Star Wars veteran Ewan McGregor recently spoke out about his future with the franchise, letting it be known publicly that he’s open to appearing in a potential spinoff film that could see his character from the prequel trilogy, Obi-Wan Kenobi, returning to the screen.
McGregor addressed the subject while speaking with Collider about his upcoming film, Miles Ahead. The actor recently reprised his role in the Star Wars universe as a disembodied voice in The Force Awakens, as the Inquisitr previously reported. Collider‘s Steve Weintraub, however, inquired about the possibility of a full-fledged return for the actor, something he noted that fans would love to see.
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In response, McGregor expressed his enthusiasm for the project, saying that he’d “very much like to do one too.” The actor pointed to the time frame between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope as fertile ground for a story focused on Kenobi, who remained in exile on Tatooine at that time while looking after a young Luke Skywalker from afar. As McGregor points out, Kenobi would likely have been on the planet for 20 to 30 years.
McGregor neither confirmed nor denied that he has met with Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy regarding the possibility of an Obi-Wan Kenobi spinoff, instead pointing out that he’s not sure that he would be at liberty to give that answer. He did mention though that he is “very interested in doing that,” before joking that Kenobi could possibly even have his own trilogy.
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According to the Mirror, McGregor is open to reprising his role as Kenobi in any capacity. During the Collider interview, however, he did express some uncertainty about how such a return could be handled. With a slate of Star Wars spinoff films on the way in coming years though, some fans have wondered whether Kenobi could potentially make a cameo, or appear in some other fashion.
The first of those planned spinoffs, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, hits theaters this December. Set to tell the story of the Rebels who stole the plans for the Death Star, it also takes place between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. Fans have already speculated that a young Han Solo could appear in the film (as one of the already announced spinoffs will focus on the character), yet the time period in question would be optimal for Kenobi’s return to the screen as well.
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Before the interview was concluded, McGregor was asked whether he could potentially see himself returning as a Force ghost in the coming Star Wars sequels. He was quick to point out that the timing of Obi-Wan’s death means that any Force ghost appearing on screen likely wouldn’t be looking like McGregor.
“As far as I know, I would be Alec Guinness by now, so I don’t know how that would work. I really don’t know and I haven’t had any discussions with anyone about it.”
McGregor reiterated that he would love to portray Kenobi in one of the spinoff movies, yet freely admitted that he is unsure just how that would happen. Whether or not such a film will come to fruition remains an open question, yet McGregor noted that he was sure Star Wars fans would be able to devise a way in which Obi-Wan Kenobi could fit into the fabric of the saga going forward.
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