Speaking to Business Insider recently while promoting his new film Trainspotting 2, Ewan McGregor was asked whether we may see an Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars spin off movie. Talking about whether he had an interest of starring in such a movie, he said…
“Listen, I have been asked about it a lot, to the point where it looks a bit like I’m sort of touting for work,â€ said McGregor. â€œIâ€™ve been very open to say I’d be happy to do it, if they want to do it”
The key phrase in the quote is “If they want to do it.” While the Star Wars Prequel Movies were not everyone’s cup of tea, as the Mr. Plinkett Reviews from Red Letter Media would tell you, there certainly were some bright spots in those films. The biggest of course was Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi. While his version of the character got off to a rocky start in The Phantom Menace, by the time we saw him ride off into the sunset after dropping off baby Luke Skywalker to Owen and Beru on Tattooine, he became Obi-Wan for an entire generation of fans. The only two main stars of the Prequel Trilogy whose career wasn’t hurt by it were Natalie Portman and Ewan McGregor himself.
Ewan, of course, had a small role in Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens. When Rey enters a dream state after touching Luke Skywalker’s long lost lightsaber in Maz Katana’s castle, one of the voices she hears is that of Obi-Wan, played by Ewan McGregor in a vocal cameo.
Yet the question does need to be asked whether the Prequel Trilogy is so damaged that making a movie series starring Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan would fall on it’s face the moment it hit theaters. While the films certainly made a profit for George Lucas, they were critical disasters with only Revenge of the Sith being the only film in the Prequel Trilogy to have any sort of positive response from fans. In the right hands, I do believe an Obi-Wan movie, or series of movies, would work in the right hands. Ewan McGregor loves the role of Obi-Wan and the Star Wars series. Unlike Sir Alec Guiness, who famously came to loathe the character he was most known as, Ewan has no regrets playing a character that is loved by millions of fans around the globe. From the sounds of things, Lucasfilm has a slate of Star Wars films that are in various stages of production which at this moment, doesn’t include an Obi-Wan film among them. Yet things can change if companies smell money.
So what do you think? Will we see an Obi-Wan Kenobi spin off series of films? Does the Prequel Trilogy reception enter in to whether Lucasfilm wants to revisit the character or will an Obi-Wan film be an inevitability? Sound off in the comments below.
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SOURCE: Business Insider