Obi-Wan Kenobi actor O’Shea Jackson Jr. recently chatted with Collider about missing out on the Lando role, and getting a role in Obi-Wan Kenobi. Obi-Wan Kenobi is in post right now and the show is rumored to be hitting Disney+ some time in May. However, that’s not fact yet, just rumors from people we trust. Jackson Jr. along with many other artists were announced in quite an ensemble cast list before filming began. It’s pretty rare for productions to do that these days, especially for Star Wars projects.
In the interview Jackson Jr. describes missing out on Lando in Solo, but getting another shot.
“Yeah. I was watching Star Wars before I came down here right now. I’m a real big Star Wars fan. I had auditioned for Lando for the Solo film, and when I didn’t get it, it crushed me. I was like, “You know what, I quit. I’m going back to being a writer. I’m done.” I was filming Swagger, and my agents were like, “Yo, we need you free in the next two days, noon.” I’m like, “All right.” They’re like, “Just listen. You want to take this meeting.””
“So I took it and it was Deb, Lord Deb. Shout out to Lord Deb. Deborah Chow. She gave me an opportunity of a lifetime and it’s a… God, I can’t wait to talk about it so bad. I want to talk about it so bad, but I know Mickey probably still has my phone bugged, and I just love my family.”
O’Shea Jackson Jr. was then asked what else he could say about his role, which as you’d guess, was pretty much nada.
“All I’m going to say is, I really am a fan of Ewan McGregor. That’s my boy. And my man, Kumail. Kumail is my dog. Kumail’s really been a major motivation for me when it comes to getting in shape for Den of Thieves 2, because of just how jacked he got for Eternals. Yeah, he’s got his line open for me, any questions that I need. Yeah, he’s got an action figure now, because he’s in the Eternals. I’m going to need that. He said he’ll give me a good price for it. So we’ll see how that goes.”
O’ Shea did have some words about how cool it was to work with The Volume technology which was used extensively on Obi-Wan Kenobi.
“What’s so crazy about The Volume is, you really forget. After a while, you forget that you’re just in this studio. The scariest part about it is when they turn it off. Because you’ll be sitting somewhere, some cave in the middle or whatever, you got background on the volume working around and you get so engulfed in the scene that when they turn it off and the entire room you’re in just goes white. It’s kind of like a Matrix moment, when he visits the architect. It was a crazy experience.”
“It really would’ve saved a lot of people back in the day to have that type of technology. I could just imagine, filming on location in these… No disrespect, but these terrible places. So it definitely saved a lot of man hours. It’s hard to explain the feeling that it gives you walking in there. The abilities that it brings as filmmakers, it just gives us so much that normally you’d have to be playing pretend on a green screen. Or just, “Okay, this looks like this,” and getting terrible descriptions. Yeah, it’s a time-saver, it’s a lifesaver. And God, somebody, please give me more Star Wars jobs.”
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