Okay, so the other day reports surfaced that Ian McDiarmid will return as Emperor Palpatine in Star Wars: Episode VII. Now we’re getting word via Latino Review that Ewan McGregor will be back as Obi-Wan Kenobi in J.J. Abrams’ upcoming sequel.
Palpatine is rumoured to return as an evil Sith “ghost,” while Obi-Wan Kenobi will return as a Jedi “ghost.” Played by Alec Guinness in George Lucas’ original trilogy, Obi-Wan was killed by Darth Vader in Star Wars IV: A New Hope.
A spectral Obi-Wan appeared in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.
Previously, McGregor has said he’d reprise his role, tweeting as much earlier this year.
Yes, I would definitely be up for it. I'd rather I'd play Obi-Wan Kenobi if they needed me rather than someone else.
— Ewan McGregor (@mcgregor_ewan) February 11, 2013
And in an interview with MTV during promotional duties for Jack the Giant Slayer, McGregor revealed his own idea for an Obi-Wan spinoff.
“I think it’s a good idea,” McGregor said, when asked about giving the character his own film. “The only bit that I could get away with doing is after the last one I made, ‘Episode III,’ before Alec Guinness, there’s that period where he’s in the desert.
“That might be my window, there, to tell that story,” McGregor said. “I don’t know what he did in the desert. We could make up some stuff.”
Disney as said it plans to make a Star Wars film every year from 2015 until 2020, with spinoffs being eyed for Han Solo, Boba Fett and Yoda.
Whatever direction Abrams and writer Michael Arndt take, McGregor told MTV he’s game for returning as Obi Wan.
“Could be quite exciting. I’d be up for it, for sure, of course.”
Although Guinness appeared in Episodes V and VI, Lucas did replace Sebastian Shaw (who played the ghost of Anakin Skywalker at the end of Return of the Jedi) with Hayden Christensen in the 2004 DVD release. So I suppose J.J. could just as easily use McGregor.
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