Ewan McGregor, who played Obi-Wan Kenobi in George Lucas’ opinion-splitting Star Wars prequel trilogy, will reprise that role in a TV series for the upcoming Disney+ streaming service…
It had previously been hinted that McGregor would reprise Obi-Wan in a movie spinoff, in a similar vein to Solo: A Star Wars Story from last year. However, the box office fumble of Solo has shifted Disney’s intentions for Obi-Wan into the TV realm.
Before the news officially was officially announced, numerous trusted publications reported that McGregor was currently in talks with Disney about donning his brown robe once again for an Obi-Wan show on Disney+. And then, at this year’s big Disney expo, Ewan McGregor took to the stage with Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy to confirm it!
As for story details, the break between Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope is ripe with storytelling potential, and McGregor has told Mens Journal (via Flickering Myth) that the series will see Obi-Wan dealing with some serious trauma:
“The storyline sits between Episode III and Episode IV,” the Trainspotting actor confirmed. “The Jedi Order was falling apart [at the end of Revenge of the Sith]. It will be interesting to take a character we know in a way and show him – Well, his arc will be quite interesting, I think, dealing with that the fact that all the Jedi were slaughtered with the end of Episode III. It’s quite something to get over.”
We’ve already seen snippets of Obi-Wan’s life on Tatooine looking over the young Luke Skywalker through various comic books and the Star Wars Rebels animated show. These previous stories don’t diminish our desire to see a live-action exploration of Obi-Wan’s time as an outcast on the sandy planet, though.
As we hear more, we’ll be sure to keep you updated.