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Obi-Wan Kenobi: Ewan McGregor felt ‘humiliated’ by idea of Disney casting someone else for Star Wars series

Ewan is back as the Jedi Master (Picture: Lisa Tomasetti/Lucasfilm/20th Century Fox/Kobal/Rex)

Ewan McGregor has admitted that he felt ‘humiliated’ by the idea that Disney would consider casting someone else to play the titular role in the upcoming Star Wars series Obi-Wan Kenobi.

At the 2019 D23 expo, it was announced that a series starring Obi-Wan Kenobi was officially in the works for Disney Plus, with Ewan returning to reprise his role from the prequel films.

Hayden Christensen is also set to return as Anakin Skywalker, otherwise known as Darth Vader, having played the young version of the character opposite Ewan in the second and third films in the trilogy.

Before the Obi-Wan Kenobi series was confirmed, rumours swirled around the fandom as to whether Ewan, 50, would come back to play the character, or if he would be replaced by another actor.

During a recent interview, the Birds of Prey actor addressed how he felt about the social media speculation.

‘I’d see stuff on social media like, “They better cast Ewan as Obi-Wan,” and I wasn’t able to say anything,’ he told The Hollywood Reporter, having been sworn to secrecy before his involvement was made public.

Hayden Christensen is also returning for the Disney Plus series (Picture: Lucasfilm/Fox/Kobal/REX)

‘But it was pretty humiliating to think that [Disney] might be thinking about casting someone else,’ he added.

While Star Wars fans are clamouring to see Ewan pick up his lightsaber once more as the fan-favourite Jedi Master, there were some who were not particularly fond of the prequel trilogy, which were released between 1999 and 2005.

Ewan said that it ‘was hard that they didn’t get well received’, admitting: ‘They were universally not very much liked.’

Earlier this month, fans went wild when they spotted the Scottish actor sporting Obi-Wan’s signature bushy beard, a sign that he could be preparing to don his Jedi robes for filming in the near future.

Vintage vehicle enthusiast Randy Carlson, a friend of Ewan’s, shared a picture of the actor in a workshop, with the Moulin Rouge! star crossing his arms while wearing a pair of dark jeans and a white T-shirt.

‘Yeah, that beard on Ewan is what I like to see,’ one person commented, while another wrote: ‘…the beard… it’s back.’

A release date for Obi-Wan Kenobi on Disney Plus is yet to be announced.


Credit: Original article published here.

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