I think we can all agree that we loved Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi. The great news is, we haven’t seen the last of his character or of McGregor! In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, McGregor stated that he will soon be reprising the role in an Obi-Wan-centered series for Disney+!!
McGregor states in the interview:
“Spring next year we start,” he revealed of production plans. “I’m really excited about it. It’s gonna be great, I think.”
While fans are excitedly awaiting the return of another Star Wars series, The Mandalorian, McGregor noted there aren’t any plans, yet, for a second season of Obi-Wan.
“As I understand, it’s a standalone season,” he said. “We’ll see. Who knows?”
McGregor last played Obi-Wan in 2005’s Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith, and over the past few years his desire to reprise the role has grown.
McGregor even stated in the Empire Podcast, “I’m more excited about doing this one than I was doing the second and third one that we did before. I’m just excited about working with Deborah Chow [director, who also directed episodes of The Mandalorian], and the storylines are going to be really good I think. I’m just excited to play him again. It’s been long enough since I played him before.”
The prequel trilogy involving Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, and Hayden Christenson was not a huge hit with Star Wars fans. This new standalone, 6 episodes, season will be a great way for McGregor to return his character to the screen, especially with the advancement in technology over the years.
McGregor also stated on the Podcast, “You know, our films weren’t much liked when they came out, by my generation who loved the first ones. I think people of our generation wanted to feel the way they’d felt when they saw those first three movies when they were kids, and George [Lucas] wanted to take our ones in a different direction, he had a different idea. It was tricky at the time, I remember. But now, all these years later, I’m really aware of what our films meant to the generation they were made for, the children of that time. They really like them. I’ve met people who, they mean a lot to them, those films, more so than the original three, and I’m like, ‘Are you kidding?'”
As far as getting the chance to work with the director, Deborah Chow, McGregor spoke about looking forward to a very different kind of Star Wars production process – with the series expected to shoot on The Volume, the innovative high-resolution video wall technology used extensively in The Mandalorian.
He stated, “The first three [Star Wars films] I did were really at the very beginning of digital photography,” the actor recalls. “We had a camera with an umbilical cord to a tent, it was like back to the beginning of movies where the camera didn’t move very much because there was so much hardware attached to it. Now we’re going to be able to really create stuff without swathes of green-screen and blue-screen, which becomes very tedious for the actor.”
What are your thoughts on this new standalone series coming to Disney+?