OBI-WAN KENOBI Star Hayden Christensen Promises We'll See Darth Vader "In His Prime" In The Series

Obi-Wan Kenobi star Hayden Christensen has promised that fans will see a version of Vader who is "in his prime" in the Disney+ series, suggesting that we'll learn more about what lies beneath the mask.

When we come across Darth Vader in Obi-Wan Kenobi, it will have been a decade since Anakin Skywalker underwent his traumatic transformation into a Sith Lord who is now more machine than man. We anticipate the show shedding some light on what he has to go through each day in order to function, but make no mistake about it: Vader is no weakling at this point in time.

Talking to Total Film (via SFFGazette.com), director Deborah Chow made it clear that this Vader isn't the one from Revenge of the Sith or A New Hope. Hayden Christensen added that, when we find him here, Anakin is "100% a fully realized Vader. This is, in a lot of ways, Vader in his prime." In other words, if you thought he was formidable in Rogue One, you've seen nothing yet!

"He's a very complex character, and there's an inherent struggle of identity that is always present - there's inner conflict," the actor continued. "He's always going to be struggling with the loss of Padmé. He's got Anakin buried deep down inside. There always has to be that element of Anakin there, because he does eventually find redemption in the end – through the love of his son, no less. So there has to be that bit of him in there for Luke to be able to access. There's a lot going on."

"We're giving a glimpse into the experience of being Darth Vader," Christensen said. "There's so much mystique and mystery around the character. We're informed of much of that in the prequels. But to be able to humanize Vader a little bit more adds more depth. Which you need to do to continue with him, otherwise you run the risk of him becoming a two-dimensional character."

Christensen, who didn't always get the strongest material in the prequels, clearly has lots to sink his teeth into in Obi-Wan Kenobi, and something tells us we'll be spending a fair bit of time with the man beneath the mask. It still hasn't been confirmed whether James Earl Jones will be returning to lend his voice to the Sith Lord, but common sense says it will be him or a very good impersonator.

However, it's going to be the Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith actor inside the costume, meaning this will be the most time Christensen has ever spent playing the iconic villain on screen. 

Obi-Wan Kenobi premieres on Disney+ with its first two episodes on May 27.

OBI-WAN KENOBI Director Deborah Chow Explains Why The Show Brings Back Darth Vader Instead Of Maul
Related:

OBI-WAN KENOBI Director Deborah Chow Explains Why The Show Brings Back Darth Vader Instead Of Maul

OBI-WAN KENOBI Star Ewan McGregor Isn't Closing The Door On Returning As The Jedi Master (Again)
Recommended For You:

OBI-WAN KENOBI Star Ewan McGregor Isn't Closing The Door On Returning As The Jedi Master (Again)

DISCLAIMER: This post was submitted by a user who has agreed to our Terms of Service and Community Guidelines. As a user-generated content platform, Comic Book Movie and Best Little Sites LLC is protected under the DMCA... [MORE]
Related
OBI-WAN KENOBI Director Deborah Chow Explains Why The Show Brings Back Darth Vader Instead Of Maul
While it's been reported that an earlier version of Obi-Wan Kenobi would have seen Maul return to plague the Jedi Master, director Deborah Chow has explained why the big bad had to be Darth Vader instead.
OBI-WAN KENOBI Star Ewan McGregor Isn't Closing The Door On Returning As The Jedi Master (Again)
After spending years fielding questions about potentially reprising the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi, actor Ewan McGregor has once again sent the internet into a frenzy by confirming he'd happily return...again.
OBI-WAN KENOBI Still Offers Closer Look At The Fifth Brother As New Promo Highlights The Show's Lightsabers
Some new Obi-Wan Kenobi stills have highlighted the villainous Fifth Brother, while we also get a closer look at his lightsaber blade, along with the others that will be heavily featured in the series.
OBI-WAN KENOBI Star Hayden Christensen On Wearing Darth Vader's Suit For First Time Since REVENGE OF THE SITH
Hayden Christensen suited up as Darth Vader for Revenge of the Sith's epilogue, and the actor has now opened up on what it was like to don the costume again for the Obi-Wan Kenobi series coming to Disney+.
OBI-WAN KENOBI Stars Ewan McGregor And Hayden Christensen Defend Phenomenal REVENGE OF THE SITH
Obi-Wan Kenobi is fast approaching, and stars Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen have now spoken out in defence of 2005's Revenge of the Sith while discussing the challenges of making the prequels...