Nearly twenty years later, Ewan McGregor is donning his Jedi robes as soon as once more for Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi, a Disney+ restricted sequence that catches up with Outdated Ben 10 years after the occasions of Revenge of the Sith. It’s a dream come true for Star Wars followers who hoped to see how the Jedi Grasp transitioned from foremost Jedi common of the Republic in the course of the Clone Wars to clever outdated hermit dwelling within the distant deserts of Tatooine.
McGregor and Lucasfilm spent years denying that there have been plans to convey Obi-Wan again to the display, so its very surreal to see a brand new sequence kick off filming in LA this month. Obi-Wan Kenobi is now capturing on the identical soundstages used for The Mandalorian (which is reportedly why the third season of the latter present gained’t premiere till late 2022).
With filming commenced, it’s no shock that photographs from the set have already leaked on-line. Not solely has McGregor been noticed in costume as Obi-Wan however we even have our first take a look at among the villains of the sequence. Under, you possibly can see the primary Imperial officer and stormtrooper photographed from the set:
Sure, it does appear like Indira Varma (Game of Thrones) is enjoying the officer, though Lucasfilm hasn’t formally introduced her character but. In truth, the one different character confirmed for the present up to now is Darth Vader himself, with Hayden Christensen set to return because the Sith lord. So far as Varma’s officer is worried, she could possibly be stationed on Tatooine, the place we all know at the very least a part of the sequence will happen, or she is perhaps serving at Vader’s aspect, a high-ranking Imperial making an attempt to not get on the Sith’s unhealthy aspect.
McGregor lately confirmed that he can be performing alongside Imperial stormtroopers for the primary time, an expertise he described as making him really feel “six years old again.”
“I used to be feeling like I used to be six once more or one thing, as a result of I’m so shut to at least one and I acquired a fright, you understand? So loopy,” he continues. “Then I requested somebody, ‘Had been there stormtroopers in my movies?’ As a result of I don’t assume I’ve seen a stormtrooper for actual earlier than. They had been like ‘No, they weren’t stormtroopers; they had been clones.’ And Jawas, I had one other scene with a bit Jawa.”
Certainly, whereas McGregor has been on set along with his justifiable share of Republic clone troopers, he’s by no means shared the display with the Empire, which got here into energy on the tail finish of Revenge of the Sith, simply as Obi-Wan was making ready for his fateful duel with Anakin on Mustafar. Everyone knows how that conflict of brothers ended.
However with McGregor and Christensen again within the galaxy far, distant, might Obi-Wan Kenobi construct as much as a rematch between grasp and apprentice? There’s definitely nothing in canon stopping them from dueling once more. Whereas it’s lengthy been assumed that Obi-Wan and Vader by no means crossed paths once more till A New Hope, the years between the Prequel and Unique Trilogies have at all times been storytelling grey areas with regards to these two characters. That’s 19 in-universe years wherein Obi-Wan and Vader might have fought once more earlier than their closing confrontation on the Demise Star. It’s definitely the second Star Wars followers might be ready for whereas watching the brand new sequence.
For now, it’s simply good to see McGregor again in costume, which is evidently a intently guarded secret…as secret as Jedi robes actually may be, contemplating they principally look the identical throughout eras. McGregor has additionally grown out his hair for the position, which hopefully means we gained’t must see him in an terrible wig like within the closing third of Attack of the Clones.
Rounding out the forged are Moses Ingram, Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Kumail Nanjiani, Rupert Pal, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell, and Benny Safdie. The Mandalorian veteran Deborah Chow is directing the brand new sequence.
Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi premieres on Disney+ in 2022.
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