Ewan McGregor is finally set to return to the Star Wars universe in the form of an Obi-Wan Kenobi, Disney+ series. The show is set to start shooting next year. In an interview with Men’s Journal, McGregor goes on about how much of a relief it is that he doesn’t have to keep the secret anymore “Because for four years, I’ve been having to lie to people about it.”
He also went on to say that the show takes place between Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode 4 – A New Hope which Disney had already confirmed that the show would take place 8 years after Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.
He went on to give one small story point, “the Jedi Order was falling apart. It will be interesting to take a character we know in a way and show him-Well, his arc will be quite interesting, I think dealing with the fact that all the Jedi were slaughtered with the end of Episode III. It’s quite something to get over.” Which makes it appear that Obi-Wan might be suffering from some sort of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) after Order 66 wiped out all the Jedi Episode III.
In regards to now playing an Obi-Wan Kenobi that is only a little ways away from the one portrayed by Alec Guiness in 1977, he said, ”I want to get closer and closer to how Obi-Wan felt while Alec Guinness was playing him. I feel like I’m grayer and nearer to him in age, so it’ll be easier to do that.” This will be Ewan McGregor’s first time putting on the Jedi robes since Episode III which was filmed about 15 years ago. He also had an uncredited voice acting role in Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, reprising his Obi-Wan role.
He also confirmed the rumor that the series would take place over six episodes, each at an hour long. It was also previously revealed that the series or at the very least, the pilot episode, would be directed by Deborah Chow, who recently finished directing two episodes of The Mandalorian. She will also executive produce the series as well.
Kathleen Kennedy revealed at D23 over the summer that all the scripts for the first season have been written leaving them ready to start shooting next year. The show will probably be released on Disney+ at the end of 2021. Disney+ launches on November 12th of this year.