Ewan McGregor has played Obi-Wan for almost 23 years, debuting in a galaxy far, far away in The Phantom Menace in 1999. For many people, he is the character, with his acting regarded as one of few universally appreciated parts of the Prequel Trilogy. Tomorrow he’ll make his much-anticipated comeback in Obi-Wan Kenobi, but has admitted that Alec Guinness in the Original Trilogy is always at the back of his mind.
In the words of Han Solo himself, Guinness added gravity to the cast and made some of the franchise’s most renowned remarks. Though he was notoriously dismissive of Star Wars as a whole, Guinness delivered some of the series’ most iconic lines and gave it gravitas. McGregor has acknowledged that he based his performance on Guinness, which continues today. He told The Project
“[Obi-Wan] is always Alec Guinness to me. When I play him, I always have to have a sense of Alec Guinness,” he said. “And now I’m closer to him in age — I didn’t realize he was 63 when he made [Star Wars] … I’m getting closer to that age now. As I get closer to him, I have to be more like him, I suppose.”
Based on the footage, it appears that McGregor is aging to resemble McGuinness in the mid-1970s, which should make any chronological Star Wars viewing a snap. It’ll be fascinating to see whether Lucasfilm tries to squeeze in extra Obi-Wan adventures before A New Hope, as this “crazy old hermit” has apparently traveled around the galaxy a teeny bit more than fans had previously assumed.
There’s a lot of excitement, but there’s also some trepidation about a possible retconning of A New Hope. Prior to this program, Vader and Obi-Wan’s fight was considered to be the first time they’d met since Mustafar, so any change to that may ruin the moment. I’m hoping it doesn’t happen
Tomorrow, May 27, Disney Plus will debut with Obi-Wan Kenobi.