According to a new rumor from Cinelinx, Ewan McGregor has signed on to reprise his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in an upcoming Star Wars project.
Cinelinx’s Jordan Maison reports that two separate sources have confirmed that talks for Ewan McGregor to return as Obi-Wan Kenobi have gone as far as the actor signing a contract for a new Star Wars project. Maison also reports that the Obi-Wan Kenobi project is likely a Disney+ series.
Maison also speculates that with Ewan McGregor potentially signing on to return as Anakin Skywalker’s Jedi Master, the actor might make an appearance at next week’s D23 Expo to officially announce that the new Obi-Wan Kenobi series is officially coming.
Ewan McGregor’s return as Obi-Wan Kenobi has reportedly been in development at Lucasfilm for quite sometime ever since George Lucas sold the company to Disney back in 2012. In fact, Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot; Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close) was circling to direct the project as a Star Wars Story film. But following the underperformance of Solo: A Star Wars Story at the box office, it was announced that Lucasfilm was putting those theatrical standalone outings in carbonite for the time being.
If an Obi-Wan Kenobi series on Disney+ is confirmed, that would be the second live-action Star Wars series confirmed for the upcoming streaming service. Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian is set to premiere on Disney+ this November.
Critical/fan reception to the Star Wars prequel trilogy was mixed, but many agreed that Ewan McGregor’s portrayal as Obi-Wan Kenobi was a highlight, with many seeing it as worthy to the legacy of the late Alec Guinness. Ewan McGregor himself has expressed a desire to return to the franchise in a new capacity.
Ewan McGregor contributed his voice as Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: The Force Awakens during the scene in which Rey (Daisy Ridley) finds Luke Skywalker’s old Lightsaber.
Are you excited about the possibility that Ewan McGregor will reprise his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi? How do you think the future of Star Wars will look like after The Mandalorian premieres and when The Rise of Skywalker concludes the 9-episode Skywalker Saga this Christmas? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to continue following Heroic Hollywood for all the latest news from the galaxy far, far away.
Here is the synopsis for the upcoming series, The Mandalorian:
After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.
The Mandalorian will be available exclusively on Disney+ on November 12, 2019.