Is this Force with Ewan McGregor again? The actor, who played young Obi-Wan Kenobi in the ‘Star Wars’ prequels could be returning to the franchise for the new films! Ewan himself weighed in on the shocking, exciting report.
What better way to celebrate the Star Wars 40th anniversary than with this news? Nothing’s set in stone, but there’s a chance that Ewan McGregor could return to the upcoming Star Wars films. As for if he’s in the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which drops in December 2017, it’s unclear. The cast and crew are doing one hell of job hiding that secret if he’s reprised his role as the great Obi-Wan Kenobi! Ewan, who took on the daunting task of playing young Obi-Wan Kenobi, originated by the legendary, late Alex Guinness, in the prequel films, is definitely down to play him again!
“There’s no official offer, and I haven’t met [with Lucasfilm, the Star Wars production company] about it or anything,” Ewan told Entertainment Weekly in April. “I’ve always said that I’d be happy to do it if they wanted to do it. It would be a good segue between the last episode of the prequels and the new episodes.” He’s ready to play Obi-Wan again, Lucasfilm — where’s his offer?! There’s mounting evidence that that actually may be coming soon…
Marvel allegedly sought Ewan to play Doctor Strange, a role ultimately given to Benedict Cumberbatch in the film of the same name. But they were reportedly stopped from offering Ewan the gig by Disney, which owns both Marvel and Lucasfilm, according to a source who spoke to Fandom. The reason? Disney allegedly wants to keep Ewan over at Lucasfilm! Can you say force ghost?
If Ewan was really going to be in the current batch of Star Wars films, which take place years after the events of Return of the Jedi, it would be in the form of Obi-Wan’s ghost. Spoiler Alert: Darth Vader (David Prouse) kills old Obi-Wan. He did come back to tell Luke (Mark Hamill) that he’s doing pretty well with the whole Jedi thing at one point. Maybe he’ll return to depart wisdom on Kilo Ren (Adam Driver)? Or Rey (Daisy Ridley)? Come on; she’s totally a Jedi!
There’s another, equally exciting theory: Disney’s planning an Obi-Wan Kenobi standalone film. Much like Han Solo is getting his own origin story film, and reportedly Boba Fett sometime down the line, it’s always possible that there could be one focusing on young Ben Kenobi before even meeting Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) in the prequels. The notion of Marvel and Lucasfilm not being able to use the same actor seems a little shaky, as they’ve done that in the past. Mads Mikkelsen had roles in both Rogue One and Doctor Strange, both last year. All we can do at this point is wait for the good news!
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