The man who would eventually be Darth Vader, yet spent most of his time in the Star Wars Prequels as Anakin Skywalker — Hayden Christensen — has said he’d love to return to Star Wars….
Put aside your dislike of the Prequels (even though for a lot of us, the Prequels are just as important and fun as the Original Trilogy), put aside your feelings of hate for teenage, angsty Anakin Skywalker (it’s not Christensen’s fault he was written that way).
Toss aside all your predispositioned biases toward Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker, because like it or not, he did a fantastic job as a conflicted Jedi who was twisted to the Dark Side by a manipulative Sith Lord, and ignored by an out-of-touch Jedi Council.
Hayden Christensen would love nothing more than to appear, once again, in a Star Wars film, and he says as much in an interview with Etalk on YouTube: The Star Wars bit comes around the 13 minute mark.
Hayden Christensen would come back to Star Wars in a heartbeat, if asked…and who’s to say he hasn’t been?
There have long been rumors that the Force Ghost of a younger Anakin Skywalker (not Sebastian Shaw), might appear to both Luke and Rey, alongside Master Yoda and Obi-Wan, in Star Wars: Episode VIII.
In fact there is actual unused The Force Awakens concept art that shows Force Ghost Anakin (played by Hayden Christensen), morphed with Darth Vader, as he appears to Kylo Ren. That idea was later scrapped and the burned/melted helmet of Vader was later used.
I for one would love to see Hayden Christensen come back to Star Wars. I think he’s a great actor, but I feel he was unjustly raked over the coals, due to the writing of Anakin, in the Prequels….and that’s George Lucas’ fault, folks, not his.