Hayden Christensen returns as Anakin in new Ahsoka promo

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It was an exciting weekend for Star Wars fans because of an Ahsoka promo that dropped, featuring brand new dialogues spoken by The Chosen One himself, Anakin Skywalker. The emotional, nostalgia-triggering promo featured Anakin saying some of his best lines from The Clone Wars and Tales of the Jedi, but the difference here is that the lines were spoken by Hayden Christensen instead of Matt Lanter.

As Ahsoka and Baylan faced off, Baylan tells Ahsoka that everyone in the Order knew about Anakin, but few lived to see what he became. The clip includes footage of Hayden as Anakin from Obi-Wan Kenobi and as Vader from Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. The dialogues spoken by Anakin are most likely to Ahsoka, and they might be from a flashback of a training session between the two during The Clone Wars.

At one point, Anakin says they’ll face more than just droids during the war. He encourages Ahsoka, telling her “Don’t be afraid” and “I know you can do this, Ahsoka”. The heartwarming dialogues are coupled with shots of Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka, engaging in a duel in the upcoming series.

This promo has millions of views and thousands of comments so far, and the hashtag for the series has been trending on social media over the past weekend. This has undoubtedly been the footage to garner the strongest reaction from fans. Anakin isn’t new to the franchise, but seeing his bond with Ahsoka brought to live action is something new that fans could never have imagined happening perhaps 10 years ago.

We don’t know yet if Hayden will actually appear in the series, although this promo gives plenty of reasons to put our money on that. However, if he does appear, will it be just in a flashback of some kind or as Force ghost Anakin? Hayden’s return to the franchise has been met with a lot of enthusiasm, and he’s been showered with a lot of love. It would be nice to see as much of him as possible in this series and would offer him an opportunity to show a different side of Anakin, in particular, the mentor in him.

Ahsoka premieres August 23 with two episodes on Disney+.