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Should Anakin Skywalker Return in 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'?

Perhaps a Force ghost could be Hayden Christensen's redemption.

This will be a controversial opinion, but hear it out: Hayden Christensen should return as Anakin Skywalker for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

At least, that's the argument writer and critic Chris Hartwell lays out in a new video essay, which chronicles how the return could actually enhance the current trilogy — even for those most opposed to the prequels. After all, it's now canon that yes, Christensen and not original Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi actor Sebastian Shaw, is the definitive Anakin Force ghost thanks to some tinkering from George Lucas.  

Here are a few of his main points (but watch the video at the bottom of the post for the full effect).

The Force Awakens establishes that Anakin's story is not yet done, thanks to Kylo Ren's obsession with his grandfather Darth Vader. It makes sense that at some point, Kylo Ren should learn that Darth Vader turned back to the light before his death. 

— Obi-Wan and Yoda called out to Rey during her vision, establishing that Force Ghosts are still are around. Logically, Anakin's should be around too.

— Christensen would likely fare better under an actor's director (Rian Johnson) rather than an admittedly technical director like George Lucas. 

"The prequels were divisive and Hayden Christensen's Anakin was panned by many, but in light of the larger story being told, his return was always necessary," Hartwell tells Heat Vision.

Is he right? Check it out below and decide. 

The Last Jedi, out Dec. 15, has already wrapped production. 

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