Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi in a still from George Lucas’ movie Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith. The movie premiered on May 15, 2005.
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Whether the series will be based solely on the Obi-Wan Kenobi character is currently unclear.
The Jedi master was first made famous in 1977 when he was portrayed by the late Sir Alec Guinness in George Lucas’s original Star Wars film, later known as Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope.
Ahead of Lucas’ then-upcoming Star Wars prequel trilogy, McGregor was cast as a younger Obi-Wan Kenobi and played the role between 1999 and 2005 in Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones (2002) and Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith.
While the Star Wars prequel trilogy remains widely unpopular among the series’ core fanbase, many believed that McGregor’s performance throughout the films redeemed their value to at least some degree.
Liam Neeson, right, as Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and Ewan McGregor, as Obi-Wan Kenobi, during a scene from the Lucasfilm Star Wars: Episode 1 — The Phantom Menace. The film opened worldwide on May 19, 1999.
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Though Star Wars earned McGregor no awards, this potential Disney+ exclusive series would serve as his second major television role in recent times.
McGregor starred in the third season of FX’s Fargo series, playing twin brothers Ray and Emmit Stussy. He won himself both a Critics’ Choice and a Golden Globe award for his performance.
Before the release of 2018’s box office flop Solo: A Star Wars Story, rumours had initially spread across social media suggesting that the Scottish actor would star in a stand-alone film revolving around the famous Jedi.
The failure of Solo, however, led many to believe the potential feature was put on hold as a result.
Ewan McGregor in Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones (2002).
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The upcoming series would follow two already confirmed Disney+ series: Jon Favreau‘s The Mandalorian and a currently untitled series based off of Rogue One: A Star War Story’s lead male character, Cassian Andor (portrayed by Diego Luna).
Representatives for neither McGregor nor Disney+ were immediately available to comment in response to Variety’s request for confirmation.
The reports sparked buzz on social media, with some fans expressing their enthusiasm for McGregor.
EWAN MCGREGOR IS COMING BACK OBI WAN KENOBI IN DISNEY+ SERIES IT’S FINALLY HAPPENING pic.twitter.com/EOyhzYSvcq
— vitoria | rise of obi wan (@leiaskvwalkers) August 16, 2019
Whelp. It's looking more and more like Ewan McGregor is getting to play Obi Wan again for Disney+. It makes me happy. He seems so genuinely excited about playing the character in the past.
— Mack (@mackejn8932) August 16, 2019
Everyone: I'm not paying for Disney+ 'cause I don't need another streaming service.
Disney: We're bringing Ewan McGregor back as Obi-Wan
— Code By MDB (@codebymdb) August 16, 2019
So freakin excited about Ewan McGregor and the Obi Wan series’! Yasssss! Thank you, Disney+! I am so incredibly happy! This is the only #StarWars thing I care about right now! I mean I wanna see the ending to the Skywalker saga. But THIS! More Ewan as Obi Wan!! Squeeeeee!!!
— Αθηνά Στάμος (@AthenaStamos) August 16, 2019
Ewan McGregor coming back as Obi-Wan Kenobi
T H A N K Y O U pic.twitter.com/Ji8luCrgrC
— Lyanna loves Jarpad ♡ (@AlwaysFraser) August 16, 2019
Disney+ launches on Nov. 12 in North America. Details can be found through the official website.
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