Obi-Wan Kenobi actor Ewan McGregor reflected on how the Star Wars Prequels have received greater appreciation over the years.
Lucasfilm has been owned by Disney for nearly a decade now, and prior to the acquisition, many fans were still debating the merits of the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy. Since 1999, fans have expressed some passionate disdain for George Lucas’ Episodes I-III, whether it’d be due to low-quality performances, poor dialogue, or over-reliance on VFX. However, the kids that were brought up on those films have since grown up, and acclaim surrounding this era of the franchise has arisen over the years, especially in response to the polarizing Sequel Trilogy. In fact, one of the most-praised elements of the Prequels is the performance of one Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Ewan McGregor is set to return to reprise his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in an event series of the same name on Disney Plus. The actor recently made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, in which he reflected on the initial mixed-to-negative fan response to the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy, while sharing his gratitude for the newfound appreciation the era has had in recent years:
“It was tricky at the time. They weren’t overwhelmingly embraced by everybody when they came out, our prequels. It was nice to watch them now knowing that people love them. That the kids who we made them for at the time — they loved those films a lot. It was nice to watch them with that sense.”
Here is the synopsis for the new Star Wars series, Obi-Wan Kenobi:
During the reign of the Galactic Empire, former Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi embarks on a crucial mission. Kenobi must confront allies turned enemies and face the wrath of the Empire.
Directed by Deborah Chow from Joby Harold’s scripts, the series stars Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen, Moses Ingram, Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell, and Benny Safdie. The series will also see the return of legendary Star Wars composer John Williams, who scored a theme.
Obi-Wan Kenobi will hit Disney Plus on May 27, 2022. Stay tuned for all the latest news on the upcoming series, the future of the Star Wars franchise, and subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.