Star Wars actor Ewan McGregor recently revealed that he hadn’t watched any of the Star Wars films he was in since their release, that is until he was preparing on returning to his role of Obi-Wan Kenobi for the upcoming Disney+ series focusing on the character. Not only did he watch the three films that he was in, but McGregor also watched all nine films in the Skywalker Saga to prepare for his return. Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi is set to debut on Disney+ on May 27, 2022.
"I watched them from start to finish," McGregor shared in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly. "All nine movies. Just to get back in that world."
While McGregor specified nine movies, implying that he didn’t rewatch Solo: A Star Wars Story or Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, it is known that he was able to watch Solo, as he attended the film’s world premiere. By watching all of those films all these years later, he was able to have a new perspective on the adventures.
"It was interesting to watch our films because I hadn't seen them since they came out, not at all," McGregor continued. "So it was cool to see and interesting to watch them and enjoy them without all of the noise that was around when they came out."
With the upcoming Disney+ series taking place closer to the events that happened in the original Star Wars trilogy of films, McGregor spent more time trying to channel Alec Guinness' take on the character, as well as loving the other corners of sci-fi.
"I started reading science fiction," McGregor shared. "Iain M. Banks is a Scottish writer, and I started reading his science-fiction novels. I kind of didn't do it the first [time]. I did absolutely study Alec Guinness and watched the original three Star Wars films when we did the first one, but I didn't really think about the genre. And it's not something I would normally do, but this time I did. I got jazzed about being back in space because I really love it as a movie watcher."
The upcoming Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi starring Ewan McGregor as the titular character, is set to release on Disney+ on May 27th.