Does Obi-Wan still have the high ground? Star Wars fans may not have to wait too long to find out.
During a Zoom appearance on The Graham Norton Show (BBC), actor Ewan McGregor revealed that he would be stepping back into the boots of Obi-Wan Kenobi in March 2021 for the production of Lucasfilm’s new series, which will stream exclusively on Disney+.
“It’s the Obi-Wan Kenobi story, I suppose. It’s not all me, but it certainly…will be a lot of me, which is good,” McGregor told Norton. “We start shooting it in March next year.”
McGregor couldn’t share any plot details, but he did talk about how much he admired Alec Guinness, the legendary English actor who played the character in George Lucas’s original trilogy.
“The fun thing about doing that in the first place when I was much younger was trying to imagine Alec Guinness, how would he play these scenes as a younger guy?” McGregor said. “It led me to watch some of his earlier work, which I had never seen before. Brilliant movies, wonderful films that he’d been in, and I had such a great time studying him in those movies.”
Production times in show business can vary, but if the second season of The Mandalorian is anything to go by, McGregor’s Obi-Wan series could begin streaming in the spring of 2022. (The Mandalorian’s second season will debut on October 30, but principal photography began around a year ago, in November 2019.)
Obi-Wan was last seen in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005), handing off baby Luke to Beru and Owen Lars. Nobody cared to ask what his last name was, though.