Ewan McGregor Confirms Obi-Wan Has “Given Up,” Fans Seeing “Broken” Character

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Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi

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Every Star Wars fan is losing it over the official trailer for the Obi-Wan Kenobi streaming series, but Ewan McGregor just killed the mood with his latest Star Wars statement.

Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi
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In just two months, Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen are returning to the Star Wars universe, reprising their iconic Star Wars characters in the Obi-Wan Kenobi limited series. The new Star Wars story begins ten years after the dramatic events of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005).

McGregor first appeared as the titular character in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999) and Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002) — taking the role from icon Alec Guinness after his appearances in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977) and the original trilogy.

Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi
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Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) are officially back. In the new trailer, fans noticed an overwhelming amount of revolutionary Star Wars details that are setting up this Skywalker Saga addition to being a masterpiece:

Returning to the twin suns under Tatooine, fans pick up where Order 66 left off. Jedi Master Ben Kenobi is seen concealing his identity in the dark, gritty city streets of Daiyu, a brand new planet teased in the trailer and watching over a young Luke Skywalker pretending to pod race on his moisture farm as a child.

“The rematch of the century” teased by Kathleen Kennedy, director Deborah Chow, and Lucasfilm will be supported by Moses Ingram (Inquisitor Reva), Joel Edgerton (Uncle Owen), Bonnie Piesse (Beru Lars), Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell, and Benny Safdie.

Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi
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Obi-Wan Kenobi has seen his Master, Jedi Knight Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson), murdered before him, the Jedi Order executed by Order 66, his love, Duchess Satine Kryze, killed by his foe Darth Maul (Ray Park/Sam Witwer), and his Padawan and best friend, someone who he considered a “brother,” Anakin Skywalker, fall to the dark side and left him for dead on Mustafar.

Through all of that and the toil of the Clone Wars, Kenobi is a changed man, a different person than fans last saw in Revenge of the Sith and The Clone Wars.

Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi
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Ewan McGregor just changed how fans will see his beloved Star Wars character, revealing to Entertainment Weekly that this version of Kenobi is “broken” and “faithless”:

“We find Obi-Wan at the beginning of our story rather broken, and faithless, and beaten, somewhat given up.”

Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi
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Much like Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine character in Logan (2017), every Star Wars fan is going to see a defeated, downtrodden version of their beloved super galactic hero.

Inquisitors are on the hunt for Kenobi and all remnants of the Jedi Order, and they intend to draw them out by enticing there will protect the defenseless. As a result, Kenobi will undoubtedly be faced with protecting an innocent life with his glowing blue lightsaber or letting them die at the hands of a ruthless steward of Sith Lord Darth Vader’s will for Emporer Palpatine.

Sung Kang as the Fifth Brother Grand Inquisitor
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Kenobi has decades’ worth of turmoil built up, causing him great deals of remorse and terror nightmares in Star Wars comics, including heart-wrenching memories of Anakin Skywalker and his fall to the dark side.

Nonetheless, fans are in for one of the most significant pieces of Star Wars media since Revenge of the Sith.

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The story begins ten years after the dramatic events of “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith,” where Obi-Wan Kenobi faced his most significant defeat—the downfall and corruption of his best friend and Jedi apprentice, Anakin Skywalker, who turned to the dark side as evil Sith Lord Darth Vader.

Inquisitor and Stormtroopers on Daiyu in 'Obi-Wan Kenobi'
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McGregor recently stated that the most “annoying” part of returning to his Star Wars role was that he knew the series was happening years before Lucasfilm even announced its development in 2019:

“That was annoying. Every interview I ever did for, you know, years, people would say, ‘Well, are the rumors true?’ And I’d have to sort of, I’d have to lie. I’d have to say, ‘Well, you know, I don’t know. I’d be happy to play him one day again.’”

obi-wan kenobi on tatooine at sunset
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The series stars Ewan McGregor, reprising his role as the iconic Jedi Master, and marks Hayden Christensen’s return in the part of Darth Vader. Joining the cast are Moses Ingram, Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell, and Benny Safdie.

Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Tatooine desert
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The world of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Darth Vader (James Earl Jones), Jedi Master Yoda (Frank Oz), Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein), Darth Maul (Ray Parker), Anakin Skywalker (Boba Fett (Jeremy Bulloch/Temura Morrison), Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor), Jedi Knight Grogu (AKA “Baby Yoda”), Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff)Koska Reeves (Sasha Banks), Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen), and Moff Gideon’s (Giancarlo Esposito) the Millennium Falcon, the Death Star, and the Clone War.

Within the Star Wars franchise, Lucasfilm is moving past Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) or the controversial Rian Johnson Star Wars film The Last Jedi (2018) as we dive into the Old Republic or explore new realities of the Star Wars universe with each new TV show or the upcoming Star Wars game like Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order 2 or Star Wars Eclipse.

owen and beru lars with baby luke skywalker
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“Obi-Wan Kenobi” is directed by Deborah Chow and executive-produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Deborah Chow, Ewan McGregor, and Joby Harold.

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