Ewan McGregor recently denied that he had be contacted to star in Star Wars: Episode VII, but left the door open, saying he would be “up for it”.
During the Toronto International Film Festival (TIIF) in which McGregor was promoting his new film, August: Osage County, he was approached about rumors that he was offered a role in the new installment of the Star Wars franchise.
McGregor told E! News, that producers had not contacted him. So there we have one piece of information from the horse’s mouth. The Scot added that if he gets the call, he would be up for it.
“They haven’t phoned me yet,” he says during the red carpet for his new movie. “Should the call come though, Ewan says, “I’d be up for it.”
Ewan McGregor played the young Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi in The Phantom Menace, Attack Of The Clones, and Revenge Of The Sith.
But, McGregor’s fans shouldn’t get too excited yet. Don’t forget, Obi-Wan was killed during the original Star Wars.
Another thing to consider is the fact that the prequels were not well received by die-hard fans of the originals, so if Ewan is cast, it might not go well with segments of the fandom.
It appears to be unlikely that J.J. Abrams would bring back McGregor. However, he could always return as an apparition, much as Alec Guinness did in the original trilogy.
With production getting ready to get in gear at the beginning of next year, we can expect casting announcements to start trickling in through the remaining part of the year, leading up to the start of production.
At this point, this is all conjecture on everyone’s part. The only sure thing from this report is that Ewan McGregor is not in the cards for Star Wars: Episode VII at this time.