‘Star Wars’: Ewan McGregor Talks Playing Obi-Wan Closer To Alec Guinness’ Age

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Ewan McGregor is looking forward to playing Obi-Wan Kenobi at an age closer to how old Alec Guinness portrayed the character in 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope.

While promoting his new film Doctor Sleep, Ewan McGregor was asked about his highly-anticipated return to the Star Wars universe as Obi-Wan Kenobi in a new standalone series. Ewan McGregor expressed his excitement regarding his long-awaited return, particularly emphasizing the prospect of playing the character closer to Alec Guinness’ age.

Here’s what Ewan McGregor told comicbook.com regarding his return:

“What’s exciting for me to play him now is that I’m that much closer… The most exciting thing before was trying to play a younger Alec Guinness. To study Alec Guinness’ work and his performance in Star Wars and then try and feel like I was the younger version of him. That and the sword fights were pretty good fun to learn, as well. This time, I’m just going to be that much closer to him in age and it will be interesting to do that. The story takes place, you know when the story takes place. So, it’s quite interesting.”

When Star Wars: A New Hope was filmed, Alec Guinness was 63. As of today, Ewan McGregor is 48.

Back in August, Lucasfilm officially confirmed their worst-kept secret: the fact that Ewan McGregor would be reprising his role as young Obi-Wan Kenobi in an upcoming series for Disney+. The series will take place between the events of the Prequel Trilogy and the Original Trilogy. In Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, we see  Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan bring baby Luke Skywalker to his Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru on Tatooine. Chronologically, we then see the character years later portrayed by Alec Guinness as an old hermit who had since adopted the name Ben Kenobi.

Alec Guinness’ Obi-Wan also appeared in animated form in Star Wars Rebels voiced by Stephen Stanton.

Are you excited to see Ewan McGregor play Obi-Wan at an age closer to Alec Guinness as seen in the original trilogy? Sound off in the comments below.

Directed by Deborah Chow from scripts written by Hossein Amini, Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi series is just one of three officially announced Star Wars shows for Disney+. The Mandalorian is set to debut on the streaming service on November 12 with stars Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Carl Weathers, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog, and Nick Nolte. The series was written by Jon Favreau, who also serves as an executive producer alongside Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy, and Colin Wilson. Karen Gilchrist is also on board as a co-executive producer.

An untitled Rogue One: A Star Wars Story prequel centered on Cassian Andor is also in development with Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk reprising their respective roles. The Americans producer Stephen Schiff serves as showrunner and the series is expected to begin filming next year.

Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the Star Wars franchise and Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi series.

Source: comicbook.com

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