Hayden Christensen, who plays Obi-Wan Kenobi, said the Disney+ show's lightsaber duels will be more like the prequels than the original trilogy.
Hayden Christensen, who plays Obi-Wan Kenobi, says the show's lightsaber duels are identical to those in the prequel trilogy. The impending Disney+ series is the next instalment in Lucasfilm's Star Wars TV expansion, which will see a slew of new live-action and animated shows appear in the coming years. Obi-Wan Kenobi will launch on May 27th, after the completion of The Book of Boba Fett earlier this year.
The highly anticipated series reintroduces Ewan McGregor's portrayal of the titular Jedi, which he played throughout the Star Wars prequel trilogy. Christensen, who played Anakin Skywalker in the second half of those films and will now get to play Darth Vader in his own right, has also been confirmed to return. Since his casting was announced, fans have been awaiting a rematch of their lightsaber combat on Mustafar in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, which left Anakin with wounds that necessitated him to rely on machinery to survive.
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Now, in a print issue of Total Film (via Star Wars News Net), Christensen suggests that the Obi-Wan Kenobi lightsaber duels will be dynamic and energetic, similar to those in the prequels. Obi-Wan and Darth Vader cross blades again in the original Star Wars, albeit this fight has a lot less movement and is more closely linked to the samurai fights that inspired George Lucas. According to Christensen, the two protagonists in this series haven't yet reached the age where they'd have such limited movement. Here's the rest of his quote:
The choice of Christensen to characterise the shift in fighting style as a function of age is intriguing, but not wholly necessary. Audiences are well aware that the difference is due to expectations regarding effects and combat choreography, and it's unlikely that their last duel would follow the same pattern if A New Hope were recreated today. Nonetheless, it creates the intriguing dilemma of producing a series that spans Episodes III and IV, implying that the filmmakers were under pressure to build a connection between McGregor's Obi-Wan and Alec Guinness'.