Obi-Wan Kenobi is next in line for Star Wars on Disney+. The first two episodes of the series will be released on Friday, May 27 and will follow Ewan McGregor's Obi-Wan after the events of Revenge of the Sith. As one of the only Jedi that survived Order 66, Kenobi will be hunted by Hayden Christensen's Darth Vader and his Inquisitors as he watches over a young Luke Skywalker on Tatooine.
Directed by Deborah Chow, Obi-Wan Kenobi is being treated as a six-episode limited series that finally showcases what the character was up to during the 19-year period between the prequels and the original trilogy. Chow teased that the series will feature "some surprises" when it comes to character appearances and that the show was written to have "a beginning, middle, and end."
McGregor began expressing interest in returning to the world of Star Wars long before the official announcement of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Now that he is officially back in the role, the actor has gotten the chance to talk about what it has been like, as well as if he would like to continue playing the character.
Ewan McGregor Still Wants to Play Obi-Wan
Ahead of the release of Obi-Wan Kenobi on Disney+, Ewan McGregor talked about the experience that he had with returning to the galaxy far, far away in an interview with Total Film, via GamesRadar.
The actor stated that he would "be totally up" to returning once again as the Jedi Master in the future and jokingly mentioned "knocking at Disney's door:"
"If we were to get an opportunity to do it again, I’d be totally up for that. Here I go again. It’s like me knocking at Disney’s door again!"
McGregor then praised the project as a whole, saying that "it was nice to come back" and that he "got as much, or more" out of the experience as he did during the prequel trilogy:
"It was nice to come back and to bridge that gap between me and Alec Guinness. I got as much, or more, out of playing him this time than I did in the first three movies put together. That’s to do with the writing, and the people we were making the series with, and the technology, and how different everything is."
Are There More Stories for Obi-Wan?
The time gap between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope is the only missing piece when it comes to completing Obi-Wan's story. When viewers first meet him in The Phantom Menace, he is still a Padawan to Liam Neeson's Qui-Gon Jinn, and from that point on, his story is fairly complete.
Prior to 2008, there was a large gap between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith that was ripe for storytelling, but the animated series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, fixed that problem. The character even made an appearance in an episode of Rebels as well but only to give a poetic ending to the story of Darth Maul.
Pretty much all of the major events from Obi-Wan's life will be covered once the Disney+ series comes out, but that doesn't mean the character can't make additional appearances. Throughout the prequel trilogy and the original trilogy, Obi-Wan always based his choices on what he thought was the greater good.
These decisions included sacrificing himself on the Death Star, putting his feelings aside for the only person he ever loved, and even keeping important truths from Luke, such as the fact that Vader was his father and Leia was his sister.
Knowing that the character was always keen on doing the right thing, it would only make sense that he aided in the creation of the Rebel Alliance. Leia already knew who Obi-Wan was during the events of A New Hope, and Rogue One confirmed that Bail Organa kept in contact with him.
If McGregor were to appear in another project, Andor seems like one of the more likely landing spots. Since it will be largely based around the Rebels, it is possible that Bail, Cassian, or even Leia will seek consultation with Obi-Wan at some point. It is also important to remember that the series will be spanning multiple seasons, so he could definitely show up at some point.
Rosario Dawson's Ahsoka series is another project that could possibly feature McGregor as the Jedi Master. If there are flashback scenes to the prequel era in that show, then Obi-Wan will almost definitely be a part of them, and since the show is set after the original trilogy, Kenobi will already be a Force ghost that Ahsoka could commune with.
The first two episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi will be released on Disney+ on Friday, May 27.