Obi-Wan Kenobi 'Star Wars' series in the works with Ewan McGregor
August 16, 2019
August 16, 2019 12:45 PM EDT
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The Force is strong with Ewan McGregor.
The Scottish actor is in talks to reprise his role as Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi in a new Star Wars TV series.
Variety reports the new series will air exclusively on Disney’s new streaming service, Disney+, which is set to launch later this year.
McGregor played a younger version of the character, first portrayed by Alec Guinness in 1977’s A New Hope, in the three Star Wars prequels The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith. Rumours swirled that McGregor was poised to revive the character in a standalone film to be helmed by Oscar-nominated director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot and The Hours), but those plans were scuppered after last year’s Han Solo spinoff sank at the box office.
“I don’t know anything more about it than you do, I’m afraid,” he told the Sun at a press day for Christopher Robin. “I really don’t. But I’d be up for it. You know that.”
He hasn’t appeared onscreen in any of the newer episodes — The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi and this year’s Rise of Skywalker — but he still relishes the opportunity to interact with Star Wars fans.
“Not long ago they did a Star Wars marathon. I’ve never done anything like this, but I was asked to come and I said I’d do it. I wanted to introduce the last one (Revenge of the Sith) and I went down there at 2:30 in the morning and there were people there who’d been watching movies all day. Those are the real Star Wars fans. They were really in their element and I enjoyed it.”
If the Obi-Wan series comes together, it will be the third live-action Star Wars show on Disney+. The streamer has already set Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian as well as a series based on the Rogue One character Cassian Andor, with Diego Luna reprising his role from the film.
McGregor is no stranger to TV. Last year, he won a Golden Globe for his work on the third season of the FX series Fargo.
He’ll be seen later this year as the adult Danny Torrance in The Shining sequel Doctor Sleep and next year’s Harley Quinn spinoff, Birds of Prey.
In an interview with the Sun last year, McGregor’s Star Wars co-star Hayden Christensen said he’d too be up for returning to the franchise as Anakin Skywalker.
“Absolutely. I would go back in a heartbeat if it made sense. I kind of feel that (Anakin’s) storyline was fully told, but you never know. They’re going to be making a lot of these movies and you never know.”
In addition to new Star Wars shows, Disney+ is expanding characters from its popular Marvel Cinematic Universe, with new series revolving around characters including Hawkeye, Loki, Scarlet Witch and Vision, and Falcon and Winter Soldier.
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