Obi-Wan Kenobi: Hayden Christensen wants Darth Vader spinoff series

“I’d love to continue my journey with him,” Christensen said after playing Darth Vader for 20 years.

Hayden Christensen said he’s open to a possible standalone Darth Vader series after reprising his iconic role for Obi-Wan Kenobi and the upcoming Ahsoka shows.

“Yeah, I mean absolutely,” Christensen told ET Canada after being asked if he’d consider directing his own series. “I think this is a character that resonates with our culture in a very deep way. And there is certainly more to discover. There are so many other stories that have been told in these other mediums.”

Christensen added, “I would love to continue my journey with him.”

The star first played Anakin Skywalker in the 2002 prequel film Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones. Skywalker eventually transformed into Darth Vader in 2005’s Revenge of the Sith. “Obi-Wan Kenobi,” which premiered on Disney+ on May 27, continues 10 years after the events of that film.

Ewan McGregor reprises his role as the Jedi Master in Obi-Wan Kenobi – now premiering the most watched original series in Disney+ history – with Christensen continuing to play the tortured Vader. The series revolves around Obi-Wan (McGregor) hiding from the Dark Lord (Christensen) in Tatooine and observing a young Luke Skywalker who holds the key to saving the galaxy.

With the many Star Wars series in the works at Disney+ – from the return of Mandalorian with Season 3 to the upcoming Andor starring Diego Luna and the recently announced Skeleton Crew starring Jude Law – it does a spin-off of Darth Vader Don’t feel like a galaxy far, far away for Lucasfilm.

Christensen previously said during a Disney+ press conference that his “imagination began to run wild” when he envisioned donning the Darth Vader suit again.

“Then I got a call that Deborah Chow wanted to meet up and talk about this ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ show she’s doing with Ewan. I was just thrilled,” said Christensen. “This is a character that means so much to me and to come back and do more with her has just been an exciting opportunity.”

Christensen went on to say that filming Obi-Wan Kenobi after Anakin turned to the dark side was a “very emotional experience.” “Obviously it stirred up a lot of nostalgic feelings,” Christensen said, “but it was also very cathartic in a way, just because this character means so much to me and has really kind of lasted me through the years.”

Christensen is expected to don the Vader helmet again for the upcoming Ahsoka series about Jedi Ahsoka Mando, played by Rosario Dawson.

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