It had been rumored to high heaven, but Ewan McGregor’s return to Star Wars was confirmed this past August at the D23 Expo. A series primed for the rapidly-approaching Disney+ service, a story covering Obi-Wan’s time as a hermit following the fallout of Episode III and growing up to be a big strong Alec Guinness is a tantalizing prospect for anyone with a fondness for George Lucas’ intergalactic adventures.
Speaking to Men’s Journal, McGregor opened up about his return to the galaxy far, far away, calling the D23 announcement “a fucking massive relief, because for four years, I’ve been having to lie to people about it.”
McGregor confirmed the series to be set in the aftermath of Anakin’s betrayal, and the events of Revenge of the Sith, something that had been heavily rumored (and it sure makes sense), but wasn’t given the confirmation until now. Kenobi’s reconciliation with losing Anakin to evil, and his subsequent destruction of… everything the Jedi stood for, well, that’s drama if I’ve heard of it.
Playing an older take on the character than he’s used to, McGregor said he was eager to “get closer and closer to how Obi-Wan felt while Alec Guinness was playing him. I feel like I’m grayer and nearer him in age, so it’ll be easier to do that.” He also confirmed the series, still without a title, to be a six-part series, with each episode an hour in length.
With scripts from Hossein Amini (Drive) and Deborah Chow (The Mandalorian) directing, and a shoot planned for next year, expect to hear more about Obi-Wan’s post-padawan adventures in 2020.