Since the launch of Disney+, Star Wars fans have been treated to hit shows such as The Mandalorian, The Bad Batch, and The Book Of Boba Fett.
But for several years fans have been shouting one name, almost in unison – Obi-Wan.
Ewan McGregor’s portrayal of the bearded Jedi master in the Star Wars prequels in the early 2000s was highly praised, with questions lingering over what happened to him between 2005’s Revenge Of The Sith (Episode III) and A New Hope (Episode IV) in 1977, after his, let’s say disagreement, with Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen), who would later become Darth Vader.
But now McGregor and Christensen are both back as galactic foes in the Star Wars universe’s latest show, the aptly named Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Speaking to Sky News’ Backstage podcast, Christensen said receiving the call to get back to work as the Jedi lord turned Sith was “thrilling”.
“I was so excited to get that call.
“I had heard about this project for a while, and then being asked to be a part of it was exciting for me.”
He added: “The whole experience was quite surreal and very emotional for me.
“And reuniting with Ewan was just amazing. Seeing him again as Obi-Wan was quite the spectacle.”
In 2005, at the end of Revenge Of The Sith, we only see Christensen in the Vader costume for a brief period (David Prowse played him in the original trilogy, with the voice of James Earl Jones), but this time Here, the 41-year-old gets to wear the costume for real – something he said he relishes.
“Putting the suit on for the first time was an incredible feeling,” he explained.
“It sparked a lot of feelings for me and I was able to kind of apply that to the work I had to do.
“I was really excited to be able to explore the character at this point in her life – and it’s a time that hasn’t been explored yet.”
But what is Vader’s role in all of this?
“He’s a very complex character,” admits Christensen.
“There’s a lot going on under the surface. There’s still a lot of inner conflict and there’s a kind of identity struggle that he’s trying to reconcile.
“A lot of that has to do with… his relationship with Obi-Wan and his relationship with the Jedi Order as a whole. So as he continues his missions to hunt down the remaining Jedi to kill them, it’s very personal for him.”
No press preview episode has yet been released for the show, but the trailer promises a big story – complete with lightsabers brandished, stormtroopers marching and bounty hunters dispatched, plus a small appearance from what appears to be a very young Luke Skywalker.
We also see brand new characters in Obi-Wan Kenobi – namely Reva, AKA The Third Sister, played by Moses Ingram.
A nod to the Star Wars Rebels show and the Fallen Order video game, the Sisters are High Inquisitors used by Darth Vader to track down his enemies.
Ingram told Sky News that stepping into the Star Wars universe as a villain was “fun”.
“It’s really fun. And being bad, but having power behind your badness, is crazy.
“The things we had to do…were super cool.”
The cast and crew are keeping the script under wraps for now, so when pressed, Christensen and Ingram didn’t give much away.
Ingram said the show was a “dope ride” and that it was “cool that people could come back to it every week”.
“I think it’s something different than what people are used to for this story. But, man, I really think people are going to like it. I don’t want to assume for anybody, but it was fun to do.”
Meanwhile, Christensen promised “big surprises” to viewers, simply adding, “I think this is another great Star Wars story and it’s really Star Wars fashion.”
Obi-Wan Kenobi begins broadcasting starting today with two episodes, followed by weekly episodes every Wednesday.
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