It appears that the Force is calling Ewan McGregor back.
Rumours have been circling for what seems like forever that we’d be getting more Obi-Wan Kenobi action with McGregor back in the role. A film focused on the character had been gestating for a long time, but that was scrapped (along with other spinoff ideas) after Solo: A Star Wars Story performed poorly. Well, it looks like Obi-Wan McGregor is indeed coming back to screens – in series form this time.
According to both Deadline and THR, McGregor has entered talks to lead an Obi-Wan series on Disney’s soon-to-drop streaming service, Disney+. Cinelinx furthered the news, reporting that “McGregor has actually put pen to paper and inked a contract to return as the iconic Jedi Master.”
To be clear, there’s no official word from Disney on this, but these outlets are reliable. So far it looks like the news has broken early; expect an official announcement to be made soon.
Alec Guinness played Obi-Wan in the original trilogy and earned a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his performance in the first film. McGregor took on the role in George Lucas’s prequel trilogy.
The studio has a focus on making Disney+ a force to be reckoned with in the streaming war that’s about to unfold, and the Star Wars brand is of high priority for it. Disney and Lucasfilm have two shows announced for Disney+: The Mandalorian, a Pedro Pascal-starring and Jon Favreau-created series following travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy, far from the authority of the New Republic; and a still-untitled series that will serve as a prequel to Rogue One, with Diego Luna back as Cassian Andor.