Rumors from the set of two upcoming Star Wars films have Hayden Christensen once more taking up the black helmet to become Darth Vader.
Of course, hardcore Star Wars fans probably don't want this to happen — so let's just hope that these rumors aren't true.
However, website Making Star Wars reports that Vader might get an appearance in Star Wars: Rogue One, one of the spin-off movies in production. That would make sense, as this movie does take place during the reign of Vader. It's likely that it would see Vader hunting down rebels, because that's what he did during the time period of Rogue One.
The rumors kicked off with reports that someone on set spotted a fully functional part of Darth Vader's costume in the production's prop shop.
However, fans might be concerned at the second rumor regarding a Darth Vader appearance in one of the films telling the franchise's main story, Star Wars: Episode VIII. According to Making Star Wars, "A team in the U.K. [is] soon heading to the U.S. to begin training Hayden Christensen for a Star Wars: Episode VIII appearance of some sort."
One can almost hear the groans and loud screams of Darth Vader's "NOOOOOO!" in response to that news.
An appearance by Vader in the new films makes no sense, unless it's a flashback scene. Or the writers could explain that Vader was somehow revived after Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. If the films go that route, it would no doubt be disappointing to many fans, as Vader's emotional death scene in Return of the Jedi carried so much weight. Alternately, the writers may want to bring back Vader as a ghost, similar to Obi Wan's appearance to Luke Skywalker after his untimely death in the original trilogy.
Either way, most would agree that Vader doesn't belong in the new films and that he should remain dead and gone for the long haul.
Keep in mind that these are rumors and nothing more: there has been no confirmation of Christensen's casting for the upcoming films. But these rumors have already made the rounds and many Star Wars fans are upset, claiming that Christensen "would ruin" the franchise, again.
Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens opens in theaters worldwide on December 18.