So, Star Wars is big isn’t it? The multibillion franchise is set to release the ninth instalment to the
‘Skywalker Saga’ this December with ‘Star Wars – Episode 9: The Rise of Skywalker’. (Just a quick
note, that’s a terrible title.) This ninth movie will finally see the end of what is one of the most iconic
movie series of all time. The main movies I mean, not the crappy spin off movies. But what if I told
you, that there could be a surprise appearance by one of the franchise’s main players in ‘Episode 9’?
It’s not Harrison Ford, it’s not Mark Hamill, it’s not Ewan McGregor, it’s everyone’s favourite part of
the prequels, Hayden Christensen. Well, second favourite. Jar Jar Binks was quite popular in fairness
to him. Christensen could potentially be making a return in some capacity in the upcoming ‘Episode
9’. “Where’s the proof?” I hear literally no one ask, well he and Emperor Palpatine himself, Ian
McDiarmid, have recently been spotted together at a children’s hospital in Salt Lake City, reports
Comicbook.com. The two have rarely been spotted together since last working alongside each other
in 2005s ‘Star Wars – Episode 3: The Revenge of the Sith’.
Could this be a coincidence? Well, yeah, obviously. But that doesn’t make for an interesting story. So
why would two actors associated with one of the biggest movie franchises of all time, who have
rarely been sighted together, suddenly start making appearances together mere months away from
the release of another Star Wars movie? Promotion, obviously. Fans were quick to speculate when
the most recent trailer for ‘Episode 9’ dropped a few weeks ago and Palpatine’s voice could be
heard. It is expected that the Emperor will play some role of importance in the final film of the
No one truly knows what role he will play in the movie and to how much importance he will be to
the overall storyline of the movie. McDiarmid has played Emperor Palpatine in 4 out of the 5 live
action movies the character has appeared in. He was later digitally inserted into ‘Episode 5’ in the re-
releases where the character made their first appearance. Fans are assuming that McDiarmid
himself will make another on screen appearance as the Emperor in ‘Episode 9’. Some stating that it
would be pointless to have him appear only as a voice over, especially for such a huge part of the
Now that’s all well and good, but where does that leave us with Hayden Christensen? Christensen
was and still is considered one of the main reasons why the prequels are critically panned. (I actually
think they’re grand, but that’s a discussion for a different day). Critics slated Christensen’s wooden
and stiff performances as Anakin Skywalker in Episodes 2 & 3. While he is quite poor in those
movies, let’s be fair to him, he was given absolute tripe to work with. However, Ewan McGregor was
also given garbage to work with and he is largely considered the best part of the prequel trilogy. So,
Christensen’s performances clearly weren’t up to scratch, compared to the rest of his cast mates.
But why would he be in ‘Episode 9’? Well, if he is, which he very well might not be, it wouldn’t
actually be a bad call in my opinion. Christensen is Darth Vader. Well he’s Anakin in the prequels, but
Anakin turns to the dark side at the end of ‘Episode 3’ and we see him dawn the famous Darth Vader
attire. Spoilers for ‘Episode 3’. Sorry, not sorry. Darth Vader as a character plays a huge part in the
‘Skywalker Saga’. Arguably the second most important part after Luke. So, having one of the most
iconic characters in Star Wars history, and film history in general, return for your last movie in the
franchise isn’t a terrible idea to me.
I would be all for seeing Christensen return in ‘Episode 9’. The guy gets dogs abuse as is for his role in the prequels. If he gets given a decent script to work with this time, who knows, he might be great?
If he’s even in the movie that is. Because, let’s face it, it’s a big leap from appearance with former co-
star, to appearance in a blockbuster movie. But that’s the beauty of speculation.