Following Disney+’s Obi-Wan Kenobi series, Ewan McGregor said in a recent interview that he is open to future visits to the Star Wars franchise. For the first time since 2005’s Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, McGregor reprised his role as Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi in exile. Darth Vader will be played by Hayden Christensen, who will reprise his role in the series.
McGregor sat down with the magazine for an upcoming issue devoted on his series, according to Total Film via GamesRadar, where the topic of his future with the franchise was broached. When asked about his experience working on the six-episode limited series, McGregor stated that if the opportunity arose, he would consider returning to the part. The actor then joked that it may appear as if he was already running to the Walt Disney Company’s upper management, asking for new projects.
“It was good to come back and bridge that gap between me and Alec Guinness,” McGregor says of filming the new series. I enjoyed portraying him almost as much, if not more, than I did in the first three films together. That has to do with the writing, the individuals we worked with on the series, the technology, and the fact that everything is so distinct.
McGregor, Darth Vader actor Hayden Christensen, co-star Moses Ingram, and director Deborah Chow discussed Obi-Wan and his new journey in the cover story of the latest issue of Total Film magazine. Ewan McGregor could hardly believe he’d be reprising his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi after the Star Wars prequels wrapped filming. McGregor is reprising his role as Obi-Wan in a new Disney Plus series, two decades after first starring in The Phantom Menace. While the show is only scheduled for a six-episode run, McGregor enjoyed himself so much that he would gladly reprise his role as the Jedi knight.
Ewan McGregor, who played Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, feels that returning for the series was more fulfilling than working on the prequel trilogy. Obi-Wan Kenobi is arguably Disney’s most anticipated Star Wars series to date. After the events of Revenge of the Sith, the series follows the iconic titular Jedi as he watches after Luke Skywalker on Tatooine while avoiding the Empire’s Jedi hunters. McGregor reprises his role as Obi-Wan, and fellow prequel actor Hayden Christensen reprises his role as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader in the series. Obi-Wan Kenobi arrives on Disney+ in May after a long wait.
While George Lucas’ Star Wars prequel trilogy got mixed reviews upon its initial release, the films have seen a renaissance in recent years. This is owing in part to the rise of “meme culture” on the internet, since all three prequel films have been heavily exploited for some of their wonderfully written dialogue. Of course, this could be owing to the fact that many adult Star Wars fans today grew up during the premiere of the prequel trilogy in theatres, so there is a sense of nostalgia associated with the films. While the prequel trilogy has shortcomings, many fans feel that McGregor’s portrayal of Obi-Wan Kenobi is not one of them, and his performance has subsequently become almost as famous as Alec Guinness’ in the original trilogy.
McGregor is ready to return to Star Wars fans’ screens in Obi-Wan Kenobi, almost a decade after his last on-screen appearance. Despite making voice cameos throughout the sequel trilogy, McGregor will play the Jedi Master during the galaxy’s darkest hours, when the Empire reigned unchecked and the Jedi Order was on the verge of extinction. Obi-Wan will not be alone, since Vader (Christensen), Owen (Joel Edgerton), and Beru Lars (Bonnie Piesse), as well as other Obi-Wan cameos teased by director Deborah Chow, have already been confirmed to return. While McGregor’s homecoming may appear to some as a one-time event given the character’s backstory, the actor hasn’t ruled out the possibility of returning to the galaxy far, far away in the future.
This discovery may not come as a surprise to some, because the prequel trilogy is notorious for its often ridiculous speech. The screenplay of Disney’s newest Star Wars series, on the other hand, has been lauded, particularly Jon Favreau’s work on The Mandalorian. It’s understandable that McGregor would enjoy returning to his iconic role with a big increase in the level of writing he gets to explore. Especially when he’s presenting the long-awaited story that fills in the gaps between his Obi-Wan and Alec Guinness’ Obi-Wan. With that said, Obi-Wan Kenobi’s true identity will be revealed in the near future.
While McGregor has claimed that he liked the contrasts in production between the Star Wars prequel trilogy and Obi-Wan Kenobi, he has also stated that working with Christensen again was one of his favourite aspects of making the series. When you combine this with McGregor’s other comments regarding Obi-Wan Kenobi’s production, it appears that the series will have something for everyone. The series is sure to bring back memories for fans of the prequel trilogy, while simultaneously appearing to go a fresh direction away from the prequels, which will appeal to others who aren’t fans of those films.
Obi-Wan Kenobi is set to premiere on Disney+ on Friday, May 27th.