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Ewan McGregor Says Star Wars Fans Will Love Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Storyline

By Ishita Chatterjee
February 10,2022

After The Book of Boba Fett comes Obi-Wan Kenobi. Prequel Trilogy stars Hayden Christensen and Ewan McGregor reprise their respective roles on the show.

If you haven’t been living under a rock, then you know that the hype for this show is through the roof. The Obi-Wan Kenobi show is set a decade after Revenge of the Sith, and it looks like the show will explore the Jedi Master’s Tatooine exile.

As per various interviews and leaks, it sounds like the show will bring in Inquisitors (the Grand Inquisitor has already been cast), Aunt Beru, Uncle Owen, and of course Darth Vader.

Show star Ewan McGregor is giving interviews about the show, and he has talked about why Star Wars fans will enjoy the series.

Ewan McGregor Talks About Obi-Wan Kenobi

Ewan McGregor As Obi-Wan Kenobi

Ewan McGregor As Obi-Wan Kenobi

During an interview with Forbes, Mr. Obi-Wan Kenobi himself, Ewan McGregor, talked about coming back to the iconic role. McGregor said that he loved playing the character even though fans didn’t enjoy the Star Wars Trilogy he was in.

Here’s his quote:

“Oh my gosh, well I loved playing him again. I mean, it’s quite interesting, after the experience of making the first three films and living through sort of their reception in the world, which wasn’t always glowing, I have to say. And then now, meeting the generation, who we made those films for, the children then – and now, people in their late teens or early 20s, those people who were kids who we made those films for, they loved them. To them, they’re their Star Wars films, you know? For us, it was the original films of the 70s, but for them, it was our films were their Star Wars.”

McGregor’s comment implies that his Disney+ series is directed at Prequel Trilogy fans. He said:

“So to step back into his shoes again now and do a series, a whole series about Obi-Wan Kenobi for those fans, it just makes me really happy.”

As for filming the show, McGregor had nothing but praise for director Deborah Chow. He said:

“It was a great experience. Deborah Chow directed all the episodes, and she’s really good. She directed a couple [episodes] of The Mandalorian, and she’s a really great director. She really knows the Star Wars world, inside out, far more than I do. We just had a great time.”

Note that Chow will be the first director to direct an entire season of a live-action Disney+ Star Wars series.

Hayden Christensen As Anakin Skywalker

Hayden Christensen As Anakin Skywalker

Ewan McGregor also talked about Hayden Christensen’s return. However, he didn’t give anything away regarding the reunion of the two. He said:

“I think it’s no secret that Hayden Christensen comes back, and we got to play scenes together again as Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker and it was just fantastic to work with him again. I’m not going to give away anything else about the storyline, only I think it’s really going to satisfy Star Wars fans. I always felt there was a story between Episode III, where I finished playing Obi-Wan in the movies, and Episode IV, where Alec Guinness is Obi-Wan Kenobi. The [Obi-Wan Kenobi series] writers and Deb and I and everyone, I think we crafted or they crafted a very fine storyline. I think people are going to like it.”

What We Got From Ewan McGregor’s Interview

Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader fight on Mustafar in new concept art

Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader fight on Mustafar in new concept art

McGregor didn’t give anything away, but there are still some things that can be inferred from his comments. For one, his comment about doing the show for Prequel Trilogy fans is quite interesting.

However, Star Wars works best when it encompasses its entire history and audience. The Mandalorian has shown us this. Hopefully, the creators of the show kept that in mind.

Also, McGregor did say, “it’s really going to satisfy Star Wars fans.” So there’s plenty of hope for now.

On a more positive note, the fact that Ewan McGregor felt like there was always a story between Episode 3 and Episode 4 where Alec Guinness is Obi-Wan Kenobi is good to hear.

It means that he is interested and invested in the story they are telling. Overall, if there’s one story that fans have always been wanting to see, then it’s this one. So we hope that the show lives up to the hype and potential.

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