Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Ewan McGregor on Jedi Grasp With a Blaster (‘Occasions Have Modified’), Revisiting Film Threads

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Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Ewan McGregor on Jedi Grasp With a Blaster (‘Occasions Have Modified’), Revisiting Film Threads

Disney+’s Obi-Wan Kenobi, which premieres its first two episodes this Friday, finds its titular hero on the run from Pressure-sensitive brokers of the Galactic Empire generally known as the Inquisitors, after being branded a traitor.

Because the Jedi Grasp continues to evade those that goal to seize him, he’ll be pressured to wield weapons that aren’t lightsabers, together with a smaller model of the blaster he beforehand deemed “so uncivilized” in 2005’s Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.

“Right here I’m with a blaster in my hand [in Obi-Wan Kenobi],” Ewan McGregor, who performs the fan-favorite character, tells TVLine. “Occasions have modified for ol’ Obi-Wan.”

Ewan McGregor in Obi-Wan KenobiThe six-episode restricted collection takes place 10 years after the occasions of Revenge of the Sith, with Obi-Wan nonetheless wracked with guilt over shedding his former apprentice Anakin Skywalker to the darkish facet. Hayden Christensen will reprise his function as Anakin/Darth Vader, setting the stage for a reunion between Obi-Wan and his former padawan, lengthy earlier than their remaining encounter in A New Hope.

“Bringing again Vader [is] clearly one thing you don’t wish to do frivolously, and also you don’t wish to do it only for the sake of doing it,” director Deborah Chow explains. “Once we began actually taking a look at Obi-Wan’s life and saying, ‘Who’s essential in his life? What in his previous has affected him?’ a lot of that connects again to Anakin that it simply felt very natural that it could be a part of this collection from the place we’re popping out within the historical past.”

McGregor says, “It was essential that we acquired [it] proper for the canon of Star Wars, that we that we don’t make any errors, but in addition that we inform a narrative that’s our personal story. I believe there are some threads that we noticed between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope that will probably be very satisfying for the followers to see and acknowledge.”

Followers might also acknowledge the Grand Inquisitor (performed within the live-action collection by Homeland‘s Rupert Good friend) and Fifth Brother (Sung Kang) from Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Within the animated collection, the Grand Inquisitor reveals off spectacular lightsaber expertise similar to twirling his weapon like a helicopter and virtually flying with it. So, will we see those self same expertise on show in Obi-Wan Kenobi?

“All I can say is that it’s lots simpler to spin these lightsabers in animation than it’s in reside motion,” Chow notes. “You’ve seen within the trailer already that we clearly did spin it, however we actually tried to maintain the spirit of the Inquisitors in place.”

The present may also introduce a brand new Inquisitor named Reva, performed by The Queen’s Gambit‘s Moses Ingram.

“[The Inquisitors are] a group of individuals, however all of them have their very own manner of doing issues,” she shares. “The factor about [Reva] is she doesn’t care what anyone thinks about how she does it. She performs the offensive and she or he needs to be first, and she or he’s simply keen about what she does.”

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