Star Wars Episode VII: Return of Darth Vader?

Movies, Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Will Darth Vader be resurrected in the new Star Wars trilogy? That’s the claim from British publication The Express, which quotes a “film mole” as saying, “He’s an integral part of the franchise. Replacing him is virtually impossible. The plan is for him to return and play a significant role in the new films.”

While stranger things have happened in the “Expanded Universe” of tie-in Star Wars fiction, and cloning technology is available, this seems a little far-fetched. What we could see, though, is the “Force spirit” of Vader’s alter-ego, Anakin Skywalker, returning to guide his descendants. Late in the prequel trilogy there was a heavy emphasis on Obi-Wan Kenobi learning to commune with the spirits of the dead, which of course ties in with Kenobi’s ghostly appearances to Luke Skywalker after his own death in the original trilogy — and the new films could certainly benefit from restoring some of this mysticism to the Jedi ways.

There’s also this: George Lucas made a point to replace Sebastian Shaw’s appearance as Anakin’s spirit at the end of Episode VI with Hayden Christensen, who played Anakin as a young man in Episodes II and III. Could that have been because Shaw left us long ago, and Christensen remains to make further appearances as the fallen Jedi who was redeemed?

About Jayson Peters

Nerdvana's founder and owner. A former East Valley Tribune copy editor, page designer and website editor, he is now Digital Editor for The Pueblo Chieftain in Southern Colorado, a web design instructor at Pueblo Community College and president of the Southern Colorado Press Club. He has contributed to the popular GeekDad blog and taught online media at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, his alma mater. Lifelong Star Wars fan and Trekker who also worships all things Tolkien and Doctor Who.