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The last time we saw Ewan McGregor as Obi Wan Kenobi was 2005 in the film Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. Destroyed by the betrayal of his best friend and Jedi apprentice, Anakin Skywalker, passed to the dark side of the force and transformed into Darth Vader, Obi Wan, on the asteroid Polis Massa, took leave of the saga created by George Lucas with this exchange of words with the master Yoda
Yoda: “Master Kenobi, wait a moment. During your retreat on Tatooine, train I thought I’d fartthe.”
Obi-Wan Kenobi: “Train?“
Yoda: “An old friend knows the way to immortality! A friend returned from the world beyond the Force: your ancient Master!“
Obi-Wan Kenobi_ “Here-Gon. “
Yoda: “How to communicate with him I will teach you!“
In the last scene of the film the master Kenobi, having landed on Tatooine, delivered a Luke Skywalker in swaddling clothes to his uncles Owen Lars (Joel Edgerton) and Beru Whitesun Lars (Bonnie Piesse).
And now McGregor comes back to draw his lightsaber in Obi Wan Kenobi. A miniseries in 6 episodes (set 10 years after the events narrated in Revenge of the Sith) airing on Disney + starting Friday 27 May with the first two episodes. After the premiere, the series will continue with one episode a week every Wednesday, until the final episode, arriving on Wednesday 2 June.
Obi–Wan Kenobithe cast of the series Star Wars
In addition to protagonist Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen, who played Vader in Revenge of the Sith, returns for the first time to play this role in Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Alongside McGregor and Christensen, the cast includes Moses Ingram, Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell and Benny Safdie.
Obi-Wan Kenobi is directed by Deborah Chow, who is also the showrunner and one of the executive producers. Executive producers also include Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Ewan McGregor and Joby Harold.
For the series, the director and Lucasfilm assembled an impressive team of filmmakers, which includes director of photography Chung-Hoon Chung, co-production designers Todd Cherniawsky and Doug Chiang, editors Nicolas De Toth and Kelley Dixon, costume designer Suttirat. Anne Larlarb, visual effects supervisor Patrick Tubach, stunt coordinator JoJo Eusebio, Natalie Holt, who handled the soundtrack for the series, and John Williams, who composed the original Obi-Wan theme.
The plot of the tv series Obi-Wan Kenobi
The Obi-Wan Kenobi event series tells an intense, emotional and atmospheric story built around the characters, which explores how Obi-Wan transformed from the prequel warrior hero to the Jedi Master from the zen attitude of the trilogy. original. The story is characterized by the adventure and spectacle typical of the Star Wars films.
While the series bridges the prequel trilogy and the original trilogy, it mostly builds upon the events told in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.
Ewan McGregor, who returns to the Star Wars galaxy and returns to play the venerable Jedi Master for the first time since Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, believes Obi-Wan is in a very different situation than the prequel trilogy. , both psychologically and spiritually. “We started with the idea that he was a broken person,” says McGregor. “He was a man destroyed by the experience of Order 66 and the fact of having lost faith. I thought it would be interesting to take him to a darker place and then, over the course of the series, to see him find his faith and go back to being the Obi-Wan we all knew and loved. “
“It’s a different time,” says Hayden Christensen, who returns to play the role of Darth Vader in the series. “The Republic has fallen at the hands of the Empire and Obi-Wan is forced to go into hiding. Vader is hunting down any remaining Jedi because they represent an opposition. It is an order issued directly by the Emperor, but for him it is much more than that: it is a personal matter. Inside himself, Vader constantly struggles with his personal identity: he tries to exterminate the Jedi to try to kill that part of himself “.
Any self-respecting story needs a great antagonist, and in Obi-Wan Kenobi’s case it’s the Inquisitors. Led by the Grand Inquisitor, the Inquisitors are hired assassins from the empire, who follow the orders of Darth Vader and are tasked with hunting down and killing all surviving Jedi.
