‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Star Finally Confirms New Season of Fan-Favorite TV Show

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Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi

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Ewan McGregor, the Emmy Award-winning actor perhaps best known for his work on the George Lucas-helmed Star Wars Prequel Trilogy, recently offered an exciting update on one of his popular TV series — though he wasn’t able to confirm the happy news just yet.

Ewan McGregor (left) and Kathleen Kennedy (right) at D23 Expo
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There are few actors working in Hollywood today who have as varied a portfolio as Ewan McGregor, who’s risen to international superstardom over the years thanks to his roles in buzzy projects like Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rogue (2001), Tim Burton’s Big Fish (2003), Disney’s Christopher Robin (2018), and more recently, DC Studios’ hyperviolent Birds of PreyAnd the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn (2020).

Above all else, however, McGregor’s leading role in the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy as the affectionally dubbed “Space Jesus” himself, Obi-Wan Kenobi, has cemented him as a beloved fixture of pop culture. The stoic Jedi Master, who was originated onscreen by Sir Alec Guinness in 1977’s Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope, remains an all-time fan-favorite character today, prompting Lucasfilm to create his own Disney+ miniseries, Obi-Wan Kenobi, in 2022.

Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: Episode III- Revenge of the Sith
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Picking up ten years after Anakin Skywalker’s (Hayden Christensen) fall to the Dark Side in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005), the series follows the titular Jedi Master as he lives out his days in hiding as a hermit on the desert planet of Tatooine. However, when his old friend, Bail Organa (Jimmy Smits), calls on Obi-Wan to help with a crucial rescue mission involving a young Princess Leia (Vivien Lyra Blair), he must bury his fears and confront his dark past head-on.

Although the miniseries was a mixed bag with Star Wars fans, McGregor and Christensen’s triumphant returns to the franchise after 17 years were cause enough for celebration. Still, following its release on Disney+ last year, there’s been no word from director Deborah Chow and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy on if fans can expect a second season, with the latter having previously confirmed that Obi-Wan Kenobi Season 2 was “not in active development.”

Ewan McGregor's Obi-Wan fighting Darth Vader
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McGregor has been more than open about his willingness to reprise the title role in Season 2, with Chow telling The Hollywood Reporter back in August that “he was already pitching me ideas for Season 2” the moment cameras stopped rolling on Season 1, adding, “there’s another ten years with plenty of stories, and I don’t think it’s off the board. It is a ‘never say never’ situation, but we really did conceive this to be a limited series.”

Unsatisfying as it might be for those eager to see Obi-Wan’s adventures on Tatooine continue for another season, it sounds like we’ll just have to wait and see. But until then, the Scottish actor recently shared an optimistic update about another one of his popular TV endeavors: his long-running travel series, Long Way.

Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi on Daiyu
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Kicking off in 2004 with Long Way Around, the series, which originally aired on Sky One, documents the 19,000-mile cross-continental motorcycle journey of McGregor and his best friend, Charley Boorman, trekking across Europe, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, and Russia, across the Pacific to Alaska, then down through Canada, before landing back in the US.

A sequel, appropriately titled Long Way Down, followed in 2007, with the pair starting in Scotland before traveling south through eighteen countries in Europe and Africa, all the way to Cape Town in South Africa. The six-episode series was broadcast on BBC Two before, similar to its predecessor, it was added to Apple TV+ in 2020.

More recently, McGregor and Boorman reunited after more than a decade since their last motorbike adventure around the world for 2020’s Long Way Up, covering 13,000 miles over 100 days through 16 border crossings and 13 countries through the landscapes of South and Central America. And now, three years later, it sounds like fans of the series can look forward to watching yet another awe-inspiring journey in the not-so-distant future.

During his panel at the recent FAN EXPO San Francisco, McGregor was asked about the future of his Long Way series, to which he provided a coy but optimistic answer. In the video, uploaded to X (the platform formerly known as Twitter) by user @ewansobi, you can vaguely make out McGregor responding “yes” and giving a thumbs-up, joking that he could “probably talk about it at the next [con],” and that fans should “watch the space” in the time being:

ANOTHER LONG WAY SERIES CONFIRMED

While disgruntled Star Wars fans might be disappointed to learn that Obi-Wan Kenobi still hasn’t been green-lit for a follow-up season (to our knowledge, at least), this is surely exciting news for fans of the Long Way series, given just how long they’ve had to wait between seasons in the past.

With two seasons coming to Apple TV+ within, presumably, a few years of each other, one can only wonder where in the world McGregor and Boorman are planning on jetting off to next. Ultimately, the actor seemed more than eager to discuss the project at FAN EXPO — even if he has to keep the specifics under wraps for now — suggesting that yet another great adventure lies ahead.

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