Ewan McGregor Returning to 'Star Wars' for Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney+ Series
Ewan McGregor is picking up a lightsaber as Obi-Wan Kenobi once more.
The star, who played the younger version of the Jedi knight in the "Star Wars" prequel trilogy, is in talks to reprise the role in a Disney+ series. Details about the project are being kept under wrap, but there may be an official announcement at D23 next weekend.
This is the third "Star Wars" series in development at Disney's forthcoming streaming service, which launches later this year. The others are the bounty hunter drama "The Mandalorian" with Pedro Pascal and an untitled show centered on "Rogue One's" Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) and K-2SO (Alan Tudyk).
Several years ago, reports indicated that Lucasfilm was developing an Obi-Wan spinoff film, in the vein of "Rogue One" and "Solo." But the latter's disappointment reception and box office results led the studio to put a halt to spinoffs.
At the time, there was also talk of a Boba Fett/bounty hunter movie. But now it seems, both projects are being translated into a television series.
Obi-Wan Kenobi is a major figure in the "Star Wars" universe. In the original film, he was played by Alec Guinness and was a recluse hiding on Tattooine. Then, he was found by Princess Leia ("Help me, Obi-Wan, you're my only hope") and came out of retirement to mentor Luke Skywalker.
In the prequels — "The Phantom Menace" (1999), "Attack of the Clones" (2002) and "Revenge of the Sith" (2005) — McGregor took over the role as a younger version of the Jedi, who trained Anakin Skywalker. McGregor also made a voice cameo in 2015's "The Force Awakens."