Ewan McGregor first played the Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi back in Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace in 1999 and went on to play him in all three prequels. For the first time in 17 years, McGregor will be taking on the role again for the upcoming Disney+ limited series titled Obi-Wan Kenobi.
In honor of the new Star Wars series, McGregor has been reminiscing about his time in the Star Wars franchise, and he’s starting to learn that are a lot of fans who love the prequel films. During a recent press conference for Obi-Wan Kenobi, McGregor was asked about the prequel films, and also talked about meeting adult fans who loved his Star Wars movies when they were kids.
"They were not seemingly well received," McGregor said. "There was no social media there was no direct avenue to the fans at the time. The fans were kids. When the first film came out [in 1977] ... I was 6 or 7 when it came out. I'll never forget that feeling and how my relationship with Star Wars, all those original first three films, that's one of the crazy things about being in Star Wars at all ... Once those kids who were my age when the prequels came grew up a bit and I was able to meet them, I started hearing that people really liked them and they started to understand why I thought people didn't like them when they came out ... It's nice to be here."
Not only will the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi feature the return of McGregor as the titular hero, but also Hayden Christensen as Darth Vader. Earlier this year, McGregor was interviewed by Forbes and teased a few flashback scenes between Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan.
"I think it's no secret that Hayden Christensen comes back and we got to play scenes together again as Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker and it was just fantastic to work with him again," McGregor teased. "I'm not going to give away anything else about the storyline, only I think it's really going to satisfy Star Wars fans. I always felt there was a story between Episode III where I finished playing Obi-Wan in the movies and Episode IV where Alec Guinness is Obi-Wan Kenobi. The [Obi-Wan Kenobi series] writers and [director Deborah Chow] and I and everyone, I think we crafted or they crafted a very fine storyline. I think people are going to like it."
Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi is set to premiere its first two episodes on May 27, on Disney+.