Ewan McGregor will once again star as Obi-Wan Kenobi for a new Star Wars TV series, as confirmed by Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy.
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Deadline and Clinelinx reported earlier in the week that there were rumblings the 48-year-old Scottish actor would reprise his role as the Jedi Master in an untitled Disney+ TV series. These reports have now been confirmed, according to Digital Spy.
Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy made the announcement during the company’s presentation at Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, on Friday (August 23). She also confirmed that all the Obi-Wan series scripts have been written and production will begin next year.
Disney+ is Walt Disney Studio’s new steaming platform which is set to be unveiled on November 12 this year.
McGregor, who has not appeared in a Star Wars film since 2005’s Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, had been rumoured to reprise the role of Obi-Wan for some time.
The star has also previously spoken about reprising his role in 2018.
Speaking to reporters at the Golden Globes award last year, McGregor said: “I’d be happy to play [Obi-Wan] again.”
He added that he “[didn’t] know any more about than you do,” to reporters when asked about the rumours saying “there is a lot of talk.”
The J. J. Abrams-directed movie, which will serve as the final instalment of the sci-franchise’s sequel trilogy and the Skywalker saga, is set for release on December 20.
Speaking to IGN at San Diego’s Comic-Con over the weekend, Smith said he went to the set of the film in London at Abrams’ request and, whilst there, was promised big things by the production crew.
“There was this scuttlebutt about a set at Pinewood, a big set that [the crew] were like: ‘You have to see this. When you see it, it’ll melt your mind.'”