WARNING: This story contains major spoilers from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." Do NOT continue reading unless you watched the movie.
When "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" arrived in theaters on Dec. 18, many fans were pleased to see heroes from past "Star Wars" films return for the latest episode, while admiring the newest characters who debuted. Returning stars Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher are expected to appear in "Star Wars: Episode VIII" and it's possible that a star from the prequel trilogy will also make his way back on the big screen.
According to E! Online, Hayden Christensen, who portrayed Anakin Skywalker in the prequels, could turn up in either "Star Wars: Episode VIII" or in next year's "Rogue One." It appears as though he will be playing some sort of ghost version of his past self that's either during his transformation to the dark side or after.
You can see what Christensen would've looked like below:
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According to Screen Crush, in the "Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens" book, concept artist Iain McCaig said Christensen was originally going to appear in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." He even discussed his idea for how Anakin should look in ghost form.
'"When you light a candle, you also cast a shadow.’ That inspired me to propose, for the first time, that Anakin’s ghost could come back," McCaig said in the book. "If we see Anakin Skywalker, because he does flow back and forth between Darth Vader and Anakin, let’s 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."
Cinema Blend reported the rumor in September, suggesting it would be Rian Johnson's upcoming "Star Wars: Episode VIII" film Christensen would appear in. While this hasn't been confirmed, if Christensen does appear it's likely he'll either appear to Luke (Hamill), Rey (Daisy Ridley) or can guide the new villain, his grandson, Kylo Ren (Adam Drive) on his quest to the dark side.
"Star Wars: Episode VIII" is expected to hit theaters in May 2017, while "Rogue One" will arrive Dec. 16, 2016. Do you think Christensen will appear in either film? Sound off in the comments section below.