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Obi-Wan Kenobi Series gets a Entertainment Weekly Cover, Stills and First Teaser

Obi-Wan Kenobi Series gets a Entertainment Weekly Cover, Stills and First Teaser

Obi-Wan Kenobi got a flood of firsts today. First magazine cover, which will also be the last print issue of Entertainment Weekly, Stills AND the First teaser. See it all below.

Obi-Wan Kenobi series premieres on Disney+ on May 25th which is also the 45th Anniversary of the very first Star Wars Movie, Episode IV – A New Hope).

Ewan McGregor on Entertainment Weekly as Obi-Wan Kenobi

Obi-Wan Kenobi Poster

Obi-Wan Kenobi Poster

The first Poster for Obi-Wan Kenobi Series, premiering on Disney+ on May 25th has been released:

Ewan McGregor in Obi-Wan Kenobi Poster for Disney Plus Series

Obi-Wan Kenobi gets release date and Ewan says series is “really going to satisfy Star Wars fans”

Obi-Wan Kenobi gets release date and Ewan says series is “really going to satisfy Star Wars fans”

Obi-Wan Kenobi series on Disney+ has gotten a release date for May 25th. New interview view Forbes:

17 years since he last played the wise Jedi Master up on the big screen, actor Ewan McGregor will soon breathe new life into his beloved Star Wars character in the highly-anticipated Obi-Wan Kenobi series that just announced it will premiere May 25 on Disney+.

I spoke exclusively with McGregor, 50, at Forbes while promoting his new Expedia Super Bowl ad airing this Sunday. When I asked him what he could share right now about his feelings playing Obi-Wan and what it was like suiting back up in his iconic robe once again, he says, “Oh my gosh, well I loved playing him again. I mean it’s quite interesting, after the experience of making the first three films and living through sort of their reception in the world, which wasn’t always glowing, I have to say. And then now, meeting the generation who we made those films for, the children then – and now, people in their late teens or early twenties, those people who were kids who we made those films for, they loved them. To them, they’re their Star Wars films, you know? For us, it was the original films of the ‘70s, but for them, it was our films were their Star Wars. So to step back into his shoes again now and do a series, a whole series about Obi-Wan Kenobi for those fans, it just makes me really happy.”

McGregor was first seen as Obi-Wan Kenobi in Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999), followed by Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002) and lastly in Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005). The storyline will continue after Episode III in the form of six brand new episodes on Disney+.

When speaking about the filming process of this new series, McGregor says, “It was a great experience. Deborah Chow directed all the episodes and she’s really good. She directed a couple [episodes] of The Mandalorian and she’s a really great director. She really knows the Star Wars world, inside out, far more than I do (laughs). We just had a great time. I think it’s no secret that Hayden Christensen comes back and we got to play scenes together again as Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker and it was just fantastic to work with him again. I’m not going to give away anything else about the storyline, only I think it’s really going to satisfy Star Wars fans. I always felt there was a story between Episode III where I finished playing Obi-Wan in the movies and Episode IV where Alec Guinness is Obi-Wan Kenobi. The [Obi-Wan Kenobi series] writers and Deb and I and everyone, I think we crafted or they crafted a very fine storyline. I think people are going to like it.”

In reality, McGregor may not be traveling off to a galaxy far, far away, but he is making exploration a priority in his life today. Most recently, he has teamed up with Expedia to encourage the world to focus their time and money on experiences, rather than on stuff.

McGregor tells me, “I don’t find myself guilty of needing the latest iPhone or needing the latest television. I’ve never really been like that. I love traveling and my hobbies tend to revolve around things that can take me places. I really daydream about trips and I’ve been lucky to ride [my motorcycle] all around the world with my friend Charlie and make documentaries of those trips to inspire other people to maybe do the same thing.”

He goes on to tell me that his mentality with work and business changed when his Netflix limited series Halston (a role in which he won an Emmy for just last year) shutdown in the middle of production in March 2020 when the Covid-19 lockdowns began. With production not starting up again until September 2020, McGregor says that gave him an unusual amount of quality time with his family at home, something that has changed his perspective on where he chooses to dedicate his time most in this current chapter of his life.

“I was lucky to shoot the Star Wars series here in LA, where I live, and so I was able to go home every night and home every weekend. A huge portion of my life has been spent away – away from my family, working in lots of interesting places but also I’ve often spent my weekends sitting in a hotel room on my own. It was a revelation to be off during that time and now me and my family can plan exciting trips once things properly open up again. Spending more time at home and more time doing the things that I love. That’s why I love this [Expedia] commercial at the end. We’ll look back and regret the places we didn’t go or the experiences we didn’t have.”

With McGregor’s newfound outlook on life, he has even found a way to mix family with filmmaking. He goes on to tell me that he just shot a movie that one of his daughters Clara starred in, wrote, and produced. The project allowed McGregor and her to play father and daughter on-screen together, something he recalls as an amazing experience.

With more promising performances on the horizon for McGregor and an elaborate list of past projects admired by moviegoers, I wrapped up our conversation by asking him what thoughts go through his head most these days when he reflects on his decades of making memorable films.

