Star Wars fans might have been pretty surprised when Lucasfilm announced Ewan McGregor's return to the franchise in a new Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney+ series, however, the British actor's known for years that he'd be heading back to the galaxy, far, far away for years.
Speaking in an interview with Jimmy Kimmel on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the Star Wars prequel actor decided to open up about the difficulties that he faced knowing that he'd be coming back to Star Wars. According to the actor, it was difficult for him to lie to fans on social media every time they'd ask him whether he'd return as Obi-Wan because he was brought up by his parents, to tell the truth.
"It just got difficult, I was brought up, to tell the truth, and I was in a situation where I wasn't really allowed to," McGregor shared with Jimmy Kimmel Live. "The studios, and the big franchises, rightly so, want to keep everything very secret and as closed as it can be. But, at the same time, there's this overwhelming amount of speculation online and on social media and what have you, and wherever I went for the last 15 years, people would ask me, 'So, would you do it again?'"
When Disney purchased Lucasfilm in 2012, the studio decided to have a few talks with McGregor, hoping that he'd reprise his role in the franchise. The studio knew how much fans loved the benevolent Jedi Knight, and they wanted McGregor to continue bringing his magic to the big screen.
When news came out that Disney was thinking of doing Star Wars spinoff movies alongside the main Skywalker saga, fans were right on the nose asking McGregor whether he'd get his own Obi-Wan Kenobi spinoff movie – the studio wanted the actor to appear in his very own film. Eventually, though, the spinoff movie turned into a series, one that's set to premiere on Disney's upcoming streaming site, Disney+.
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Obi-Wan has yet to receive a release date. Disney+ launches on November 12, 2019.