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Ewan McGregor to Return as Obi-Wan Kenobi in Disney Plus Series

Ewan McGregor is in talks to return as Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi in a series for Disney Plus, Variety has confirmed.

No other details on the potential series were available. McGregor previously played the character in the three “Star Wars” prequels “The Phantom Menace,” “Attack of the Clones,” and “Revenge of the Sith.” There had been talk for years that McGregor would return in an Obi-Wan standalone film, but those plans were reportedly put on hold following the unsuccessful roll out of “Star Wars” standalone film “Solo.”

Reps for McGregor and Disney Plus did not immediately respond to Variety’s request for comment.

The Obi-Wan series would be the third live-action “Star Wars” show on Disney Plus. The nascent streamer has previously announced “The Mandalorian” from Jon Favreau starring Pedro Pascal as well as a series based on Cassian Andor, the character first introduce in the film “Rogue One” with Diego Luna reprising his role from the film.

The show would be McGregor’s second major TV role in recent years. He won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Emmy for his role in the third season of the FX series “Fargo,” playing twin brothers Emmit and Ray Stussy. McGregor is primarily known for his film work. He will star in the upcoming “The Shining” follow up “Doctor Sleep,” which is due out in November. He will also play the DC villain Black Mask in the film “Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn).” His other notable film roles include “Trainspotting,” “Moulin Rouge,” and “Black Hawk Down.”

He is repped by UTA.

Disney Plus is also building out the television side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with high-priced limited series in the works focused on character like Hawkeye, Loki, Scarlet Witch and Vision, and Falcon and Winter Soldier.

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    • Thus is far from “lower end TV movies.” Funny that you know this gossip, but you have no idea that the most bankable, respected talent in the world has been involved with projects that are produced by streaming services.

  1. Heeelllllllllll yeeeeeeeeesssssssss! Finally, WTF it took so long?! I am soo glad for Ewan McGregor, he was easily one of the best parts about the Prequels!!!

    I’m curious if the “Kenobi” novel by John Jackson Miller will serve as source material…or at least part of it…

  2. Great News! Really enjoying all the new star wars content being done by people just like us the fans.
    A lot of naysayers though who despite being Star Wars fans would prefer no new star wars films or TV? um, okay. Bye then.

    • What new content? We’ve had two “trilogy” movies that killed off or sidelined all the most beloved characters and replaced them with boring, forgettable ones. This has resulted in metric tons of unsold action figures being offered for pennies on the dollar at discount stores. Then we’ve had two “spin-off” movies which were disastrous productions that were taken out of the hands of their directors by the corporate bigwigs. Both these movies again had the problem of creating new characters that no one cares about or ever wants to see again.

      • You have your opinion on the individual films and that’s totally fair enough. Your opinion is yours, my opinion is mine. But the overall view of all this is I think it’s good to have more star wars content. Some will vary just with the books but in the late 80’s and early 90’s, Star Wars was kept alive by the EU Books, Graphic Novels.
        So to think we’re now seeing new adventures with new characters that have their own unique spin on it given by whichever creatives are in charge is great for me. I’m enjoying it :)
        For the record I loved TFA but really disliked TLJ when tbh. Solo I wasnt bothered about before it came out but was surprised how much I liked it. It’s a lot like an 80’s action flick which I really enjoyed.
        Rogue One was arguably saved by Disney’s intervention with the unbelievable fantastic ending.
        People seem to forget the grief the prequels got and whilst they are not as bad as people remember, they were still clunky with over reliance on green screen (yes, I’m aware lots of models were used to, but some of the backgrounds havent aged well)
        So JJ and Disney have tried to appeal to fans by having more real spaceships and such like and they still cannot win.
        As I said though, I disliked TLJ so thank god they got JJ back on board to fix the mess.
        Not too fussed about Rian Johnsons new trilogy though as his ending to TLJ was more like an advert for promotional packs of cereal.

        But then we’re now finding Star Wars branching off in yet another exciting direction with a series on Disney +. Madalorian and now Obi-Wan. It’s gonna be great!
        Why on earth people would want less Star Wars when they’re more faithful to the originals the prequels ever were is beyond me.

  3. I hope this will come to fruition (because I’ve loved all STAR WARS, especially in recent years). My concern is that the article claims, “Variety has confirmed”… but then it says that neither Mr. McGregor nor Disney+ immediately replied to Variety. So, how exactly was this “confirmed”? Seriously, Variety… I’d love to get some more details on that.

  4. So, now we get to find out what would have been in that “Obi-wan solo-spinoff movie” Disney was going to make if “Solo” hadn’t happened, and sent Hollywood’s entire Spinoff industry off to streaming.

    • You can’t blame solo for that though, solo did poorly because there was a boycott after episode 8, which was a flaming pile of crap. If episode 8 had been a good movie, people wouldn’t be done with star wars like they are.

  5. Anything that gives me apx. 10 hours of Ewan McGregor with an English or Scottish accent is OK by me. Him playing Kenobi in a series is an added bonus. It was always the only spin off I was interested in seeing. Never Han og Boba.

  6. Seriously, what is with your headline??? “Ewan McGregor Returns for ‘Star Wars’ Disney+ Series”

    Then your reporting says he is “in talks” to return. So, if he is only “in talks,” and this is not confirmed by either him or Disney+, then how can you ethically title this story “Ewen McGregor Returns”? It should be “In Talks to Return,” or “May Return.”

    Your dishonesty in that headline, apparently written just to generate clicks, is enough to make me ditch you guys for The Hollywood Reporter.

  7. McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi is widely thought to be one of the BEST characters to come out of the prequel trilogy, better than the films deserved maybe as they turned out, but plenty of “real fans” do not ignore them. A lot of us have hoping for more of him as Kenobi, so I hope this article, which doesn’t really confirm anything unfortunately, is true.

    • This would be a limited run series, dummy. Completely different from their original plan of having at least one movie a year. The two series that are confirmed will be introduced a year apart. And the second one will run when there is no other new star Wars content, as the next movie won’t be released until 2222.

  8. Great…more star wars expanding on the most forgettable badly produced character from the part of the trilogy all real fans ignore. What’s next a Jar Jar binks trilogy?

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