The Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney+ series was originally going to be a movie, Ewan McGregor reveals.
Speaking with Comingsoon.net while promoting his latest project, Mike Flanagan’s Doctor Sleep, McGregor opened up about his much-anticipated reprisal of Obi-Wan for Obi-Wan Kenobi. Expressing his enthusiasm to step back into the Star Wars franchise, the actor also revealed that a lot has changed since the project was pitched, including the decision to transform it to a series instead of a movie.
“It wasn’t always going to be a series, not initially. When we first started talking about, that wasn’t really in the cards but everything’s changed so much, so quickly. It’s really exciting that it is now. I’m really into the idea to be able to tell the story over several hours instead of just one hit. I think it’s going to be quite cool.”
McGregor debuted as Kenobi in 1999’s Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, with his last portrayal being in 2005’s Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. Virtually since the prequel trilogy’s conclusion, fans have been hoping McGregor would return, with the actor regularly expressing his enthusiasm while deflecting questions about those projects.
Prior to the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story, rumors swirled that the project would be moving forward, though when that film fell short of box office expectations, all spinoff films were seemingly put on hold. It wasn’t until D23 Expo this year that Disney confirmed the project would be happening and McGregor would no longer have to play coy about his return.
“It’s a f-cking massive relief,” McGregor told Men’s Journal about the news being public. “Because for four years, I’ve been having to lie to people about it.”
In any case, most fans prefer the series format of an Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney+ show than a one-off movie. This way, creatives including The Mandalorian’s Deborah Chow as the director, have more time to really delve into the character’s story and not be limited by around two-hour runtime. Thus far, fans have only seen the Jedi Master during this unexplored time setting in Star Wars: Rebels where he was revealed to be secretly looking after a young Luke Skywalker. Whatever else he was doing during that time-frame will more likely be the core narrative of his upcoming show.