Hayden Christensen returning to Star Wars franchise as Anakin Skywalker for Disney+ Ahsoka series
Hayden Christensen is heading back to a galaxy far, far away — but a little earlier than expected.
The actor is set to reprise his Star Wars role as Anakin Skywalker in the upcoming Disney+ series Ahsoka, which will follow Anakin's former apprentice Ahsoka Tano, played by Rosario Dawson. Christensen previously played Anakin in 2002's Attack of the Clones and 2005's Revenge of the Sith, the latter two entries of the Star Wars prequel trilogy.
The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news Friday, and Dawson appeared to confirm it on Saturday in a now-deleted Instagram post, writing, "Skyguy, ...They know!!! See you soon, Snips," a reference to Anakin and Ahsoka's nicknames for each other in the animated Clone Wars series.
Representatives for Disney, Christensen, and Dawson did not immediately respond to EW's requests for comment.
It's unclear what form he will take in the Ahsoka series, which Disney has said will be "set in the timeline of The Mandalorian," on which Dawson first appeared as Ahsoka, which presumably means it takes place after Anakin's death in Return of the Jedi.
Ahsoka is set to begin production early next year.
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