JJ Abrams says Ewan McGregor makes a secret cameo in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

Director also explains why so many questions are left unanswered in 'Episode VII'

JJ Abrams has revealed that actor Ewan McGregor makes a cameo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The director revealed that the Scottish actor recorded new lines of dialogue for a key flashback scene involving Daisy Ridley’s character Rey.

The scene in question takes place at Maz Kanata’s castle after Rey finds Luke Skywalker’s old lightsaber hidden in a box.


She experiences a vision of what appears to be Luke’s Jedi Academy, as well as herself as a young child.

The voices of both Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda can be heard, with the former telling the young scavenger: “Rey… these are your first steps.”

“We asked Ewan McGregor to come in and do the line,” Abrams told Entertainment Weekly. “And he was awesome and we were very grateful. He was incredibly sweet and handsome, and all that stuff. Then he rode off on his motorcycle. Literally the coolest voiceover actor ever.”

He explained that McGregor’s voice was spliced with that of the late Alec Guinness, who played Kenobi in the original movies, in post-production.

“I said, ‘That’s cool, is that the thing from Ewan McGregor?’” said Abrams. “He [one of the post production crew] said ‘No, we took a line from Alec Guinness saying ‘Afraid’. They cut it, and you hear the performance – he’s saying it the way I would have begged Alec Guinness to have said it. It is so crazy perfect. So when you hear Obi-Wan talk to Rey it is both Alec Guinness and Ewan McGregor doing the voice.”

Abrams also moved to reassure fans as to why the movie appears to unravel so many loose ends, yet fails to tie any of them back together.


“Everyone who has seen these movies thinks about ‘I am your father …’ and ‘There is another…’,” the director said. “But neither of those things were in [1977’s original] Star Wars. Star Wars didn’t say Luke was the son of Vader. Star Wars didn’t say Leia was the sister of Luke. You didn’t understand what these references were: the Empire, dark times, clone wars. There were these things that were discussed that don’t get explained. George [Lucas] dropped you into a story and respected you to infer everything necessary to understand what you need to know.

“This is the first of a series. There is a story to be told. And it will be.”

Meanwhile, John Boyega surprised fans over the weekend when he made shock appearances at a series of public screenings of Episode VII.