Ewan McGregor returns as Obi-Wan Kenobi in Disney+ miniseries


For the lucky few, there is a moment in life when past glory repeats itself.

That’s what happened with Ewan McGregor as he returned to his career-defining role as the “Star Wars” Jedi Master in Friday’s Disney+ mini-series “Obi-Wan Kenobi.”

Ewan McGregor returns to the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Disney+ series ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi.’

In the original “Star Wars” trilogy that began in 1977, Obi-Wan was first realized by Alec Guinness. McGregor, who is also an executive producer on this series, played a younger Obi-wan in the “Star Wars” prequel trilogy (1999-2005).  At the time the series was criticized, but with the passing of time it’s been embraced.

“One of the difficult things of being in the prequels, they were not seemingly well received. There was no social media. There was no direct avenue to the kids,” McGregor, 51, explained in a global virtual press conference last week.

“When the first film came out (in ’77), I was 6 or 7. I was the little kid playing it. That’s one of the crazy things about being in ‘Star Wars’ now — I’m in it.”

McGregor credits fans and curious journalists with making this series a reality.

“I met fans and heard they really liked the prequels. It meant a lot to me. The ‘Star Wars’ fans are amazingly passionate, the strongest fans in the world. To make an Obi-Wan series, when there was such a hunger, is such an exciting feeling.

“But it was a very long, slow process of coming back to playing him. It was born of: I was just asked a lot. At the end of every interview I was asked, Would I do Obi-Wan again? I just started answering honestly: Yes, I would.

“Then Disney asked me to a meeting; they heard I was saying I’d like to play Obi-Wan again. It was like I was trolling for work. But I said yes, I’d love to play him again if there was a good story. We ended up with a brilliant story that will satisfy the fans.”

McGregor had last played the Jedi in 2003. Stepping back into his past was an emotional journey.  After months of fight training, including lightsaber drills, but before filming began, he visited “The Mandalorian” set, where he found a Jedi outfit.

“Putting it on was crazy. Walking onto the set was crazy. There are so many ‘Star Wars’ fans on the crew that you could hear the gasp. It was other worldly.”

McGregor had, in a wonderful way, stepped back in time. Now, decades later, closer in age to Guinness, “Playing him,” he decided, “was easy. He was ready to come out.”

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