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Friend Turned Foe: Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Grand Inquisitor

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Rupert Friend brings Star Wars Grand Inquisitor to live action….

Yes, we will have helicopter sabers. Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Rupert Friend said so.

The man who will bring Star Wars Rebels Grand Inquisitor to live action says that his character’s weapon is “phenomenal.”

“It’s double-ended, as you’ve seen in some of the early-release artwork,” said Friend to Dalton Ross to Entertainment Weekly. “So he can use it with one or both of the ends. He can turn it into a whirling blade.

“He can fly with it,” added Rupert, “It’s pretty kick-ass.”

The Grand Inquisitor from Star Wars Rebels. Image: Lucasfilm.

Pretty much everything that’s revealed about the upcoming Obi-Wan series on Disney+ feels kick-ass. And we’re still a week away from the two-episode premiere.

But the feeling of excitement is palpable in each interview you see, read, or hear from the cast and crew.

“[The Grand Inquisitor is] a pretty powerful member of the dark side. And some people who aren’t familiar with Star Wars may or may not know this, but he used to be a Jedi,” said Friend. “He used to fight for the forces of good as a temple guard.

“And he also is one of the people who trained Jedi in fighting styles, so he knows all the things that they know about fighting, and that makes him a pretty fearsome opponent.”

But Friend’s villain is not the big bad in Obi-Wan Kenobi.

That billing is again assigned to Darth Vader.

However, the Grand Inquisitor is no slouch, at least in reputation.

“In his mind, he’s on a par with Vader,” said Friend. “He’s not.

“Obviously, Vader would probably kill him.

“But I think it would be quite an interesting fight,” he said.

Darth Vader. Image: Disney+.

With or without that battle (I don’t think it’s in the cards), Obi-Wan Kenobi will be more than interesting.

Read the whole article here. And get ready for Obi-Wan Kenobi, streaming on May 27.