Ewan McGregor Discussing Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi Series With Disney+
There could be a disturbance in the force, as news lands today that Ewan McGregor may be about to reprise his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in a new Star Wars series for Disney+.
McGregor, now aged 48, first played the part back in 1999’s ‘Star Wars: The Phantom Menace’, reprising it in 2002 for ‘Star Wars: Attack of the Clones’ and again 2005 for ‘Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith’. At the end of the prequel movies, Obi-Wan moved to Tatooine to watch over a young Luke Skywalker who is being raised by his Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru. Whilst there are no details on what the show might entail, if you think it would just be Kenobi kicking back on a sand dune and scaring off the occasional Tusken Raider, before morphing into Alec Guinness, you’d be wrong.
Obi-Wan does spend most of his time keeping watch over the young Skywalker from a distance, but there have been a few other notable events since his exile to the desert planet. The Marvel comic book series recounts a number of stories from the “The Journals of Ben Kenobi”, which he wrote for Luke, detail various adventures he undertook whilst staying in the Dune Sea. They included encounters with Garro, a mysterious man who taught Yoda in the ways of the stonepower, dealings bounty hunters and, inevitably on Tatooine, encounters with Jabba The Hutt and his criminal empire. There was also his final showdown with Maul, which was covered in ‘Star Wars Rebels’.
Getting McGregor to return as Kenobi has been something on the wishlist of Star Wars fans for a while. There were originally rumours of a possible movie, but following the (arguably, unjust) critical reception to the ‘Solo’ movie, it seems Disney has moved on to the idea of a series instead. A similar thing happened to the rumoured ‘Boba Fett’ film, which morphed into Jon Favreau’s upcoming series ‘The Mandalorian’ starring Pedro Pascal.
Whilst none of this is confirmed at the moment, Disney’s big D23 Expo is happening later this month, so would seem like the perfect opportunity to announce something, assuming everything is signed and sealed. We’ll bring you more info as we get it.
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