After playing Anakin Skywalker in two "Star Wars" films from 2002 to 2005, Hayden Christensen is ready for more -- if Lucasfilm asks him to return. During an appearance on the Canadian entertainment show "etalk," Christensen briefly discussed his thoughts on the franchise, which resumed its epic tale after a decade of dormancy with 2015's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." Christensen said he's "very excited" to see where the franchise goes, adding that "they keep me abreast of what's going on in that world."
When asked if he would ever consider reprising the role of Anakin Skywalker, either in a flashback or as a Force ghost, he answered, "Absolutely. In a heartbeat, for sure. Being a part of that world was a huge deal for me, and was a good four/five years of my life. I have fond memories and good friendships from that whole time. But if they ever gave me the call, I would sign up in a heartbeat." You can see Christensen's remarks below, which begin around the 12:30 mark.
And if that idea seems far-fetched, you should know that it actually almost happened in "Force Awakens." It was revealed in December that "Episode VII" concept artist Iain McCaig actually pitched a scene involving Anakin's Force ghost to be used in "Force Awakens." The scene didn't make it into the film, but you can see pics of the concept art at Making Star Wars. It's currently rumored that Darth Vader will appear in this winter's "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," which takes place in the weeks leading up to the first "Star Wars" film; it's unlikely Christensen would appear in that film, as that version of Vader was much older and almost never seen without his mask and helmet.
"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" opens on December 16, 2016; "Star Wars: Episode VIII" opens on December 15, 2017.
(via Digital Spy)