The highly anticipated Obi-Wan Kenobi series starring Ewan McGregor that will be coming to Disney+ continues to move forward. It will begin filming in March 2021. The news comes from McGregor himself. Titled Kenobi, the show will be a single series event that will explore what happened with Obi-Wan Kenobi between the events of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.
McGregor shared the news on The Graham Norton Show. During the interview, he shared that things are about to really get going. “We start shooting in March of next year,” McGregor told Norton and added with a laugh, “It’s not all me, but it certainly will be a lot of me—which is good.”
McGregor also shared about Sir Alec Guinness, who originated the role and catching up with his age. “The fun thing about doing them in the first place when I was much younger,” he said, “was trying to imagine Alec Guinness. How would he play these scenes as a younger guy? And it led me to watch a lot of his early work, which I hadn’t seen before… and I had such a great time just sort of studying him in those movies.” This time, McGregor continued, “I’m much closer in age to him, and it will be my challenge to sort of meet him somewhere… I love Alec Guinness. I never got to meet him but I love him through his work, and it’s a great honor to sort of try and pretend to be him but younger.”
Kenobi has been saddled with delays over story concerns. With the success of season one of The Mandalorian, it is now recognized that Star Wars can be done very well for television. The story challenges have also been apparently overcome with the news that the show is moving forward.
Obi-Wan Kenobi first appeared in the original Star Wars movie and was portrayed by Sir Alec Guinness. Ewan McGregor took over the role when George Lucas created the prequel trilogy. McGregor was generally recognized as one of the highlights of these three films. This series will connect some more dots between the original trilogy and the prequel trilogy. It would not be surprising if there are also connections with other parts of the Star Wars universe as well.
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