This Star Wars Prequel Actor Would Return To The Franchise In A Heartbeat

With the advent of new Star Wars movies, combined with the fact that they won't be limiting themselves to only making sequels, the possibilities of who might be joining the franchise are essentially limitless. Of course, it also means that just about anybody could be coming back. One famous (some might say infamous) Star Wars actor who would actually love to come back is Anakin Skywalker himself, Hayden Christensen. While fans don't necessarily look back on the actor's time with the franchise fondly, he apparently does, and would return if asked.

Following his work on the Star Wars prequels, Hayden Christensen basically disappeared from Hollywood. While he's never really stopped acting, with the exception of 2008's Jumper, the actor's film choices have been on the much smaller side of things. However, in an interview with etalk in Canada, from late last year, before Star Wars: The Force Awakens was actually released, the actor says that if he were ever asked to reprise his role, he wouldn't hesitate to do it.

Absolutely. In a heartbeat, for sure. Being a part of that world was a huge deal for me, and was a good four/five years of my life. I have fond memories and good friendships from that whole time. But if they ever gave me the call, I would sign up in a heartbeat.

When Hayden Christensen faded into the background following Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, many assumed he was done with big budget movie making. Now, it sounds like he could be tempted back, although it's possible he might only do this for Star Wars, due to what the franchise did for his career. It's honestly good to hear that Christensen remembers his time on Star Wars fondly. Regardless of what most fans might think of the prequels, it would totally suck if he spent years working on those movies and now hated everything about them. If making them was still fun, at least he got something out of them.

Anakin Skywalker

A rumor from last year, just before the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, actually claimed that Rian Johnson had plans for Hayden Christensen in Star Wars: Episode VIII. This interview was recorded prior to the rumor, so it's barely possible that there's actually something here. The Force Awakens made just short of zero references to the prequels at all, so bringing back younger Anakin as either a Force ghost or as part of some kind of flashback or vision would be a pretty significant shift. Still, we shouldn't discount the possibility completely.

Would you like to see Hayden Christensen make a return to the Star Wars franchise? How do you think he could be used? Let us know in the comments.

Dirk Libbey
Content Producer/Theme Park Beat

CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis.  Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.