Who should speak Darth Vader on the Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney + series?
We haven’t seen the last of Darth Vader in a galaxy far, far away. The Obi Wan Kenobi The series, in the works for Disney +, is coming up after years of development. It was originally intended as a film, but was eventually turned into a series of events. While the main headline is undoubtedly having Ewan McGregor back as the famous Jedi, Hayden Christensen will return as well. Not as Anakin Skywalker, as the actor is supposed to play Darth Vader this time. But that begs a fascinating, if seemingly simple, question. Who should speak Darth Vader on the show?
First, let’s go over some history. James Earl Jones provided the original voiceover for Darth Vader war of starswhich was released in 1977. Since then he has been synonymous with the role. Although he hasn’t done much in relation to video games or anything like that, Jones has rerun the role in the animated series Star Wars Rebels and has more recently returned to take on the role in Rogue One 2016.
There is some debate over who voiced Vader at the end of Revenge of the Sith. Jones is listed as “uncredited,” but when asked about it in an interview with Newsday, he said, “You’d have to ask [George] Lucas about it. I dont know. “Aside from Episode III, for many Jones is Darth Vader. Although it was David Prowse who played the legendary villain on the set, Jones’ voice performance went a long way in cementing the Sith Lord as part of what at first appears to be the return of Jones seems like the logical choice, if not the only choice, in the eyes of many fans out there.
But let’s look at this from a different angle. Hayden Christensen played Anakin Skywalker in both Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. George Lucas’ Star Wars prequel trilogy was about showing us how this young man from Tatooine grew into the most evil force in the entire galaxy. It is only in the last minutes of the Sith’s revenge after Obi-Wan’s and Anakin’s harrowing battle on Mustafar, in which the former Jedi apprentice is believed dead, that Christensen becomes Darth Vader. He only gets a few lines and selected moments in the suit. And one of those lines is the infamous “Nooooooo!” that’s not exactly a high point in the franchise.
Lucasfilm has specifically stated that Hayden Christensen will play Darth Vader in Obi-Wan Kenobi, which takes place ten years after the events of Episode III. This is not referred to in a couple of flashbacks from Anakin and Obi-Wan during the Clone Wars. Christensen is likely to be a big part of the show that leads to what is known as the “rematch of the century”. At the same time, Lucasfilm and Disney haven’t discussed the details. At this point it is difficult to say what Christensen’s role will be.
If James Earl Jones returns to pronounce the character all over again, what will become of Christensen? Will he just be the man in the suit? Wouldn’t that make his return more ceremonial than anything else? This doesn’t mean that actors in suits can’t make a huge impact. For example, check out what Peter Mayhew could do to Chewbacca. But without Christensen supplying the lines, his return may not mean quite as much.
It’s also worth noting that James Earl Jones is 90 years old. He can’t do this forever. If Darth Vader is to be part of Star Wars in the future, the franchise has to go beyond Jones. While that’s a difficult prospect (to say the least) Hayden Christensen Picking up where he left off at the end of the Sith Revenge to continue this story seems an equally good place to hand over the torch.
Obi-Wan Kenobi has not yet set a release date but is directed by Deborah Chow (The Mandalorian). Moses Ingram, Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell and Benny Safdie complete the cast. We will keep you updated as more details become available.
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