In an interview about his upcoming biopic “Miles Ahead” Ewan McGregor minced no words about his desire to reprise the role made famous by Sir Alec Guinness.
McGregor spoke with Collider.com Editor-In-Chief Steve Weintraub about the possibility of an Obi-Wan standalone film. When pressed on the idea of starring in another “Star Wars” film, he was surprisingly candid, expressing his willingness and hope that Disney would greenlight such a project:
"I’d very much like to do one too. I think the story between Episode III and Episode IV, I think there’s a story there. I think that’s the Obi-Wan Kenobi movie, if there is one. The one that bridges my Obi-Wan Kenobi and Alec’s Obi-Wan Kenobi because there’s a—I don’t know how long he’s in the desert there, but it’s got to be twenty or thirty years."
Weintraub may have even gotten McGregor to tip his hand a bit when he asked whether or not McGregor had been in touch with LucasFilm boss Kathleen Kennedy, to which he replied “I’m not sure I’m at liberty to say, really, but I’m very interested in doing that. That would be great.”
The fact that McGregor is playing coy with that particular question most certainly suggests that he has at least engaged in preliminary discussions regarding the possibility.
On the possibility that he might appear as a force ghost in Episode VIII or Episode IX, McGregor was much more realistic:
"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. To play Obi-Wan Kenobi again would be something I would love to do in one of the spinoff movies. If that were to happen in one of their trilogies, I would be up for that, but I don’t know how that would happen. I’m sure some of the Star Wars fans would come up with an idea of how that could happen."
McGregor’s portrayal as Obi-Wan is considered the brightest part of maligned prequel trilogy. Given McGregor’s age, 44, his willingness to reprise the role, and the chronological space with which Disney can work between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, this film makes too much sense not to make. It certainly may play better than a film that requires re-casting Han Solo, or one that explores an ancillary character like Boba Fett.
You can check out the interview in its entirety at Collider.com. And, tell us what you think about an Obi-Wan film, or trilogy of films in the comments below and on social media. Would like to see Ewan Mcgregor reprise his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi? Because we sure would.