Star Wars: Hayden Christensen to return in "big role" as Anakin Skywalker in 'Obi-Wan Kenobi' series - Dexerto
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Hayden Christensen reportedly set for “big role” in Obi-Wan Kenobi series

Published: 22/Jul/2020 7:49 Updated: 3/Sep/2020 14:47

by Isaac McIntyre


Hayden Christensen is reportedly set to reprise his iconic Star Wars role as Anakin Skywalker in the new ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ series, multiple industry insiders have revealed. The 39-year-old is expected to play a “big role” as a series regular in the upcoming Disney Plus production.

Christensen has been linked to the as-yet-unnamed Obi-Wan Kenobi show since Lucasfilm confirmed the 2022 production at Disney’s D23 Expo. New reports from LRM and ComicBook are now suggesting he’s already inked a bumper deal to return, pending an official announcement.

The reports suggest Anakin won’t just appear once or twice either; the fallen Jedi Knight will have a “big role” as one of the show’s “regulars”. This is an expanded role for Christensen, who was originally set to just have a cameo appearance.

Anakin and Obi-Wan prepare to battle in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.
Anakin will reportedly be a main character in the new Obi-Wan Kenobi series.

Christensen’s long-awaited return ⁠— something the Star Wars fandom has been demanding for years ⁠— was originally set to be announced at Star Wars Celebration 2020 in April, LRM’s report adds.

The annual festival has now been delayed until at least 2022, however. That means confirmation will likely come when the Obi-Wan Kenobi series officially begins production sometime in 2021, pending current shooting delays.

How would Anakin fit into the Obi-Wan show?

The question is, how will Anakin appear in Obi-Wan’s new story? The Disney Plus series will be set eight years after Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Lucasfilm confirmed during the official announcement. That puts Skywalker squarely in the hulking Darth Vader suit in the timeline.

Well, according to Star Wars in-the-knows Kessel Run Transmissions, who correctly tipped Clone Wars spinoff ‘The Bad Batch’ ahead of official confirmation, there are two ways Anakin could appear outside of his iconic Vader costume.

Anakin Skywalker falls to the dark side in Revenge of the Sith.
Anakin Skywalker is in the clutches of the dark side when the new Disney Plus show is to be set.

The first is via Obi-Wan’s memories and dreams. Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) left his former apprentice and friend for dead on the lava shores of Mustafar. KRT suggests Kenobi will be haunted by this character-defining moment.

The other is that Anakin could appear as a Force Ghost, similar to Qui-Gon Jinn in The Clone Wars. Skywalker is technically still alive, just fallen to the dark side, however, meaning this would be less likely.

Anakin and Obi-Wan face off during their duel on Mustafar.
Anakin and Obi-Wan last saw each other during their cataclysmic duel on Mustafar.

Hayden Christensen last appeared on-screen as Clone Wars hero Anakin in 2005’s Revenge of the Sith. He also portrayed the iconic Jedi knight in 2002’s Attack of the Clones, and had a voice-only cameo in 2019’s The Rise of Skywalker.

The Skywalker character has been far more active in the past fifteen years since Episode III’s release, however. Matt Lanter voiced the tragic hero in Dave Filoni’s long-running Clone Wars series. The animated series ended earlier this year.

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When is The Boys season 3 on Amazon? Release date, cast, plot and more

Published: 23/Oct/2020 15:56

by Daniel Megarry


Superhero satire The Boys has proven to be a runaway success for Amazon, and season 3 is officially on its way. We’ve rounded up all the teasers, cast details, and plot rumors we could find here.

In just two seasons, the streaming blockbuster has become one of the most talked-about shows of the moment, and there’s even a spin-off series in the works. It’s not surprising, really, given how wildly popular the superhero genre is right now.

But what makes The Boys stand out is its cynical view of those with superpowers, examining the corruption and self-serving motives behind their actions, as well as its brutal action sequences and mature themes.

It’s a far cry from Marvel’s idealistic view of superheroes.

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The Boys has been confirmed to get a season 3 as well as a spin-off series

While fans may have a while to wait until season 3 of The Boys arrives on their screens, there’s already plenty of teasing and speculation about what we can expect. Here’s everything we know so far.

