How Ewan McGregor convinced Disney to bring back Obi-Wan Kenobi

“It was a very long and very slow process…”

Although he reappeared in an animated version in Clone Wars and in Rebelsit’s been 18 years since we last saw Obi-Wan Kenobi in live-action. This Friday, the new Disney + series brings the Jedi warrior back to the screen, in the guise ofEwan McGregorwhich is not for nothing in this comeback:

“It was a very long and very slow process to get him back” said the Scottish actor during the international press conference held last week, revealing that for two decades, at the end of each interview, “I was asked two things: would I want to do a sequel to Trainspotting and would I want to play again Obi-Wan Kenobi ! It was always the last two questions…After a while I started to answer them honestly.”

He explains that it took him a little time to digest the criticisms, sometimes scathing, collected at the time of the releases of The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones or Revenge of the Sith. It was only after hearing further feedback that McGregor confessed “to have gradually become aware of the affection that the generation for which we had made the prelogy had for these Episodes. Because when we did them, we didn’t hear that… We didn’t really get a positive response. But, little by little, I started to realize that people really liked them and that they meant a lot to this generation. So it made me reconsider my experience and my desire to be in the world of Star Wars.”

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In the wake of his responses to questions from journalists, “Disney asked me to come for a meeting one day“. Ewan McGregor explains that the studio had seen a host of messages and articles, on the networks, in which the Scottish comedian said that he would like to act again Kenobi. “It’s kind of like knocking on their door to get them to recast me in a way.” laughs the actor. “So they asked me if I really meant what I said in these interviews. And I told them yes, that I wanted to play the character again. I told them that in my opinion, there must be a good story to tell between episode III and episode IV! And so that’s what we did. We found one, after a long process of exploring different storylines… In the end, I believe we came up with a brilliant story together, which will satisfy the fans.”

Star Wars: Kenobiin six episodes, is to be seen from this Friday, May 27 on Disney +.

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