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Hayden Force Ghost


I wish Disney could at least fix him up so he doesn’t look so damn creepy and out of place. That sinister smile and the fact that it looks like he’s standing 5 feet away from Yoda. Just always thought it was absolutely awful and wish they would see it and change it.


A good number of fans agree with you, mate. The execution and quality of the change itself… is as poor as the nonsensical decision to replace Sebastian Shaw and insert Hayden Christensen as Anakin’s force ghost in the 2004 Special Editions of ROTJ.

Though for a fair few of us on here… Sebastian Shaw will always be Anakin Skywalker in Return Of The Jedi.


A mini-index of dedicated OriginalTrilogy•com threads on the subject of Anakin Skywalker’s Force Ghost in Return Of The Jedi…


These threads may be of some interest on, and around the subject of, Anakin’s force ghost in Return Of The Jedi too…

Your first reaction to Hayden is ROTJ (2006)

Unbearable HC (2005)

Anakin ghost old vs young (2016)

Hayden replacing Sebastian Shaw in ROTJ (2005)

Anakin’s ghost?!?!?! (2004)

2004 release continuity error?! (Anakin’s ghost) (2004 thread; re Jedi are restored their youth as force ghosts)

End of SE ROTJ… (2006 thread; re Anakin’s force ghost should be Shaw)

Official Lucasfilm Video Explaining Force Ghosts (2016 thread; with 2 minute video re why George made the ghost Hayden change)

Why Hayden’s acting in ROTJ was bad… (2005)

Hayden Christensen’s head on Sebastian Shaw’s Body - A digital autopsy (2017)

Hayden replacing Sebastian Shaw in ROTJ (2005)

Why Sebastian is better… (2005)

Anakin’s Force Ghost (2022)

Was Sebastian Shaw the wrong choice for Anakin? (2021)

Why don’t people hate the Palpatine re-casting in ESB yet despise Force ghost Anakin’s re-casting in RotJ? (2019)

Sebastian Shaw Dot Com (2011)

How you pictured Anakin pre-PT (2015)

The end of ROTJ re-edited for the Special Editions (2021 post; with comparison video -

^ If anyone knows of any more threads on here covering the subject of Anakin’s force ghost in Return Of The Jedi please me know, or post it below, and I will add it to the above list - thank you.






Two informative and insightful articles on the Machete Order - by the creator of the Machete Order. (addressing the 2004 Special Edition alteration of Hayden Christensen now playing Anakin Skywalker - replacing the original actor Sebastian Shaw - in ROTJ):-

The Star Wars Saga: Introducing Machete Order - ‘Release Order vs Episode Order’ - from 2011

Star Wars Machete Order: Update and FAQ - from 2015



^ ‘Part of this shot where Luke nods at the ghosts was cut from the SE. Now the long shot of the ghosts is cut between the shot of Luke looking at them. For the DVD, Hayden Christensen’s head from “Revenge of the Sith” was pasted on Sebastian Shaw’s body. (1997/2004) #StarWars #RotJ’ - (doubleofive)

“Why don’t you knock it off with them negative waves? Why don’t you dig how beautiful it is out here?”

“Why don’t you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?” - Oddball, of The Awkward Squad