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Ewan McGregor finally CONFIRMED to return as Obi-Wan Kenobi

Posted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 7:59 pm
by CWS has reported that Ewan McGregor has signed a contract to reprise his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in an upcoming live-action series for Disney+. wrote:Ewan McGregor Confirmed to Return as Obi-Wan Kenobi for Disney+ Series

By Jenna Anderson - August 15, 2019 08:26 pm EDT

The Star Wars franchise hasn't seen the last of Obi-Wan Kenobi. On Thursday, Deadline confirmed that Ewan McGregor is set to reprise his role in a currently-untitled series for the Disney+ streaming service. The Hollywood Reporter's Borys Kit reports that the series could span six or eight episodes. Fans had already begun to speculate that McGregor would be returning to the franchise, after a report from Cinelinx claimed he had signed a contract to do so.

This comes after years of rumors and speculation have hinted at Lucasfilm further exploring Obi-Wan's story in some form or fashion. An Obi-Wan movie was believed to be put into development in May of 2018, with Stephen Daldry being brought on to potentially direct. Months later, McGregor himself squashed that reporting, hinting that there were "no plans" for it to happen at that time.

“I would totally do it, of course,” the actor shared in a television appearance in August of 2018. “There’s no plans as such to do it, as far as I know... There must be a good story to tell as they’re doing spin-offs – there’s likely to be a good Obi-Wan between me and Alec Guinness."

This new Obi-Wan series would be the third Star Wars project to be officially made for Disney+, which is set to launch on November 12th. The franchise's first live-action television series, The Mandalorian, will be premiere with Disney+'s launch. The Mandalorian is showrun by Jon Favreau, with a cast that includes Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, and Carl Weathers. A second series, which would be a prequel for Rogue One's Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) and K-2SO (Alan Tudyk), is also in the works. Stephen Schiff will serve as that series' showrunner.

While some have clamored for a film spinoff of Obi-Wan's adventures, it sounds like a Disney+ series could explore that part of the Star Wars canon in a new way.

"Almost every movie the studio makes is a $100 million-plus movie, and we're not looking to make movies at that level for the service," Disney CEO Bob Iger said this past January. "We're looking to invest significantly in television series on a per-episode business, and we're looking to make movies that are higher-budget, but nothing like that."

"We wouldn't make a Star Wars movie for this platform," Iger continued. "When everybody goes out on the weekend and you have a movie that opens up to $200 million, there's a buzz that creates that enhances value. We like that. And eventually, the movies we're making are going to [end up on] the service."

This is something that's been on my personal wish list for years, and is (at least potentially) the best Star Wars news I've heard in "a long time...a long time."

Re: Ewan McGregor finally CONFIRMED to return as Obi-Wan Kenobi

Posted: Fri Oct 25, 2019 8:15 pm
by CWS
There are a few new tidbits of info about this series, and they come from McGregor himself.
Gamespot wrote:Ewan McGregor Reveals New Details About Disney Plus Obi-Wan Series
The show will consist of 6 one-hour episodes.

By Mat Elfring | @ImMatElfring on October 25, 2019 at 11:08AM PDT

Disney+'s Obi-Wan Kenobi series won't begin filming until the summer of 2020, but the star of the show, Ewan McGregor, has leaked a few details about it in a recent interview.

It's been 15 years since McGregor appeared as the Jedi master in the Star Wars universe, and now, we know when this show takes place. "The storyline sits between Episode III and Episode IV," McGregor explained to Men's Journal in a recent interview. To be precise, Obi-Wan will take place eight years after Revenge of the Sith and 11 years before A New Hope. "The Jedi Order was falling apart. 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."

McGregor went on to say he has yet to rewatch the movies he starred in since their initial release, but he plans to go back, probably to prepare to take on the role of Obi-Wan once again. "I want to get closer and closer to how Obi-Wan felt while Alec Guinness was playing him," the actor explained. "I feel like I'm grayer and nearer him in age, so it'll be easier to do that."

While McGregor was tight-lipped during the interview, he did reveal that the series will consist of six one hour-long episodes. It's unclear if this is a limited series or if there's room to expand into future seasons.

The future adventures of Obi-Wan have been shrouded in secrecy. At first, it was reported back in 2017 that this would be a feature-length movie, following suit of other standalone Star Wars movies like Rogue One and Solo. However, after Solo's poor performance in theaters, talk of future solo Star Wars adventures has stopped entirely. During D23 this year, Disney confirmed Obi-Wan TV series and that McGregor would be starring. Additionally, The Mandalorian's Deborah Chow will be directing.

Given that Disney+'s Obi-Wan series won't start filming until 2020, so chances are that fans won't be able to watch it until 2021. Don't get too bummed out about the wait as The Mandalorian launches on November 12 on Disney+, and that should be enough to hold you over.
There's one aspect of this that particularly jumps out at me. I can't help but note that McGregor's comments on his approach to Obi-Wan, and trying to gradually sync his performance to that of Alec Guinness, are remarkable in their genuine humility. He's not talking about trying to put his own "mark" on the character (even though he's now played him much longer than Guinness did). Instead, he's concerned with maintaining consistency with what came before.

That's an astonishingly rare attitude these days, especially in the context of Star Wars, and I think it's truly admirable.