Summary

  • The return of Darth Vader in Star Wars projects showcases the true power of the character created by George Lucas.
  • Filoni emphasizes the responsibility of not lessening the impact of the iconic villain in future projects.
  • The creative decisions, such as using Vader briefly in Ahsoka to highlight Anakin’s duality, prevent the dilution of the character’s impact.


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Ahsoka showrunner Dave Filoni has offered his own thoughts about the immense responsibility that comes with using George Lucas’ iconic Star Wars villain Darth Vader. A potent figure central to the original Star Wars trilogy, Vader has since made several live-action appearances throughout the Disney-owned era of the franchise, including 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and the Disney+ Obi-Wan Kenobi show. Most recently, Filoni also featured him briefly in Ahsoka episode 5 when the titular Jedi encounters the spirit of her former master, Anakin Skywalker, in the mysterious World Between Worlds.

Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Filoni revealed that despite all Vader’s character had to do on the Ahsoka set was walk in a straight line, he was inundated with people coming to see the famous character return to the screen. Pointing out such a reaction was a testament to the true power of the characters originally created by Lucas, the showrunner suggested it was an important responsibility to not lessen the impact of the iconic villain. Check out his comments below:

All Vader had to do was walk in a line. But so many people came to set just to see somebody in a Darth Vader costume, walking in a straight line! You realize the power of these characters and the archetypes that George Lucas created, and that’s a real responsibility. You never want that to lessen. You have to keep that as the powerful thing it is.


Darth Vader’s Ahsoka Moment Was Unforgettably Powerful

Vader Anakin vs Ahsoka in Episode 5

While the return of Darth Vader in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story may have originally come as some surprise to viewers, since then it has been made abundantly clear that Disney still has a future planned for his character. With James Earl Jones officially retiring as the voice of Darth Vader, but signing over the rights for Lucasfilm to use an AI recreation of his voice, it is possible that the imposing Sith Lord can continue gracing screens for decades to come. Yet Filoni is correct in asserting the need to avoid lessening the impact of his character by potentially oversaturating future projects with his presence.

Instead, the small, yet powerful, callbacks such as that featured in Ahsoka episode 5 are precisely the sort of creative decisions that avoids the potential of diluting the impact of his character. Glimpsed only briefly as the spirit of Hayden Christensen’s Anakin Skywalker confronted his former Padawan, Ahsoka’s use of Darth Vader was intended to highlight the duality of Anakin Skywalker and reflect Ahsoka’s feelings of guilt concerning his fall to the Dark Side. While it would have been possible for Filoni to make Ahsoka fight Anakin as Vader for the entire scene, it was far more impactful having her face the same Anakin she once knew and loved.

Thankfully, with Filoni now established as Lucasfilm’s new Chief Creative Officer, the Ahsoka showrunner will now have a much greater say in how Darth Vader may potentially appear in other Star Wars projects. Armed with an impressive knowledge and understanding of Lucas’ original creative processes, it is likely that he will seek to uphold the enormous responsibility that comes with shepherding some of the most iconic characters in cinema history.

Source: EW

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    Ahsoka

    Release Date:
    2023-08-23

    Cast:
    Rosario Dawson, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Hayden Christensen, Eman Esfandi, Ivanna Sakhno, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ray Stevenson, Genevieve O’Reilly, Lars Mikkelsen, Diana Lee Inosanto

    Genres:
    Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

    Rating:
    TV-14

    Seasons:
    1

    Story By:
    George Lucas

    Writers:
    Dave Filoni

    Streaming Service(s):
    Disney Plus

    Franchise(s):
    Star Wars

    Showrunner:
    Dave Filoni

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