Ewan McGregor has given an update about the forthcoming Star Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi spinoff series, revealing that production begins this spring in LA.
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The actor, who last portrayed the legendary jedi in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005), will reprise his role in the Disney+ show, which currently has no release date.
However, McGregor confirmed to comedy star Eddie Izzard on Monday (February 1) that filming is slated for this spring in LA – something he said he’s finding “more exciting” than his stints in the Star Wars prequel trilogy.
“We start making it in the late spring and we’re gonna be shooting it here in LA and not – it’s so funny, every week, there’s a new report,” McGregor told Izzard over video call for the comedian’s #MakeHumanityGreatAgain marathon fundraiser.
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“My dad was sending me links, saying, ‘I thought you were shooting it in LA’ because there’s another tabloid expose that we’re shooting it in some bizarre town somewhere. Then we’re meant to be making it in Boston and then we’re meant to be making it, no, it wasn’t Boston, it was Boston, England. But we’re not. We’re shooting it in LA” [quotes transcribed by ComicBook.com].
McGregor then spoke of his excitement returning to play Kenobi more than 15 years on.
“It’ll just be great to do it again. It’s so funny, I did my last one in 2003  and it’s such a long time ago and the idea of doing it again now is just more exciting than it was then, I think,” McGregor said.
“I’m thrilled to get the chance to play him again. I’ve always felt there was a story between my ones and Alec Guinness’ ones and that’s what we’re gonna do. It should be really interesting.”
Elsewhere in the interview the Trainspotting actor said the series is set to utilise a similar shooting style as other Star Wars live-action spinoff series, The Mandalorian.
“We’re shooting it much in the way The Mandalorian series was shot. We’re using some of that technology. I really liked it and I liked the format of it. I liked the Western nature of it, it’s an old-fashioned TV Western. It’s brilliant.”
The actor, who played the Jedi Master in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (1999), revealed he was unaware that fans had been campaigning for his character to return – but was “up” for the proposal.