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Kumail Nanjiani Shares He Was Intimidated While Filming Obi-Wan Kenobi

Kumail Nanjiani is going to have a bigger screen presence with his upcoming MCU debut in the Eternals. He portrays one of the titular characters in Kingo. But this is not the only movie franchise he is joining. He will also join the space saga with the upcoming Star Wars Disney+ series. And he recalls how he was intimidated on the sets of Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Obi-Wan Kenobi: What to Expect?

Kumail Nanjiani Intimidated at Obi-Wan Kenobi Filming
Obi-Wan Kenobi Poster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Giving the persistent rumors a rest, it was finally announced that Ewan McGregor will reprise his role in the Disney+ series. The project was confirmed at D23 Expo 2019 but no further details were revealed. However, more concrete information about the series was given in Disney’s Investor Day 2020.

The plot of the series will be set 10 years after the events of Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith. And Hayden Christensen will return as DarthVader for the series. This sets up the premise for a rematch for former allies.

Kumail Nanjiani in Obi-Wan Kenobi

Kumail Nanjiani at D23 Expo
Kumail Nanjiani at D23 Expo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Disney+ series will introduce a group of new characters. And Kumail Nanjiani will be playing one of them. Not much is known about Nanjiani’s role. However, in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, he recalls the moments when he was intimidated while sharing screen space with Ewan McGregor. He also shares that just like him, his character is also intimidated by the Jedi Master.

“I’d heard Ewan [McGregor] was super nice. And then we got to know each other a little bit, just hanging out and talking. Then there was this weird moment where I’m talking to Ewan and they yell ‘Action,’ and he’d started talking to me, and I was like, ‘Oh, I’m talking to Obi-Wan right now. This is not Ewan McGregor. This is Obi-Wan Kenobi that I’m talking to.’ My character is supposed to be a little bit intimidated by him, and I was a little bit intimidated. You know, it’s fucking Obi-Wan, what are you gonna do?”

Kumail Nanjiani Intimidated Filming Obi-Wan Kenobi
Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nanjiani didn’t give any more details about his character. However, we now know that his character will share a scene with Obi-Wan. This also allows fans to speculate where the meeting will take place. A long-standing assumption says that Obi-Wan never left Tatooine, so chances are Nanjiani’s character and the Jedi Master meet on the sand planet. Also, the aloof and enigmatic nature of the titular character might have unnerved him.

During the interview, Nanjiani didn’t mention anything about meeting Christensen. So, maybe they might not have any scenes together in the movie. But one thing’s for sure, fans will be thrilled to see this encounter.

Written by Aditi Thosar