The recently married Emmy-award-winning actor is again starring with Hayden Christensen in a new Disney+ “Star Wars” series that will bridge the gap between the prequel trilogy and 1977’s “A New Hope.”
Both actors sat down with Entertainment Weekly with nothing but positive things to say about the new show.
Ewan McGregor Has High Praise For ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Director Deborah Chow
The “Halston” actor said that Chow “is unbelievable” when talking about the latest “Star Wars” Disney+ series to hit the streaming service.
“What an amazing director and what an amazing leader for us in the show,” he continued. “It’s so great working with her. Just so exciting. She has got such quiet authority and she’s really, really on it. She really knows this world backwards and inside out, and there was never a moment where she didn’t know exactly what was going on, what she wanted, what she needed. It was brilliant working with her.”
Part of that involved bridging the gap between the original and prequel trilogy, which was created decades ago.
“For her, in the pre-production process, making all of that work and taking things that were said on the set in 1975 and trying to link it into what we said in 2003 and making it all work — it’s a really interesting prospect, and they did such an amazing job with it,” he added.
‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ May Change The Original ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy
After the Millennium Falcon is brought aboard the Death Star via the tractor beam in 1977’s “A New Hope,” Darth Vader tells an imperial officer to check out the ship. He then adds, “I sense something. A presence I’ve not felt since…”
Although fans thought that referenced their final duel on Mustafar in “Revenge of the Sith,” it seems that the line might be in reference to something else, something that happens in “Obi-Wan Kenobi” that fans are not yet privy to.
When asked if that line would have new meaning after the show premiered, Christensen replied “Maybe?” with a huge grin on his face.
McGregor echoed “Maybe” before adding, “It’s fun. It’s very clever how all these threads are created. It’s like working backwards and forwards at the same time for the writers and for Deborah.”
Deborah Chow Says That She Was Mindful Of George Lucas’ Legacy
For her part, director Deborah Chow said that bridging the gap between the two trilogies was “definitely something we were very mindful of.”
“And for me also taking on [George Lucas’] legacy, it’s an honor to take these characters and be able to tell a new story with them,” she continued. “So I wanted to be very respectful to what exists and not change anything that George intended originally or anything like that.”
She added, “Obviously there is room for interpretation here, and telling [the story] that they did have these 20 years, and obviously something happened in these 20 years, and that there are some things from our series where there’s going to be a little bit more room for interpretation on.”
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Although “Obi-Wan Kenobi” was supposed to debut on May 25, 2022 – to take place exactly 45 years after “A New Hope” premiered in theaters on May 25, 1977, the release date was pushed back two days to coincide with the annual Star Wars Celebration, which takes place in Anaheim, California, this year. To make up for the delay, two episodes of the six-episode limited series will be released on May 27 on Disney+.