Since Disney’s purchase of LucasFilm in 2012, Star Wars fans have shouted from the rooftops that they have wanted an Ewan McGregor reprisal of Obi-Wan Kenobi. It has been rumored for years as an anthology film or a trilogy but was confirmed at long last as a TV show coming to Disney+ this year at D23.
In a recent interview with Men’s Journal, Mcgregor revealed that he is the most excited about the project. “It’s a massive relief,” he said. “Because for four years, I’ve been having to lie to people about it.”
So, it appears after years of being asked whether he would be interested in playing the character again, he was going to the whole time. Disney had plans to make this into a film but after the announcement of Disney+, clearly saw TV as a better option. “The storyline sits between Episode III and Episode IV,” Mcgregor said.
Yet, having to keep his mouth shut wasn’t the only information he revealed about the series. He revealed that the series will span a total of six episodes each running one hour-long. He mentioned, “I’m not allowed to tell you anything about it,” but did talk about Obi-Wan’s mindset a bit.
“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 fact that all the Jedi were slaughtered with the end of Episode III. It’s quite something to get over,” he stated.
It was reported on September 27, that the TV show would be directed and overseen by Deborah Chow who has an impressive resume. She has worked on shows such as The Mandalorian, American Gods, Better Call Saul, Lost in Space, Jessica Jones, and Mr Robot. The show will also be written by Hossein Amini who is known for adapting scripts which could mean the show will be directly based off the film script they had.
The show is meant to take place eight years after the end of Revenge of the Sith which would place Obi-Wan on Tatooine watching over an eight year old Luke Skywalker. “I want to get closer and closer to how Obi-Wan felt while Alec Guinness was playing him,” said the 48-year-old actor. “I feel like I’m grayer and nearer him in age, so it’ll be easier to do that.”
After years of speculation, begging, praying and hoping for McGregor to put his Jedi robe back on, Star Wars fans can take a sigh of relief. They can now go from speculating on whether this is going to happen to what is going to happen in the show.
Disney+ releases November 12th across multiple streaming platforms and Star Wars fans can begin streaming the first of its TV show’s The Mandalorian upon its release.