When it comes to Obi-Wans it’s hard to pick a favorite. Alec Guinness brought such wisdom, wit, and grace to the character that when the Prequels were announced, no one thought anyone could match that performance.
Ewan McGregor did just that. Not only did McGregor capture the essence of the character that Guinness created, but he also put his own spin on him, really fleshing him out. What makes McGregor’s performance even more impressive was that he had some horrible dialogue to work with, and still gave a great performance.
Honestly, it would be nice to see both versions of Obi-Wan in the final chapter of Star Wars, but for now, we will make a case for Old Obi-Wan. The old Obi-Wan is pure nostalgia. He was the first glimpse we were ever given of a Jedi with his brown flowing robe and blue lightsaber.
His telling Luke the story of the fall of the Jedi and the rise of the Empire is classic, and the way he encourages Luke to learn the ways of the Force and go with him to Alderaan is the catalyst of the entire Skywalker story.
We do hear his voice briefly in The Force Awakens but actually seeing old Obi-Wan in Force ghost form would be a real treat for Star Wars fans. Maybe this could happen during the rumored Leia/Rey training scenes, or later in the film if Force ghosts are used to help destroy Darth Sidious once and for all.
Obi-Wan is one of the most important characters of the entire nine-part saga and needs to show up in some form in The Rise of Skywalker.