Ewan McGregor Wants To Return As Obi-Wan Kenobi

Ewan McGregor Wants To Return As Ono-Wan Kenobi

Obi-Wan Kenobi actor Ewan McGregor shows his interest in returning to his Star Wars role. In an interview on the Disney Studio Awards website, McGregor says he’s “happy to do it again.”

It’s been 24 years since McGregor started playing Anakin Skywalker’s first Jedi master. At this point, he’s played the role for five films and the newly released series. This includes his voice cameo in the sequel trilogy.

The role was initially played by Sir Alec Guinness in 1977 and reprised his role in Empire Strikes Back (1980) and in Return of the Jedi (1983). While Guinness grew to hate the franchise, McGregor’s thoughts about the movies are the complete opposite of the original actor.

Ewan McGregor shared his thoughts on playing Obi-Wan again in the Disney series:

I was so happy to do it again, and so happy to work with Hayden again. I hope we get the chance to do it again.

His return was planned many years back. But at the time, it was planned to make it into a film instead of the series that we saw a few months ago.

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The series ended back in June 2022. The last episode showed the main battle between Anakin Skywalker, aka Darth Vader, and Obi-Wan. Obi-Wan shows Anakin why he is still the master. Anakin also shows why he is now Darth Vader, and Anakin is no more. This fight has already answered most questions we have in the original trilogy of films.

So, we wonder if there is a chance to do it again. Will Darth Vader meet Obi-Wan again? I love the fact that Obi-Wan would be happy to work with Hayden Christensen again. But I do wonder if it can still work narratively.

Obi-Wan is one of the characters that people are looking forward to seeing. Even though we’ve seen the character’s death in the original 1977 film, fans still enjoyed seeing him as the first force ghost.

The prequel films, regardless of if they did focus on Anakin Skywalker, also had a large focus on Obi-Wan Kenobi. From being a young padawan to being a Jedi master.

But the time between the prequel trilogy and the original trilogy did leave a large gap. This gave a lot of leeway for Lucasfilm to build upon. McGregor continued talking about his thoughts about Star Wars:

In the old days, I would joke about, ‘There must be a good story to tell between Episode III and VI.’ But, it’s true. I always felt that there was. I feel like [series director] Deborah Chow found it and absolutely nailed it … just found the story that we wanted to see between the last one that we did and first that was done in [1977].

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For the past years, Lucasfilm has been building small stories within that Star Wars timeline before the events of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Movies like Rogue One and Solo. And more recently, Andor.

Even the animated series Star Wars: Rebels focused on that particular timeline. Rebels even showed a small but significant story about Obi-Wan. Where he finally defeats Darth Maul, who, for some reason, survived his fall in The Phantom Menace.

While I’m not so sure that we need a new Darth Vader vs Obi-Wan moment, I do believe that there is potential for a second season. Obi-Wan’s rediscovery of himself has opened the possibility for more stories. And that’s still about a decade before the events of A New Hope.

It’s not impossible to see Obi-Wan Kenobi having more involvement in building the Rebellion against the Galactic Empire. Also, there is a story in the Obi-Wan series about people hiding and saving the remaining Jedi. You would think that after the events of the series, Kenobi would be more active in being part of that.

What do you think of Ewan McGregor returning as Obi-Wan? Do you think that Obi-Wan and Darth Vader will get a rematch? Do you think Obi-Wan needs a new season? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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