See how Hayden Christensen's Darth Vader may have appeared in Force Awakens
As it stands, Darth Vader exists in STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS as a charred helmet and in a few references, although this was not always the case. "The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens" book shows us that at one point in time, Vader would have appeared as a Force ghost. Remember those rumors about Hayden Christensen returning to the SW saga? This is undoubtedly where they've stemmed from as the following concept art shows us a kind of halfway point between Anakin Skywalker and Darth Vader. Take a look!
Artist Iain McCaig on the above images:
When you light a candle, you also cast a shadow. That inspired me to propose, for the first time, that Anakins ghost could come back If we see Anakin Skywalker, because he does flow back and forth between Darth Vader and Anakin, lets see him as a character with a dark and light side. The reason Luke is this whole new entity is because he was the first to acknowledge his own dark side that it was not separate from him.
Of course, early versions of The FORCE AWAKENS had Luke play a more prominent figure, so perhaps this is something leftover from that. Given that we're going to see much more of him in EPISODE VIII, I suppose there's always the possibility that Vader could return in some form or fashion. The Force is a fickle thing!
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS is now in theaters.
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