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RUMOR Hayden Christensen to return in Episode 8.

Discussion in 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' started by Jar Jar Christensen, Sep 22, 2015.

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Do you want Anakin Skywalker back?

  1. Yes! Bring him back as a force ghost!

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    48.4%
  2. Yes! Bring him back via a flashback!

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  3. Yes! Bring him back for a flashback and a force ghost

    12 vote(s)
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  4. No! Do NOT bring him back!

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  1. Jar Jar Christensen

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    LINK: http://screenrant.com/star-wars-8-darth-vader-hayden-christensen-anakin-skywalker/

    Excerpt from article: 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'm asuming Hayden is returning as a force ghost to guide Rey? Or maybe Hayden is returning as Anakin in a flashback scene. Any thoughts on these rumors?

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    It certainly is an interesting idea...
    I think it would be nice to give Hayden the opportunity to work with people who actually know how to write dialogue and direct actors.
     
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    I wouldn't say I'm against him making a very minimal force ghost appearance.
     
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    Imagine Hayden appearing in a flash back scene as Anakin from ROTS. That will definitely tie all 3 trilogies together nicely. Or maybe a flashback scene of young vader removing his helmet in his chambers. The possibilities!!
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    What if it was a mentor type force ghost to Rey?
     
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    The more I think about it, the more I like the idea.
     
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    Should probably be in the Episode 8 section...
     
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    Oh crap your right. I have a bookmark to this forum because this is the only forum I browse. Thanks for the heads up though
     
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    Well... for some people, it could deserve its place in the Episode VII section so they can prepare psychologically for the inevitable (runs) :)

    Well, here's a spoiler: Hayden is NOT in episode VII. Jake Lloyd is. (runs faster).
     
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    If done well, this could go a long way toward healing some wounds from the PT. I mean, imagine if Hayden was awesome in the role under the direction of Rian Johnson... It could actually retroactively add depth to his character from the PT. That was the case for me with X-Men and X-Men 2. I felt the characters in X1 were flat and I really didn't like the movie. But then I saw X2 and the character development was fantastic, and it changed X1 for me so that now I actually really like it.

    EDIT: Never in a million years would I have thought I could be excited about something like this, but the more I think about it the more I hope it's true. We never got to see Anakin being "a good friend" and an overall really good guy. Lucas was so busy trying to make him look susceptible to a fall that all we got was a whiny, unstable, selfish, jealous Anakin. If we get to see the same actor portraying a wise, friendly, truly caring Anakin, we can take that with us back to III and maybe feel more of the strength of the tragedy of his fall.
     
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    This reeks of tabloid click bait. Even Jason Ward wasn't taking it seriously.

    And yeah this should be moved to the episode 8 section...
     
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    Perfectly said. Hayden under a new director could do wonders for the character. There probably won't be much to his character if he just plays a force ghost though. I would rather see a flashback scene where they can explore more of Anakin that was absent from the PT.
     
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    I know you're right...and it makes me sad :(
     
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    Or Rogue One. I'm having a very, VERY, hard time picturing Christensen in EpVIII. In Rogue One, however, why not. Could work pretty well. As long as he doesn't mention sand.
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    Yeah, both he and I never shared much... ;)
     
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    Ahhh why not. I'll be open minded about it. Just don't eff it up Disney. Fine line you're walking here.

    Maybe it's for the young Han Solo movie? Too soon to be filming that one though.
     
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    If it's relevant to the story why not. Maybe its a flashback scene of something anakin did in the past that somehow relates to the events in episode 8
     
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    This is super interesting... the response to this possibility is largely positive both here and on reddit, regardless of feelings about the PT. What if this rumor was dropped onto the Internet to see if fans would get behind it?
     
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    Would be HILARIOUS if Disney was monitoring the chat rooms of the Star Wars Celebration Anaheim Live Stream & The Global Unboxing Live Stream, and saw all the people mentioning Hayden (Hayden Lives, Hayden Confirmed, We Want Hayden, etc.) and thought that the guy is ridiculously popular with fans, and they decided to bring him back :D :D :D

    I actually really like Hayden Christensen, and I loved his portrayal of Anakin in Revenge of The Sith. I think his weaknesses were with George's shoddy dialogue (Hayden has always had trouble with less than stellar dialogue, see his cameos on Goosebumps when he was a youngster, and you'll see what I mean) and I think Hayden was frustrated with the way fans reacted to him in Attack of The Clones, especially after all the fanfare he received for Life As A House. It would be amazing to see Hayden get some vindication in the sequel trilogy.

    Some of the earliest speculation I had about Episode 7 and the sequel trilogy, was that the 3 Force Ghosts (Anakin, Ben Kenobi, & Yoda) would appear to Luke (or the new heroes) in these films. It'd be a nice way to tie the entire previous 6 films into this trilogy.

    And imagine in Episode 8, what if Luke battles Kylo and he brings the Force Ghost of Anakin along with him, to show Kylo Ren that Darth Vader was redeemed by Luke, and reverted back to the Light Side. Anakin confronts Kylo Ren to tell him its not too late and to warn him about the dangers of The Dark Side. He urges him to take Luke's hand in redemption or that he will die by his blade, consumed with rage.

    Obi-Wan Kenobi (6 movies), Anakin/Vader (6 movies total - 3.5 as Vader, 3 as Anakin), Yoda (5 movies)

    Remember back to some of the earliest ideas for the climax of Return of The Jedi. At one point, Lucas was considering having Yoda & Ben Kenobi interfere from the Netherrealm of The Force to help Luke take on The Emperor. It was simplified to Vader disposing of The Emperor to save his son, but that likely didn't deter Lucas from dabbling with the concept. I remember reading interviews where Lucas planned to have all of the Force Ghosts return from the Netherrealm to aid Luke in 7, 8, 9. Who is to say something resembling this concept won't ultimately appear in the sequel trilogy?

    I think it's a way for Disney to make the "Star Wars Cinematic Universe" to "expand". If they want an interconnected universe like Marvel, why not find a way to integrate characters from the previous 6 films in the saga? It's almost like Lucas intentionally kept Yoda, Obi-Wan, & Anakin in the story as eternal ghosts, as a way to bring them back in future installments, as ancillary characters. This is also why you have talk of Grand Moff Tarkin being digitally recreated from stock footage (Another scrapped prequel idea, along with Digital Alec Guinness). This is why there's rumors of Boba Fett crawling out of that Sarlacc Pit. What if they're trying to find characters throughout saga history to integrate into the Star Wars version of the MCU??? I have no problem with it, as long as it adds depth and credibility to the characters, and doesn't further serve to "destroy" their legacies. I think it can be done well. There's a lot of talent to work with.
     
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    Thats what I thought too. If you watched the live streaming of Force Friday people in the chat section were saying Hayden this, Hayden that ALL day.
     
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    It makes sense to bring him back, maybe with yoda and Obi force ghost, when everything is focused on Vaders legacy and the aftermetah of the OT events. If you need Luke living and breathing or even lighsaber swinging you could swap the mentor role to the three force ghosts.

    Thought about that too. but the theory has a flaw, nobody watched that stream.
     
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