalker, featuring Christensen as Anakin/Vader, could serve as a warning of the dark path.
As always, this is just a rumor until confirmed or denied by Lucasfilm or Disney.
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