The stars and director of the new Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney+ series spoke about their latest foray into a galaxy far, far away….
Some of us can remember when, after the Prequel Trilogy came out, it felt as if the Star Wars Saga — at least what we saw in live action — was over. Moreover, given much of the reaction to Star Wars Episodes I, II, and III, one wondered if any principal actors would ever return to Star Wars.
Who could blame them if they didn’t?
But then there was an inkling. And then there were rumbles. Of course, the Sequel Trilogy was launched and delivered, and so was Disney+. The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett paved the way, and Obi-Wan Kenobi returns us to the sands of Tatooine.
It’s Taken A While
“Yeah. It’s taken a while to feel it, you know?” asked Ewan McGreggor rhetorically to the gathered crowd at Star Wars Celebration 2022. “I think when the films came out, there was no social media; there was no sort of direct link to the audience.
“And the audience were, you know, young people,” continued Ewan. “Ever the last years just sort of felt the warmth for the films we made.
“And, it’s meant a lot to us. It’s meant a lot to me personally,” he said.
That special feeling was so pervasive on stage today that Obi-Wan Kenobi seems less like a series and more like catharsis. That may be especially so for Hayden Christensen, who may have had the most formidable role in the history of sequels – Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader.
“That’s what makes this character so compelling,” said Christensen. That duality that’s present, and there is that, that sort of inner conflict of, of self-identity.
“But it’s just been such a thrill to come back and continue my journey with the character.
“And to get to explore Darth Vader at this point in the timeline has been huge,” he added.
Also massive has been the impact of Director Deborah Chow, especially in light of the filmmaker’s work on The Mandalorian.
“The [show] was gonna be a movie at one point; it turned into a series,” explained McGregor. “Deborah chow became our director. Thank God.
“She’s so good,” he added.
For her part, Chow admits to being a huge fan of The Saga but clearly understood the task that lay before her and her main character.
“So, for Obi-Wan, he’s carrying a tremendous weight coming into our series,” said Chow, who also explained staying correct in canon was important. “It’s also a really interesting time period. It’s a dark time period… so I think that was one of the biggest challenges.
“But also one of the things that was the coolest about getting to do it is that we were doing a character further on in their life trying to grapple with everything that happened in the prequels.”
The Fun Begins Anew
And, as Christensen told the crowd in Anaheim, now, with Obi-Wan Kenobi, “This is where the fun begins.”
The fun begins anew tomorrow on Disney+.