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SYFY WIRE Ahsoka Tano

Hayden Christensen returning as Anakin Skywalker in ‘Ahsoka’ Star Wars spinoff

The future Darth Vader is also joining Ewan McGregor for 2022's 'Obi-Wan Kenobi'

By Benjamin Bullard
Anakin Skywalker, Hayden Christensen Star Wars

Disney and Lucasfilm have been teasing that Ahsoka Tano would have more Jedi Padawan tales to tell beyond her Season 2 drop-in for The Mandalorian, and now it’s happening: a live action series titled Ahsoka is reportedly in the works at Disney+, and it’s packing some serious Star Wars star power.

In what would mark only his second Star Wars screen appearance since 2005’s Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith, Hayden Christensen is returning to the galaxy far, far away to reprise his role as Anakin Skywalker in the upcoming series, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Rosario Dawson, who portrayed the Force-sensitive Rebel leader in The Mandalorian, will anchor Ahsoka as its main character.

Christensen, last seen opposite Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi in Episode III amid the hissing lava lake beneath Mustafar, already has one other Star Wars date with Disney+. He’s set to reprise his role as Anakin for the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi limited event series heading to the platform next year. Production on Ahsoka, notes THR, will just be getting started in 2022.

In Star Wars lore, Ahsoka and the younger, pre-Darth Vader incarnation of Anakin Skywalker share a long and complicated history, at one point fighting alongside each other with Ahsoka as Anakin’s Yoda-appointed Jedi Padawan. Earlier Disney teases have hinted that Ahsoka will tie in with the other Star Wars series at Disney+ to (eventually) culminate in a sweeping TV event; one that brings their storylines together in the same way that Marvel’s Avengers movies serve as epic finale payoffs for the MCU’s character-based films.

Little more is known about the new series beyond a few basics: Longtime Lucasfilm ally Dave Filoni, with current directing and executive producer credits on both The Mandalorian and the upcoming The Book of Boba Fett, will reportedly write Ahsoka and executive produce the series alongside The Mandalorian creator Jon Favreau.