Star Wars fans across the galaxy were absolutely thrilled when it was announced in August 2019 that Ewan McGregor would be reprising his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the upcoming titular series, Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi. The show will stream exclusively on Disney+ and see McGregor return to the role he portrayed in the Star Wars prequel trilogy from 1999 to 2005.
McGregor’s portrayal of Kenobi quickly became a fan favorite, perfectly embodying the younger version of the role that Alec Guinness first made famous in A New Hope. While the Obi-Wan series still has no official release date, McGregor has provided some new details on how production is coming along.
In an interview with comedian Eddie Izzard (that was first reported on by The Direct), McGregor stated that the show would begin filming in Los Angeles in the late spring. Previously, he has said that filming would start in March 2021, so expect the camera to roll sometime around March or April.
Very few details have been revealed at this point regarding the plot or any story details, so it is unknown whether or not production will involve location shoots, or be limited to a Los Angeles sound stage. However, McGregor did debunk a few rumors that have been floating around regarding production:
"It’s so funny, every week, there’s a new report…because there’s another tabloid, you know, exposé that we’re shooting it in some bizarre town in somewhere."
One of the other big questions is exactly how the show would be created. Many critics have praised the use of new technology that brought The Mandalorian to life, including virtual sets and an immersive, photorealistic motion screen dubbed the Volume. While details on the particulars have also been slim, McGregor did seemingly confirm that the Volume would be used for the Obi-Wan series, answering that he does think the technology will be used when he asked about it.
These exciting aspects and more make Obi-Wan Kenobi an incredibly anticipated show, coupled with the fact that Hayden Christensen, McGregor’s partner in the prequels, would also be returning to portray Darth Vader. All in all, it is likely a guarantee that many Star Wars fans will be glued to their screens when the first episode finally arrives.