The Boys season 3 release date: When will it air?

Like many other TV series and movies, production for season 3 of The Boys was halted due to the ongoing global health crisis. It’s now expected that filming will begin in early 2021, as confirmed by showrunner Eric Kripke.

There’s no official release date yet, and while there’s still a small chance we’ll get a release at the tail end of 2021, it’s looking more likely that we’ll be waiting until 2022 to get our next super fix. Yes, we’re as devastated as you are.

The Boys season 3 plot and storyline: What will happen?

While details on future storylines are scarce right now, we’re expecting to see the rivalry between Homelander and Butcher reach new heights, as both characters have now lost people they loved at the hands of the other.

Homelander actor Anthony Starr has promised that his character will be “let off the leash” following the season 2 finale, where, as well as being humiliated by Butcher and friends, he was blackmailed by teammate Queen Maeve and had his son Ryan taken away from him.

“It’ll be really fun, just seeing him go unhinged and exact revenge,” Anthony teased, explaining that showrunner Eric Kripke used the words “homicidal maniac” to describe his character in the upcoming season.

Homelander in The Boys
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Anthony Starr says Homelander will be “let off the leash” in The Boys season 3

“If you look at the end of Season 2, some people should be more scared than others, for sure,” he added. “William Butcher should always have an alarm bell ringing in his head, and I think some other people have firmly put themselves in the line of fire for season 3.”

It’s also expected that the new season will look into America’s “fraught” history with Vaught and the supes they create with the introduction of Soldier Boy, a twist on Marvel’s Captain America. He’ll be joined by his former team Payback, who have been described as “The Seven before The Seven”.

This gives the potential for the recently-decapitated Stormfront to get more screen time, too, as she was part of Soldier Boy’s Payback team in the comics. We’ll have to wait and see if she makes a return, either in the present or in flashback form.

Eric Kripke has teased that there will be tension between Homelander and Soldier Boy, explaining that the two are “pretty close in power” and that Soldier Boy was essentially “Homelander before Homelander, and for a much longer period of time”.

The Boys season 3 cast: Who’s joining the show?

Jensen Ackles – who starred in another of Eric Kripke’s shows, Supernatural – will be joining the cast to play Soldier Boy, who became “the first super celebrity and a mainstay of American culture for decades” after fighting in World War II.

“As Soldier Boy, the very first Superhero, he’ll bring so much humor, pathos, and danger to the role,” Eric said of Jensen’s addition to the show. “I can’t wait to be on set with him again, and bring a bit of Supernatural to The Boys.”

Jensen Ackles and Soldier Boy
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Jensen Ackles will star as Soldier Boy in The Boys season 3

We are of course expecting regulars Karl Urban (Butcher), Jack Quaid (Hughie), Erin Moriarty (Starlight), Antony Starr (Homelander), Dominique McElligott (Maeve), Nathan Mitchell (Black Noir), Jessie T Usher (A-Train), Chace Crawford (The Deep), Karen Fukuhara (Kimiko), Laz Alonso (Mother’s Milk) and Tomer Capon (Frenchie) to return.

It’s unknown whether Stormfront – who was only contracted for one season – will appear at this point, although it has been confirmed that she’s not dead after being badly burned and having her limbs severed in the season 2 finale, so there is potential.

“She’s not technically dead,” Stormfront actor Aya Cash told Entertainment Weekly, “but I think you’ll just have to see season 3 to find out what happened to her if she’s going to be around at all in her smaller form.”

Meanwhile, another minor character – but one who made a lasting impact – whose return has been teased is Love Sausage. Speaking during a Twitter Q&A about the show, Eric Kripke said that although it was “hard” to incorporate the character, he will indeed be making a comeback in season 3.

The Boys season 3 trailer: Is there any footage yet?

Maeve and Homelander in The Boys
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Queen Maeve and Homelander’s relationship will be rocky in The Boys season 3

There’s no trailer yet for season 3 of The Boys, and that’s (understandably) due to the fact that filming has yet to begin. We’ll keep you updated when one arrives.