It has to be one of the most highly anticipated series to hit Disney’s streaming service but as yet, we have been kept very much in the dark on the ‘Star Wars’ spinoff, ‘Kenobi’. Thanks to Ewan McGregor, fans of the franchise now have a little something to chew on.
While on the press tour for ‘Doctor Sleep’, McGregor confirmed a number of details for the Disney+ series in which he will be reprising his role of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
As previously rumoured, ‘Kenobi’ will, in fact, consist of six hour-long episodes that are set eight years after Episode III. It will focus on the fall-out from the ending of ‘Revenge of the Sith’.
He has also confirmed that the series is due to go into production summer 2020 with Deborah Chow directing from a script by Hossein Amini.
“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 the fact that all the Jedi were slaughtered with the end of Episode III. It’s quite something to get over. I want to get closer and closer to how Obi-Wan felt while Alec Guinness was playing him. I feel like I’m greyer and nearer him in age, so it’ll be easier to do that.”
Initially, the spin-off was meant to be a stand-alone feature, but due to a less than favourable reaction to ‘Solo’ the idea was put on hold.
Ewan McGregor took over from Alec Guinness who played the character in the original trilogy, McGregor debuted in 1999’s ‘The Phantom Menace’ before returning in ‘Attack of the Clones’ (2002) and ‘Revenge of the Sith’ (2005). He also lent his voice to ‘The Force Awakens’ in Rey’s “force dream”.
The Obi-Wan series would be the third live-action ‘Star Wars’ show on Disney+ alongside Jon Favreau’s ‘The Mandalorian’ and one based on Cassian Andor in which Diego Luna will reprise his role.
McGregor won the hearts of audiences starring in his first award-winning role in TV in ‘Fargo’ where he played twin brothers Emmit and Ray Stussy. On the film front, McGregor will soon be seen in the upcoming ‘The Shining’ follow up ‘Doctor Sleep’, He will also play the DC villain Black Mask in the film ‘Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn).’ His other notable film roles include ‘Trainspotting,’ ‘Moulin Rouge,’ and ‘Black Hawk Down.’