“Just how lucky I’ve been,” McGregor reveals. “I really have been involved in some lovely projects and there’s sort of wonder to it. I like films like Big Fish and Moulin Rouge – they’re sort of dreamers films, you know? They’re big, proper movies that tell great stories and with really great people. To get to play for a living, I count my lucky stars every day – I love it! I’m so happy with all of the work I’ve been able to do. There’s no favorites for me. They’re all stepping stones, they’re all important, they all taught me one thing or another.”

Ewan McGregor Addresses Obi-Wan Kenobi Script Problems: ‘It’s Not As Dramatic As It Might Seem’

Ewan McGregor Addresses Obi-Wan Kenobi Script Problems: ‘It’s Not As Dramatic As It Might Seem’

Ewan attended a fan event for “Birds of Prey” tonight and talked to Variety about the delaying of Obi-Wan Kenobi Series shoot. Here’s a video and the article from Variety.

Shooting of Disney Plus’s Obi-Wan Kenobi has been pushed to next year following the news that show’s writer is being replaced.

“I think we start shooting early next year as opposed to summer this year,” Ewan McGregor, who will reprise his role of Obi-Wan Kenobi in the series, told Variety at the “Birds of Prey” fan event at Hollywood and Highland. “I think the scripts are great. They’re in really good shape. They want them to be better. I think we keep our same airdate. All good.”

Sources told Variety just a couple of hours before the event that Disney Plus and Lucasfilm are looking for new writers following the departure of scribe Hossein Amini.

McGregor insisted the upheaval is as “dramatic” as fans may think. “I didn’t realize until we got here tonight and everybody is going, ‘Oh, my god!’” McGregor said. “But it’s not really as dramatic as it might seem.”

Director Deborah Chow, who helmed part of Jon Favreau’s “The Mandalorian” series for Disney Plus, is still attached to the Obi-Wan series. McGregor played the Obi-Wan in the three “Star Wars” prequels.

The actor confirmed in August that he would be star in the series, while Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said that all of the scripts had already been written.

‘Obi-Wan’ Disney+ Series on Hold as Crew Sent Home

‘Obi-Wan’ Disney+ Series on Hold as Crew Sent Home

This could be seen as bad news or good news. I see it as good news, cause it means they want to do it right. Better wait longer and get something truly amazing.

Last week, troubling rumors began swirling about the upcoming Disney+ series revolving around the character of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Ewan McGregor is poised to reprise his role from the Star Wars prequels in a story set eight years after the events of Revenge of the Sith. Screenwriter Hossein Amini (Drive) and director Deborah Chow (The Mandalorian) were tapped to spearhead the series, and production was on pace to begin this year. These rumors hinted at potential trouble behind the scenes, and while we’re hearing the show isn’t cancelled, we are hearing that it’s been delayed.

Two independent sources with knowledge of the situation tell Collider that the Obi-Wan series has been put on hold, as the crew that had assembled at Pinewood Studios in London was sent home. A timeframe was not given, but the crew was told that the show would be down “indefinitely.”

We’re hearing that Lucasfilm president and Obi-Wan producer Kathleen Kennedy was not happy with the scripts. Sources tell us that what will most likely happen next is the scripts will be reworked with the hopeful goal of reassembling this summer, but there’s always the possibility that that timeframe could shift.

It sounds like Kennedy would rather ensure that the story being told with this Disney+ series is as good as it can be on the page before they roll cameras, and rather than move forward with hesitations, she’s asked that they go back and rework what’s on the page. This makes a lot of sense, as Lucasfilm has a history with troubled productions recently. Rogue One was rewritten and reworked during filming, with Tony Gilroy spearheading reshoots that spanned most of the third act, and Solo: A Star Wars Story directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller notably exited that film in the middle of production, with Ron Howard coming in to take over.

This Obi-Wan delay also comes on the heels of a chilly reception for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the third and final film in Lucasfilm’s new sequel trilogy. Not only has the concluding chapter in the Star Wars trilogy earned the worst critical reception of any Star Wars movie thus far, it’s on pace to be the lowest grossing film in this new trilogy (although to be fair, it’s still crossing $1 billion at the box office).

The Obi-Wan series actually began its life as a feature film, which Stephen Daldry (The Reader) was on tap to direct. But after some development, Lucasfilm decided instead to expand and adapt that planned story into a TV series for the Disney+ streaming service.

Lucasfilm is being tight-lipped with regards to its future film plans beyond a Kevin Feige-produced feature, a new trilogy from Rian Johnson that’s still in development, and maybe a Taika Waititi Star Wars movie. But production is already underway on Season 2 of the hit Disney+ series The Mandalorian. The second season of the well-received live-action show is due to be released later this year, once again under the tutelage of Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni. And indeed Obi-Wan director Deborah Chow not doubt landed that plum gig after showcasing her talents helming the standout third and seventh episodes of The Mandalorian Season 1.

There’s a lot of great potential in this Obi-Wan series, and while it’s not great news that there’s been a delay, it likely comes as a relief that Kennedy and Co. are taking their time to get this particular series right.