Ewan McGregor “channeled Sir Alec Guinness” for the Obi-Wan Kenobi role

Ewan McGregor as Obe Wan

Obi-Wan Kenobi appeared in the first six Star Wars films, played by Sir Alec in Episodes IV-VI and then by McGregor in Episodes I-III.

McGregor will reprise his role in the upcoming Disney+ TV series Obi-Wan Kenobi, more than 15 years after his starring role in the three Star Wars prequels from 1999 to 2005.

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He said: “It all came from Alec Guinness, he’s got that joke behind his eyes, he had a twinkle.

Ewan McGregor at a photocall ahead of the release of the Disney+ series Obi-Wan Kenobi

“I think that’s in the writing, but I always try to think of him and feel him, hear him say the lines.

“That’s why I think the writing was so, so good at it, because all of his dialogue from the start felt to me like Alec Guinness could have said it, then I knew we were on the right track.”

The new Star Wars spin-off series begins 10 years after the events of the film Star Wars: Revenge Of The Sith, in which Kenobi witnessed the downfall and corruption of his best friend and Jedi apprentice Anakin Skywalker.

McGregor, who was born in Perthshire, said: “For 10 years Obi-Wan has been in hiding and living a solitary life, in a way he has lost his faith like someone who has lost his religion.

“It was just interesting, taking a character that we know and love from Alec Guinness’ creation of the character in the ’70s, this wise spiritual sage-like man, to take him to a more broken place, that was really interesting .

“It was interesting to be closer to Alec Guinness.”

The series also marks the return of Hayden Christensen in the role of the classic Star Wars villain.

Speaking of his relationship with the Canadian actor, McGregor said: “We were so close when we did episodes one and two together.

“We shot it in Australia, so both away from home and we trained so much together for the fights and then been on set together, but also because we were so far away from home we have a lot of time off work spent together – so we were close.

“Over the years we’ve lost touch, I hadn’t seen him for years but when I saw him again it was great.

“When we were filming together it was like time travel, looking at him on set it was like the last 17 years hadn’t happened.”

McGregor, 51, said it was a “long, slow process” and that he needed to work on his lightsaber moves and Kenobi voice.

He said: “Luckily we had months before we actually started filming, so I went back and did some homework while I looked at Alec Guinness and what I’d done in the other films.

“But playing him felt like he had always been there, ready to come out at any moment, just his voice needed a bit of work.”

The actor added that it was the Star Wars fans’ dedication to the films that convinced him to be a part of the next installment.

The upcoming TV series Obi-Wan Kenobi is part of a collection of live action Star Wars shows being made for Disney+.

Obi-Wan Kenobi will be available on Disney+ on May 25th.

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