Star Wars fans were dealt a shred of disappointment in learning that the long-anticipated Obi-Wan Kenobi series scheduled for Disney+ faced rewrites and potential delays. But one person who remains optimistic about the project is the series lead actor, Ewan McGregor.
“There are scripts that I’ve read that are really good. They’re continuing to write on them to make them even better,” he said. “I’m excited about it.” McGregor also confirmed that the show, Kenobi, is still in pre-production with filming set to begin early next year.
After Alec Guinness originated the role in A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and The Return of the Jedi, Ewan McGregor was hired to play a younger version of Guinness’ character for George Lucas’ prequel trilogy: Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Episode II: Attack of the Clones, and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.
But it was McGregor that would truly develop and come to embody the character of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Since all other interpretations of Obi-Wan Kenobi stem from before A New Hope, they have all been made in the continual likeness of McGregor. And while other voice actors have tried to imitate McGregor’s voice and acting style through the animates series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and briefly in Star Wars: Rebels, fans have longed to see the original young Kenobi come back to the franchise. We will see that happen soon enough.
It appears that the central problem for the delay continues to come down to the script and story. But Kenobi is not the only Lucasfilm project where the script satisfaction is causing delays. Kathleen Kennedy told BBC that the fifth installment of Indiana Jones was also held up because people weren’t happy with the script. Indy 5 is still set to be released on July 9, 2021.
What do you think about the Obi-Wan Kenobi series? Are you still excited about it? What stories are you hoping to see told? Let us know in the comments!