Obi-Wan Kenobi is finally being released this Friday and the star himself, Ewan McGregor, is apparently already up for more.
Star Wars spin-off series, Obi-Wan Kenobi is set to debut later this week. And despite being billed as a limited series, Ewan McGregor says he would love to make another season. The actor made the revelation in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, where he also said the story does do what he wanted it to do in terms of bridging the gap between Episode 3 and Episode 4. While it brought his version of the Jedi Knight closer to Alec Guinness’ Obi-Wan in A New Hope, he would be open to expanding the story.
Although Ewan McGregor is optimistic about more Obi-Wan Kenobi, series writer Joby Harold and director Deborah Chow were slightly more reluctant to look beyond the six-episode event. “I don’t know about it being a story beyond the story we’re telling now,” Harold told the publication. He added, that while the creative team was developing the series, they always thought of it as a complete story with a beginning, middle, and an end. Echoing Harold’s sentiments, Chow told Entertainment Weekly the show was conceived as a limited series because that’s the way they approached it from the start.
Interestingly, this is not the first time Ewan McGregor has talked about a second season as Obi-Wan. Speaking to Total Film last month he said if the opportunity to do it again presented itself, “I’d be totally up for that.” He also elaborated on the Jedi Master’s journey, explaining how viewers will get to see his entire story – from Alec Guinness’s performance in the 70s to the work that he [McGregor] did in Episodes 1 to 3, and now, a really broken place in the middle.
The Ewan McGregor vehicle begins ten years after the events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. As the evil empire dominates the galaxy, the story will explore how the Jedi Master managed to stay hidden on Tatooine and how he protected a young Luke from his father in the years before A New Hope. As previously reported, the Disney+ series is rumored to bring back a few other familiar characters like Jimmy Smits’ Bail Organa and a young Princess Leia.
Starring alongside Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi and Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader are Joel Edgerton as Owen Lars, a moisture farmer on the desert planet and the uncle of Luke Skywalker, and Bonnie Piesse as Beru Whitesun Lars, Owen’s wife, and Luke’s aunt. The series also features performances by Sung Kang, Moses Ingram, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Simone Kessell, Benny Safdie, and Maya Erskine.
The highly anticipated series, starring Ewan McGregor as the beloved Jedi Master, is scheduled to premiere with two episodes this Friday (May 27). The remaining four installments will follow weekly, with the finale airing on June 22nd. While a second season may not be in the works, there’s plenty more coming to a galaxy far, far away. Marvel alum, Taika Waititi will be directing a Star Wars feature film. He is currently working on the script with Krysty Wilson-Cairns. This project will be followed by Rogue Squadron which was previously scheduled for release in December 2023.