Obi-Wan Kenobi hits Disney Plus at the end of next month and will see both Ewan McGregor and Hayden Chistensen returning to the Star Wars galaxy for the first time since the prequel trilogy.
Ahead of their return, both actors undertook some serious Star Wars research to get back into character and into the world they were about to re-enter. Ewan McGregor, who plays the titular Jedi Master, has revealed that he rewatched all nine Skywalker Saga movies, as well as reading some science fiction more broadly. Hayden Christensen, who previously played Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader and is now returning as the Sith Lord, said his research went a little further than the Star Wars films and included diving into Star Wars animated series such as The Clone Wars.
Talking about his preparation for Obi-Wan Kenobi, Hayden Christensen told Entertainment Weekly “I went back and rewatched all the films… And I also got into the animated shows, The Clone Wars and Rebels.” These animated Star Wars series, both helmed by Dave Filoni, offer a wealth of extra material on the life of Anakin Skywalker and, later, Darth Vader. Clone Wars introduced Anakin Skywalker’s apprentice, Ahsoka Tano, as a major character and Rebels saw the two reunite and face each other in battle, following Anakin’s transformation into Vader.
The Clone Wars also dived deeper into Anakin’s relationship with Padme, his difficulty with Jedi teachings and even his early friendship with Wilhuff Tarkin, an officer in the Grand Army of the Republic who would later become the Grand Moff seen in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Many of the stories explored in The Clone Wars lend greater weight to Anakin’s eventual fall to the dark side in Revenge of the Sith.
As for Ewan McGregor’s preparation for his return to the role of Obi-Wan, while the actor did not delve into Star Wars‘ animated canon, he revealed he watched all nine Skywalker Saga films, including re-watching the prequels for the first time since they initially came out. He went on to say:
“It was interesting to watch our films because I hadn’t seen them since they came out, not at all … So it was cool to see and interesting to watch them and enjoy them without all of the noise that was around when they came out.
“I started reading science fiction. Iain M. Banks is a Scottish writer, and I started reading his science-fiction novels. I kind of didn’t do it the first [time]. I did absolutely study Alec Guinness and watched the original three Star Wars films when we did the first one, but I didn’t really think about the genre. And it’s not something I would normally do, but this time I did. I got jazzed about being back in space because I really love it as a movie watcher.”
It sounds like both actors went into Obi-Wan Kenobi well prepared to reprise their Star Wars roles. The series will not only see the return of the two actors, but pit them against one another in a hotly anticipated rematch between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader.
Here is the synopsis for the upcoming Star Wars series:
During the reign of the Galactic Empire, former Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi embarks on a crucial mission. Kenobi must confront allies turned enemies and face the wrath of the Empire.”
Directed by Deborah Chow from Joby Harold’s scripts, the series stars Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen, Moses Ingram, Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell, and Benny Safdie. The series will also see the return of legendary Star Wars composer John Williams, who scored a theme.
Obi-Wan Kenobi will hit Disney Plus on May 27, 2022. Stay tuned for all the latest news on the upcoming series, and subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.
Source: Entertainment Weekly