Ewan McGregor is Open to Being Obi-Wan Again

By June 23, 2015

Although the Star Wars prequel trilogy regularly gets a lot of flak from both diehard and more casual fans of the saga, very little of that derision is leveled toward Ewan McGregor’s portrayal as the younger Obi-Wan Kenobi. From a brash and eager Jedi Padawan under Qui-Gon Jinn in The Phantom Menace, McGregor had to mold his characterization of Kenobi based on the future the character will have in the original Star Wars film. By the time Revenge of the Sith was released in 2005, few could challenge just how right for the role the Scottish actor was. Now, it looks like he may be ready to return to the Star Wars universe.

According to Yahoo! Movies, McGregor spoke about the possibility of returning to the role of Obi-Wan while at the Edinburgh Film Festival in Scotland this past weekend. He said,

I’d be happy to do the story from episodes three where I finish up and Alec Guinness [who played the older "Ben" Kenobi in the original Star Wars Trilogy] starts.

If you’ll recall, the end of Revenge of the Sith sees Obi-Wan leave the infant Luke Skywalker with his family on Tatooine, his Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru, who are related to Luke based on his grandmother’s marriage to Owen’s father. Owen and Beru then take Luke as their own and raise him. When the story picks up 19 years later in the original Star Wars film, Luke is a teenager living on his Uncle’s farm, and Obi-Wan has taken the name “Ben,” watching over Luke from afar to make sure no danger comes to him.

It would be hard to argue that those intervening 19 years could make a very interesting story if it was one that Disney was interested in telling. As for McGregor, he seems to be anxiously awaiting the release of this December’s seventh installment in the saga, The Force Awakens. On that film, he said,

It’s not a fanatical thing. I’m really pleased I’m part of the legacy of it and happy to see it and I’ve seen the trailer and it looks like they’ve absolutely nailed it.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18th, and Disney has only announced one of two in-development “Anthologies” films, which is titled Rogue One and deals with the theft of the Death Star plans. For more Star Wars news as it develops, keep it locked on GeekNation!

Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.