So far we have seen the likes of The Mandalorian, Cassian Andor, and Obi-Wan Kenobi TV shows getting the green light for Disney +. With the franchise like Star Wars, surely the possibilities are endless with the kinds of shows you could develop?
One of the things that’s surprised me so far since Disney took control of Star Wars, is how little they’ve used the franchise’s most iconic character, Darth Vader. When you look at the buzz his inclusion created in Rogue One, you have to think it’s only a matter of time before Disney starts giving us more Darth Vader.
Now we hear a rumor that comes from We Got This Covered that Disney is looking at a Darth Vader TV show for the soon to launch streaming newcomer. The rumor was headlined as Hayden Christensen making a possible return and this made me immediately roll my eyes. For one, in my opinion, the outlet doesn’t have a good hit rate for scoops. Secondly, I cannot see why they’d pay the money for Christensen to stand in a suit with no speaking lines in a TV show.
However, after reading the article the outlet claims its sources were not sure about Christensen’s return and that it may depend on whether they want any flashbacks to pre-Vader Anakin. They did say that their sources only confirmed James Earl Jones was in, not Christensen at this time.
And actually, when you think about it, this is probably the most on the nose and obvious idea Lucasfilm could have dreamt up for Disney +. The idea of a 6 part Vader show, focussed on the dark lord, honestly, it fills me with excitement in a way that even the Obi-Wan series doesn’t. It also makes perfect sense to get this going as soon as possible while James Earl Jones is healthy and willing to work.
In terms of what this could be about, I mean, pick one from a million possibilities. Personally, though it’s no longer canon, I’d love to see a canonized adaptation of Shadows of the Empire, just without the Luke and Leia aspects. Imagine a story about Vader in the Empire having to gain favor with the Emperor and compete against a criminal kingpin like Xizor?
The fact you could also have McDiarmid as the Emperor show up, the almost limitless ideas for stories (hunting Jedi?), and Jones as the voice all make this an intriguing possibility. I won’t vouch for the validity of this rumor, no way. What I will say, is that if Lucasfilm are not thinking about this, they are missing a real opportunity which one day won’t be possible when Jones decides he’s retiring for good. I think it should be called Hating Sand, but let me know your own (serious) thoughts on cool titles.
Would you like to see a Darth Vader Disney + show? I hope so for your sake Commander, the comments section is not as forgiving as I am.
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SOURCE: We Got This Covered