Ewan McGregor has confirmed that he will be reprising the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi for a Disney+ series centered around the powerful Jedi, after Variety previously reported that he was in talks for the series.
At Disney’s D23 convention in Anaheim, Calif. this past weekend, Lucasfilm;s Kathleen Kennedy provided more details about the prospective show and McGregor explained why he decided to pick up the light saber once again.
Kennedy made it official to fans at D23 that an Obi-Wan series is coming to Disney+. She brought Ewan McGregor on stage, who begged the question to the room: “Ask me if I’m going to play Obi-Wan,” a question he has received backstage at awards shows and from reporter phone calls.
“We have all the scripts written, and we’re ready to go next year, we can’t wait to start production,” said Kennedy.
McGregor took over the role of Obi-Wan for the Star Wars prequel trilogy two decades ago from the late Alec Guinness. His last live-action appearance was in 2005’s Revenge of the Sith. However, McGregor also lent his voice to Rey’s Force vision in The Force Awakens. Additionally, McGregor hasn’t been shy about his desire to reprise his role.
Two years ago, director Stephen Daldry was supposedly lined up to direct a standalone Obi-Wan film. Unfortunately, the dismal box office performance of Solo: A Star Wars Story put all the spinoff movies on hold.