After the Emmys, Ewan McGregor couldn’t help but let slip that his own series, the upcoming Disney+ Obi-Wan limited series, has finished shooting.
Many people hated the Star Wars prequels when they came out but all those kids who grew up watching them are now adults and thirsty for more prequel content. You don’t have to look on the internet for very long to find a massive meme community built around the prequels. It’s both a genuine and ironic love, in the same way people enjoy movies that are so bad they’re good. But if there’s one aspect of the prequels that people seem to unanimously love, it’s McGregor’s portrayal of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Disney are well aware of this and officially confirmed an Obi-Wan series in August of last year. Filming didn’t begin until March however due to the pandemic but apparently the production has finished shooting McGregor has confirmed.
At the Emmys, McGregor said,
“We finished shooting our series, and it was really, really good fun — I really enjoyed working with Deborah Chow. I think it will not disappoint. I think it’s gonna be good. I had a really good time making it, and worked with some really wonderful people, lovely people. The new technology we employed doing it is cool, and it was a different experience than making the original three films that I did.”
The new series will take place on Tatooine ten years after the events of Revenge of the Sith. What’s got fans additionally excited is the return of Hayden Christensen as Darth Vader despite many media outlets calling it a bad idea given Christensen’s performance in the prequel trilogy. It seems unfair to single out Christensen for a bad performance in a trilogy full of bad performances (ahem, Natalie Portman). Likely the blame is poor direction and writing from George Lucas rather than the actors themselves who have almost all proven themselves either before or since the prequels – again, Natalie Portman has won an Academy Award for her performance in Black Swan despite Star Wars.
However, we will just have to wait and see but considering Star Wars’ success on streaming, despite increasing hostility to the current release of films, we might have a gem on our hands.
There’s no date for release yet but more than likely, Star Wars: Kenobi will be released in early 2022.
In case you missed it, we took a look at the new Schumacher documentary and found it a little bland but competent.