Obi-Wan Kenobi star Ewan McGregor has opened up on the reactions people had to the Star Wars prequels.
Way back in 1999, Ewan McGregor made his debut in a galaxy far far away in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace and went on to reprise the role for the sequels, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. At the time of their release, the films, while box office hits, were not particularly well-received by fans. Criticism has been thrown at the acting, writing, and special effects, and were even used as a jumping-off platform to attack George Lucas’ previous works. This, however, has changed.
As the generation that saw the films in theaters as kids grew up, the Star Wars prequels seemed to go through a pop-cultural reevaluation. Earlier this month Ewan McGregor talked about the delayed appreciation the films seem to have received. In a more recent press report conference, McGregor echoed these sentiments, speaking on how it was received when it was released and spoke about his own personal relationship with the franchise:
“They were not seemingly well received. There was no social media there was no direct avenue to the fans at the time. The fans were kids. When the first film came out [in 1977] … I was 6 or 7 when it came out. I’ll never forget that feeling and how my relationship with Star Wars, all those original first three films, that’s one of the crazy things about being in Star Wars at all … Once those kids who were my age when the prequels came grew up a bit and I was able to meet them, I started hearing that people really liked them and they started to understand why I thought people didn’t like them when they came out … It’s nice to be here.”.
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 regarding the future of the franchise and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.