Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker Will Include At Least One Surprise Return with Hayden Christensen Reprising Anakin (aka Darth Vader), Harrison Ford Likely, Too


EXCLUSIVE Hayden Christensen is definitely redux in “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.” I am told this is confirmed, Anakin Skywalker, who became Darth Vader, is the grandfather of evil Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). The word is he will appear as a force ghost, just as Yoda returned in “The Last Jedi.” Christensen is said to have filmed his scenes last year.

There were rumors of Anakin’s return in September and even last April. But I’m told it’s solid, Christensen is back, and that his appearance will give a jolt to his dormant career. He’s mostly been in D list movies the last few years. He’s always been kind of a wooden actor, although I liked him as Bob Dylan in “Factory Girl.”

Anakin appeared in “Attack of the Clones” and “Return of the Sith” aka Episodes 2 and 3 of the George Lucas prequels. Why bring him back? I’m told that JJ Abrams will slavishly wrap up the 42 years of “Star Wars” by dotting every i and crossing every t. (Please god that doesn’t mean Jar Jar Binks, however.) Anakin will tie together all the “Star Wars” movies and Abrams makes “Rise” his “Gotterdammerung.” (See Wagner.)

There is also strong possibility we’ll see Harrison Ford as Han Solo one last time. Remember, I told you this. Knowing JJ, there’s quite possibly a final shot of Han, Luke, and Leia to make the audience burst into tears. So stand by.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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