– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Disclaimer: This post will contain spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

As many know by now, Star Wars: The Last Jedi saw a few big characters from the original trilogy return to the franchise. Of course, Luke and Leia were back from The Force Awakens. However, there was one other character who made a grand appearance in the film.

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That character is Master Yoda, Luke’s teacher, and all-around badass. However, as great of a return Yoda was, it would have almost seemed more fitting if another Jedi Master had made an appearance. I’m talking about Obi-Wan Kenobi. After all, Obi-Wan is the one who introduced Luke to the Force in the first place, right?

Well, apparently, we weren’t the only ones to think that, and the folks over at The Playlist were smart enough to ask Rian Johnson why Ewan McGregor wasn’t asked to return as the character. Johnson’s reasoning was incredibly solid, especially on a practical level.

“Believe me, man. I would have loved to have had Ewan McGregor in the movie but it was just a matter of storytelling. The original relationship with Obi Wan — obviously if Alec Guiness were still with us that would have made sense. But we never saw Luke ever interact with the Ewan version of Obi Wan, so there’s less of the emotional connection and it might have been a little odd. So, it made sense and we could recreate that character [practically], so it made sense that Yoda be the one that comes back and kicks [Luke’s] butt a little.”

Whether or not you hate Star Wars: The Last Jedi, it sounds like Johnson was on the mark with that one. While we do love us some Luke x Obi-Wan fanfics, the reality is that it would’ve been weird to see him alongside a younger, aged up McGregor. It would have likely rung false for fans and been a bit odd.

What do you think of Johnson’s decision? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: The Playlist

  • Ian Finnimore

    Naa, the fans know that sir Alec has passed & accept Ewan. It also canon that Anakin had a young force ghost..that Luke never met ..

    Rian doesn’t know any of that?

    More likely he NEVER thought of it at all or he shot down the idea – perhaps because Ewan has a sexier beard? Maybe Rian saw the toilet scene in trainspotting as a sort of “force projection” ot his own career after killing Luke Skywalker ..

    • Joseph Jammer Medina

      It had nothing to do with him not knowing what fans would accept, but intrinsically it would have been weird to see it play out, even though we KNOW McGregor played the character.

      • Ian Finnimore

        Ha ha,

        Yeah cos he’d proved to be very loyal to the Star Wars canon & characterisation so far – I’m sure non-child murdery Luke Skywalker talking to a younger Obi Wan was really going to upset the movie he had laid out in his head …

        • Child murderer? C’mon man

          That’s pure exaggeration of what happened. It’s sensationalising it

          • Ian Finnimore

            If you stand over a sleeping person with a weapon – intending to kill (changing your mind last minute) then it’s fair to describe it as child murdery I.e it’s exactly like one.

            That’s not Luke – it’s bad writing unfortunately.

          • Wait

            A. There was no child
            B. There was no murder

            There’s nothing more I need to add. Both points are fact, not opinion.

          • Ian Finnimore

            How old was Kylo supposed to be in the flashback? It’s probable he was a teen and teens are not adults.

            NU-Luke was thinking of killing him, like stood over him with a weapon drawn. Kylo & Luke both agree on his intent which is the reason Luke was ashamed …

            Spin it however you wish but it’s all there in it’s contrived glory – the fall of a hero. The actions of a cowardly dishonorable failure..


          • He’s turned to the dark side, he is lost…

      • I agree completely, Yoda would be the far more obvious choice for me as well. I know fans are angry, but in this instance I think Johnson got it right.

      • TheFrank

        Not that I’d ever want to paint you guys out of the corner that you’ve painted yourselves into, but why not just introduce CGI old Force Ghost Alec for a moment & then morph him into young Ewan McGregor Force Ghost? The Force Ghost effect would mitigate any Uncanny Valley visuals for the brief time that Alec Guinness was seen and it would be done quick.

        Hey! Disney! Call me! I’ll write you out of this jam!

        I’ve even got a snappy title for the next one: Star Wars: Episode 9: The Apology!

        • M@rvel

          LMAOOOO what a horrible idea….I think if I saw what you just suggested actually play out in TLJ, I might actually consider signing that pointless petition. I tolerated CGI Tarkin in Rogue One, but if I were to see a messy looking character like that show up in a sacred saga film…. I would hate it. Absolutely hate it. Especially if it looked as bad as Tarkin did.

    • TheOct8pus

      No way. Sir Alec Guinness or bust!

      • Yeah lets exhume him right away! I’m sure the CGI guys can put some meat back on those bones right?

        • TheOct8pus

          Maybe use his corpse like a puppet and mo-cap the rest?

  • CrystalClearTruth

    It doesn’t matter. The movie isn’t canon anyway.

    • Hando316


      • Hey, he signed that petition. Don’t laugh.

        Seriously though, it’s canon. There is no higher source of Canon than the movies.

        • TheFrank

          Actually, a George Lucas written and directed Star Wars is more canon than whatever Disney Wars is putting out.

          Sort of funny that the petition is up to, what? 30K signatures and climbing?

          Oh, that pesky Rebel Alliance… When WILL they LEARN…?!

  • Kindofabigdeal

    He should have split the different and made a puppet Obi Want Force Ghost.

  • Yeah just like how awkward it would have been if Luke had seen Hayden Christensen as Anakin rather then Sebastian Shaw? Oh wait….

    • Ian Finnimore

      Yet Ewan had more screentime as Obiwan than Sir Alec – I’d have been fine with him but yeah it was an impression of the real one that’s for sure.

  • Moby85

    I thought that Hayden Christensen’s Anakin should have been as a Force ghost. Why wouldn’t dad be giving advice? In fact, I was more hoping we’d see Anakin appear to Kylo and rock his world by explaining how the dark side is wrong, how it led to his demise and losing everything he loved, etc.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.