While the second set of Star Wars films, the much maligned prequels, were full of problems, one aspect that has remained largely unscathed is Ewan McGregor‘s performance as Obi Wan Kenobi. And though the very first Star Wars film sealed Obi Wan’s fate, many fans would like to see the actor return to the franchise in some form, perhaps for one of the spinoff films. McGregor is definitely still game to reprise his role, and in case anyone out there is listening, just call him!
McGregor is at the Sundance Film Festival promoting his new film, Last Days in the Desert, in which he plays Jesus, and MTV caught up with the jovial former Jedi to see if anything new is in the cards for Obi Wan. McGregor says he’s “still waiting for the call,” and that he’s heard nothing from anyone involved with Disney or Lucasfilm about coming back. In fact, he doesn’t even know how it would happen, not that it would stop him. He says:
I suppose, after my last one, after Episode III, I become Alec Guinness…and then Alec Guinness is cut down by Lord Vader, and goes into the Dark Side. But then if he came back from there wouldn’t he be Alec Guinness? Why would he suddenly be me?…I’m talking myself out of a job here, which is a silly idea.
McGregor showed interest in donning more robes and things as Obi Wan when the rumors first started swirling around this new and expanding Star Wars universe. And there were recent whispers about Obi Wan being the subject of his own spinoff, though that was never confirmed. So, it’s comforting to know that he’ll be ready if anyone ever asks, but someone should ask. I don’t want to live in a world where three actors have played Obi Wan Kenobi.
Almost more interesting, McGregor shared his thoughts about the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and before he can even say anything resembling positive feedback, he immediately started in on the hilt coming off of the new villain Kylo Ren’s lightsaber.
You don’t need hilts! If you have a lightsaber, you don’t need a silly hilt. Hilts are for—anyway, I won’t say it…The Jedi Order managed very well without hilts for hundreds of millions of years.
I wonder if there are going to be as many lightsaber critics around the world of J.J. Abrams’ Episode VII as there have been in the weeks following the trailer’s release. He’ll have to use them in an extremely badass way early on. Anyway, I’m sure he’d get his ass kicked by any incarnation of Obi Wan.
Do you guys want to see Ewan McGregor come back to the Star Wars universe?