In fact, the Grand Inquisitor had first appeared in the animated series Star Wars Rebels. People familiar with that series will remember this terrifying villain with a double-bladed red gyro lightsaber. He is the highest ranking Inquisitor and reports directly to Darth Vader. It is Rupert Friend who brings the Grand Inquisitor to life in Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Reva, played by Moses Ingram, is the “Third Sister” of the Inquisitors and an exceptionally skilled warrior. She is totally determined to accomplish the Empire’s long-standing goal: to eliminate all Jedi from the galaxy.
Ingram would never have imagined becoming part of the Star Wars universe. He admits that she was “very surprised” and states: “My reaction must have probably sounded rather stoic, but only because I was really surprised. I had seen Revenge of the Sith. And then I also saw the more recent films, with John Boyega and Daisy Ridley. But getting this role was a really crazy experience, because when I saw those films I never imagined I could be part of them. ”
Deborah Chow, the director of the series Obi-Wan Kenobi
Deborah Chow joined the series as a director after making her first foray into the Star Wars galaxy by directing two episodes of The Mandalorian, the premier Emmy® Award-winning Star Wars series created for Disney +. Chow had adapted in a very natural way to the innovative production mode and the narrative style of that series: this also made it perfect for this project.
“I had just finished directing a few episodes of The Mandalorian when Lucasfilm contacted me about Obi-Wan Kenobi,” says Chow. “This story is set 10 years after Revenge of the Sith. So we are halfway between the two trilogies: it is a very interesting period to explore, because not much has been developed ”.
He adds: “From the very beginning, the thing I loved the most about this project was that it was built around the characters. I found it really exciting ”. Chow admits that her experiences in The Mandalorian prepared her for Obi-Wan Kenobi. “I think I could never have made this series without first directing The Mandalorian,” says Chow, “for a variety of reasons pertaining to the world of Star Wars. I learned a lot from Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau. They were my mentors in this galaxy: they helped me understand the narrative style and tone that characterize Star Wars. And the second part of this preparation is about technology and Stagecraft, which I loved ”.
Like many of Obi-Wan Kenobi’s other cast members, McGregor has great respect for Chow, both as a director and as a leader. “He has all the traits of a great director,” he says. “His directions improve everything I do, making it more interesting and profound. He knows these stories and these characters like the back of him. She is also very confident and self-confident. I’ve never seen her stressed or panicked. He leads his team on the front line. He manages to create a really great atmosphere on the set. It was a pleasure to go to work every day ”.
“He can do anything,” agrees Christensen. “You have a very complete set of skills, both as a filmmaker and as a storyteller. She is very good with the actors and with the development of the characters. She understands the story very well and therefore she is able to equally effectively package dramatic scenes, action sequences or suspenseful moments. You know perfectly all the tools of the cinematographic art ”.
Moses Ingram agrees that the success of a film or series always depends on leadership on the set. “It’s a situation that starts from the top,” he comments. “You can’t create a healthy work environment if things aren’t healthy at the top. And she has done a truly wonderful job of cultivating this safe vibe, creating a set where everyone is helpful and kind. You can see that you are dedicating all of yourself to your work “.
EWAN MCGREGOR and HAYDEN CHRISTENSEN: From Star Wars to Obi-Wan-Kenobi
McGregor, who confesses to being particularly fond of the original seventies and eighties trilogy having grown up with those films, found that, over the course of nearly two decades, the generation that grew up with prequels developed a very similar nostalgia towards the three films. of Star Wars in which he starred.
“The younger generations love the films Hayden and I made – they grew up watching those films,” he says. “I was delighted to find that the work we did on those films is very much loved and appreciated. During my preparation for this series, I reviewed all nine Star Wars movies to return to this world, and it was great to review our three movies. I liked them very much “.
Christensen also realized the growing appreciation of the prequels he starred in, and the way their power has stood and grown over the years. “Star Wars has the power to impress,” he says. “It’s amazing to think of the enormous significance these films have for so many people. These films remain current because they allow us to discover a lot of things about ourselves and the world around us. We learn to distinguish good from evil and realize that being a hero means sacrificing yourself for something greater. And these were the foundations that allowed other people to join this galaxy and tell new stories set in the Star Wars universe ”.