There is some recycled dialog in the second teaser for The Force Awakens, with a voiceover by Luke:

The force runs strong in my family. My father has it…

Assuming that the dialog is from The Force Awakens and not just lifted from Return of the Jedi, it implies Anakin is still present. He was seen as a force ghost at the end of Jedi. So conceivably could still be around.

But someone would need to play him. Have there been any rumors about this?

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    Is it definitely Luke speaking and not his presumed son?
    – Gaius
    Apr 17, 2015 at 8:20
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    @PaulD.Waite - he actually was: im.ziffdavisinternational.com/ign_es/screenshot/default/…
    – user8719
    Apr 17, 2015 at 9:20
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    @DarthMelkor: this is very true, sorry, I just associate the name Anakin with all that unpleasantness in the noughties. Apr 17, 2015 at 9:45
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    @PaulD.Waite - I just pretend it never happened. :)
    – user8719
    Apr 17, 2015 at 13:15
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    I feel there is too much speculation abound as we only have rumours to run off of as yet, and things are still rapidly changing. As such I have closed this for the time being.
    – AncientSwordRage
    Apr 17, 2015 at 15:32

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As someone who has been actively seeking spoilers for the new trilogy, I can say with confidence that - so far - there has been ZERO evidence indicating that Anakin Skywalker will appear.

There has been some speculation that Darth Vader will appear in flashback or vision/dream form, but it will likely just be some stuntman in the suit. The voiceover line we hear in the teaser could be pulled from Episode VI, but is more likely just being recited exactly. I say this because, originally, there were longer pauses between the lines "I have it" and "my... sister... has it." Plus, of course, this has the added "You have it." tacked onto the end. It is presumably

Luke speaking to his adult son/daughter in the movie, who (by all indications) will not know of their origin or Force ability until they find him.

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    I'm inclined to agree that the line is being recited; the voice sounds closer to Mark Hamill of 2015 than of 1983 Apr 17, 2015 at 14:04
  • I threw that last sentence into a spoiler tag just in case. I actively seek spoilers, but I realize others may not.
    – Omegacron
    Apr 17, 2015 at 18:58
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    @JasonBaker - It is a combination of the recording from Return of the Jedi and a new overdub recorded by Mark Hamill a week before the new teaser leaked. He says he kept messing up by saying "...my father HAD it.." instead of "...my father HAS it...", so they had to do several takes before he got it right. blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/…
    – Wad Cheber
    Apr 21, 2015 at 2:32
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    I read something last night where someone said Anakin will appear as a Force ghost. I don't believe it, though.
    – Omegacron
    Apr 22, 2015 at 14:45
  • Interestingly there are rumours he will be in ep VII Dec 17, 2015 at 22:10

Yes, there was an indication that someone (possibly Hayden Christiansen himself based on the images) was considered for being cast in the early versions of the script.

This comes to us courtesy of MakingStarWars.net, which has uncovered the images of the concept of this in "Art Of Star Wars: The Force Awakens" books:

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Obviously, now that the film is released, we know that they nixed the concept, at least for Episode VII


At present, there is no indication. The most complete cast list (so far) seems to be the one posted by MakingStarWars.net on April 13th. Bear in mind that this is a fansite, and the source of this information is unclear, so take it with a grain of salt.

I'm not going to reproduce the full list here, because it's quite long, but neither "Anakin Skywalker" nor "Darth Vader" appear on it anywhere. However, the page notes that some of the names are likely codenames rather than actual character names, so it's not impossible that some version of Anakin will feature in the movie.

However, now that the movie has been released, we can confirm that neither Anakin nor Darth Vader make any real appearance (a single shot of Vader's burnt skull notwithstanding).

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