the actor of Anakin Skywalker and Darth Vader, Hayden Christensenwho recently returned to the franchise in the Disney+ series ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’, became known worldwide after he brought this character to life in 2002. However, during years of absence, the character kept going through animated products from the Star Wars, such as the Clone Wars series.

In this way, the character developed further in these productions and also maintained and increased his popularity with audiences of different ages. For this reason, the actor revealed in an interview with Esquire, who feels “owed” to Lucasfilm creative director Dave Filoni.

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“I think what Dave Filoni did with Clone Wars and Rebels is brilliant. I owe a big debt to Dave Filoni because I think he helped Anakin’s character a lot.” Christensen said. “I think it fleshed out the character and also expanded our understanding of Anakin’s relationship with the Jedi, the Council, and the mistrust he harbored.”

Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano.

Christensen marked the importance that the animations produced by Filoni had for character and audience acceptance. Despite not voiced Anakin Skywalker in The Clone Wars, on the small screen the character was played by Matt Lanter.

Who Dave Philoni?

Dave Philoni. Photo under CC license, Josh Hallett.

Dave Filoni is a true fan of Star Wars and is known as George Lucas’ “padawan”. He is currently the creative head at Lucasfilm, developing the Star Wars universe with series like The Bad Batch, The Mandalorian, Obi-Wan Kenobi, The Book of Boba Fett and the unreleased, Ahsoka.

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While George Lucas was still at the helm of Lucasfilm, Filoni landed his dream job and became part of the first animated movie in this universe, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, as well as The Clone Wars series. He then made the animation Star Wars: Rebels.

After Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm, Dave Filoni was contacted as creative director of this universe and most of his projects are part of the Disney+ catalog.