Star Wars Actor Teases Lightsaber-Wielding Role In Obi-Wan Kenobi's Disney+ Series

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Sung Kang, Ewan McGregor in Obi-Wan Kenobi

All eyes are turned toward Star Wars: Visions and The Book of Boba Fett as 2021 heads into its final months, but Kenobi may still be the most anticipated project the Star Wars community has seen in a long time.

The six-episode series, which will be available to stream on Disney+ sometime in 2022, will follow the exiled Jedi, Obi-Wan Kenobi, as he keeps a watchful and protective eye over Luke Skywalker on Tatooine. Ewan McGregor, who played Kenobi in the prequel trilogy, is set to reprise his role in the series alongside Hayden Christensen, who will don the mask of Darth Vader for the first time since 2005's Revenge of the Sith.

Most of the details about the series are still largely unknown, aside from a leak of concept art pertaining to Darth Vader as well as some minor details concerning Jawas, stormtroopers, and a couple of fan-favorite droids.

Actor Sung Kang, best known for his role as Han in the Fast & Furious franchise, has also been confirmed to be in the series, and he revealed some telling details, most notably that there will be multiple Jedi on-screen.

Kang apparently has more information to dish out as he recently gave more insight into his character.

Sung Kang Reveals He Has a Lightsaber

Obi-Wan Kenobi
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Screen Rant's Ash Crossan shared a video via Twitter of an interview between her and Kenobi actor Sung Kang.

Kang took a moment to go back to his childhood, talking about "what it means to [him]" to be on-set of something that he grew up loving, saying that he would "dress up" in Star Wars Halloween costumes "almost every single day:"

"You know what it means to me? As a kid, as like an 8-year-old kid, 8 to probably 13, I'm a little embarrassed to admit 13, but my favorite holiday is Halloween. I used to dress up in the cheap, K-Mart, plastic Halloween costumes [as] Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader almost every single day from 8 to 13 years old."

The F9 actor went on to talk about how he and his friends "would play pretend" by making "[their] own lightsabers out of toilet paper centers." He also admitted that "to see the Star Wars universe in front of [him]" is nothing short of "pretty amazing:"

"My friends and I would play pretend. We would make our own lightsabers out of toilet paper centers and stuff like that, and paper towel cardboard. To be able to be on set, and see Darth Vader, and see the Star Wars universe in front of me, just as a fan, to be able to be part of that history is pretty amazing."

Kang continued by revealing the biggest snippet of news from the interview - that he wields a lightsaber. He mentioned that he "kept pinching" himself while on set and that his "character has a lightsaber:"

"I kept pinching myself to go 'how did I end up here,' and my character has a lightsaber, and to go 'wow I'm actually, it's not a toy, it's actually the real thing,' so, pretty cool."

Jedi Master or Sith Inquisitor?

First off, to hear Kang talk about his passion for Star Wars is amazing. When an actor already has a deep love and knowledge of the project that they will be working on, fans can expect nothing less than a respectful and high-effort performance.

It also goes to show just how similar these actors are to the people that view and support them. Using paper towel centers as lightsabers was a part of every Star Wars kid's childhood, and hearing him go back to his past should convince anyone that he is the right person for the role.

Kang's character has not yet been revealed to the public, but now, thanks to his comments, it is confirmed that he will wield a lightsaber. The question now is, will it be a blue or green Jedi lightsaber or a red one that is used by followers of the Dark Side?

Rumors have swirled that Kang will be on the darker side of the spectrum, specifically portraying the Fifth Brother, an Inquisitor that was last seen in Star Wars: Rebels.

Only time will tell if these rumors are true or not, but with 2022 getting closer and closer, fans won't have to wait much longer.

- About The Author: Nathan Johnson
Nathan is a writer at The Direct where he covers Star Wars, the MCU, and DC news. He joined The Direct in April 2021 and currently writes news and feature articles about all three brands mentioned above, but his main specialty is his knowledge about anything and everything Star Wars.