How the new Star Wars series explores the personality of an aging “Obi-Wan Kenobi”

“What’s your favorite Star Wars movie?”. The question was posed to actor Ewan McGregor in the middle of the press conference he held from Los Angeles with actress Moses Ingram (“Reva”) and Deborah Chow (executive producer) on Thursday, May 19th. The trio was there to present the new Star Wars series Obi-Wan Kenobi, of which the first two episodes will be released on the Disney + streaming platform on May 27th. The story takes place 10 years after the end of episode III of the saga.

Ewan McGregor’s answer to the original question? “My favorite movie is ‘A New Hope’ because it influenced me so much as a kid. I always have this picture of the C-3PO and R2-D2 droids going in the desert.”

IN Obi-Wan KenobiEwan McGregor takes on the Jedi Master’s costume again, seventeen years later Sithens revengethe latest feature film in the space saga directed by George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars.

A long pause that may have dulled his knowledge of the character. He was having fun in front of the Los Angeles press. “When I arrived at the set, I had forgotten the way Obi-Wan spoke. It took a little practice to find his speech. At first it was as if he had a British accent,” he said. jokes the actor from Perth in Scotland.

If Ewan McGregor referred to A new hopeepisode IV of Star Wars, but the first movie in the antichronological saga released in theaters in 1977, it’s anything but a coincidence.

The interpreter of Obi-Wan Kenobi explained that he was deeply influenced by the play by actor Alec Guiness, who died in 2020. The latter played the senior Jedi master in the films of George Lucas’ first trilogy. “Now that I’m getting closer to Alec Guinness’s age, it’s getting interesting. My Obi-Wan is a little closer to his.”says the 51-year-old actor. “It all comes from Alec Guinness. He always had that mischievous twinkle in his eye, the blinking eye. I always try to think of him, to feel him nearby, to hear him say his lines.”he explains.

In the series Obi-Wan Kenobithe former champion of Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen)which becomes Darth Vader at the end of Sith’s revenge, hides to escape the Inquisitors, a unit tasked with eliminating the last surviving Jedi in the galaxy. The series takes place 10 years after the fratricide between Obi-Wan Kenobi and his padawan Anakin Skywalker on the planet Mustafar and nine years before episode IV.

The Empire's Inquisitors, new villains in the Star Wars saga.  (DISNEY)

The Jedi Knight played by McGregor leads a gloomy and disillusioned life on the desert planet Tatooine. Shattered by the trauma of Order 66, which led to the execution of the majority of the Jedi in Episode III, Obi-Wan Kenobi is surrounded by darkness. “For ten years, Obi-Wan has been hiding, he can not communicate with any of his former comrades, and he is really isolated. “says the actor. “He can not use the Power. So somehow he lost his faith. He is like one who is lost from his religion … The only responsibility left to him from his past life is to watch over Luke Skywalker. “.

In the trailer for the series, which is cut into six episodes, elements allow us to see Obi-Wan Kenobi come up against his past. As he goes to see Owen Lars, the farmer on Tatooine who raises Luke Skywalker, the ghost of Anakin (Luke’s father) rises to the surface. When Obi-Wan asks the farmer if he can train Luke in Force, Owen Lars answers: “How did you train his father?”.

We developed Obi-Wan’s character by asking ourselves: what is important to him on the path he follows?

Deborah Chow, executive producer of the “Obi-Wan Kenobi” series

Even more than in the trilogy, where he explored the galaxy with Anakin Skywalker, producer Deborah Chow promises in the series an in-depth exploration of Obi-Wan Kenobi’s character.

“I was excited about the challenge of focusing a series on a particular Star Wars character, like the movie Joker (2019) was able to tell the life of a Batman character. We developed Obi-Wan’s character by asking ourselves: what is important to him on the path he follows? We also wanted to continue to talk about his relationship with Anakin Skywalker. “bog Deborah Chow.

So that’s a great tip for the fans. In the series Obi-Wan Kenobithe evil Darth Vader interpreted by Hayden Christensen, also back, will be present on screen.

The first two episodes of the series Obi-Wan Kenobi will be released on the Disney + platform on May 27, 2022.

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