'Star Wars': Ewan McGregor teases plot details of Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off series

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Ewan McGregor in Revenge of the Sith (Credit: Lucasfilm/Fox)
Ewan McGregor in Revenge of the Sith (Credit: Lucasfilm/Fox)

While we await The Mandalorian, Ewan McGregor has teased details of the planned Obi-Wan Kenobi series for Disney's new streaming platform Disney+.

McGregor will reprise his role as the Jedi master, and mentor to both Anakin and Luke Skywalker, in the serialised show.

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But as yet, we've not got much of a steer on what the show will be about, and where in the Star Wars canon it will sit.

But in an interview with Men's Journal, McGregor has offered a few tidbits, with Obi-Wan likely suffering a kind of post-traumatic stress.

“The storyline sits between Episode III and Episode IV,” he explained.

Read more: Early reactions to The Mandalorian

“The Jedi Order was falling apart [at the end of Revenge of the Sith]. It will be interesting to take a character we know in a way and show him – Well, his arc will be quite interesting, I think, dealing with that the fact that all the Jedi were slaughtered with the end of Episode III.

“It’s quite something to get over.”

(Credit: Lucasfilm/Fox)
(Credit: Lucasfilm/Fox)

The conclusion of the Revenge of the Sith was indeed pretty traumatic, with Obi-Wan dicing up Anakin Skywalker with his lightsaber, before the remainder of him descends into the fiery lava on the Outer Rim planet of Mustafar. It also sees Emperor Palpatine issuing Order 66 to his clone army, which leads to near total destruction of the Jedi Order as we know it.

From there, and with the power of the Empire rising, Obi-Wan takes the infant Luke Skywalker to live with his aunt and uncle, Owen and Beru Lars, on Tatooine, before going into hiding.

So it appears that the series will take on his period of exile, prior to meeting up with Luke Skywalker again in his adolescence, as seen in A New Hope.

Read more: UK may have to wait for Disney+

Whether this means a CGI-de-aged Mark Hamill appearance for the series finale, we can but dream.

Joel Edgerton, who has risen to the top of the Hollywood A-list since appearing as Owen Lars in 2005’s Revenge of the Sith, previously told Yahoo he was keen to reprise his role in the spin-off, which – at the time – was rumoured to be a movie.

“First part of your question is: could [Owen Lars] come back? Yes. Should he come back? Maybe even more of a yes!” Edgerton said to Yahoo while promoting spy thriller Red Sparrow in 2018.

“I think me and Ewan [McGregor] and Liam [Neeson] in a movie is pretty good. Absolutely! I’d be totally down.”

But The Mandalorian will come first, Jon Favreau's flagship Disney+ show that will deal with the murky world of the professional bounty hunter.

Though it lands in the US next week – November 12 – we may well have to wait until 2020 before we can see it in the UK.

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