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«Star Wars» fans have been waiting for this for a long time, and this week the time has finally come: With » Obi-Wan Kenobi » Ewan McGregor returns in his prime role as the eponymous Jedi Knight. The series will premiere on Disney+ on May 27, 2022 and will consist of six episodes. It was originally conceived as a self-contained mini-series, but is there still hope for more seasons?
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We asked the main character that personally, and he answered surprisingly clearly. In the FILMSTARTS interview, Ewan McGregor tells us what makes «Obi-Wan Kenobi» different from the prequels, why he would still like to put on the Jedi robe even when he’s old, and what he thinks of the idea of a remake of «Star Wars: to shoot Episode 4:
MOVIE STARTS: How was it for you to return to your «Star Wars» role after such a long time and, above all, to work again with Hayden Christensen , who is also back as Anakin Skywalker aka Darth Vader?
Ewan McGregor: It was great to return to this character that I’ve had so much fun with in the past. I always thought there would be a good story between episodes 3 and 4. We spent a lot of time figuring out what kind of story that would be and developing it. It was quite a back-and-forth, but in the end I feel happy with it and confident that it’s a good story that fans will enjoy.
And it was great to work with Hayden again. I’ve always liked that a lot in the past. For episodes 2 and 3 we were in Australia together, far from home, spending a lot of time together also working on the fight scenes for those two films. It was wonderful to see him again and great to work with him again.
The new Stagecraft technology is the biggest difference
MOVIE STARTS: What was the biggest difference for you shooting Obi-Wan Kenobi compared to the prequel movies?
Ewan McGregor: We used a technology called Stagecraft. [note the editor: This was also used in the most recent series]. So we worked in a giant LED dome where the backgrounds are rendered on a moving screen. When we shot a scene in the desert, there was really desert everywhere you looked. And when the camera moves, the background changes perspective, it’s just amazing… Great technology and much more realistic for the actors because you don’t have to imagine [the backgrounds] anymore. You can just see it. You stand in the middle. That was the biggest difference.
[note Editor: The prequels were still shot in front of green and blue screens, i.e. in front of monochromatic green and blue backgrounds that were only replaced with the desired backgrounds in post-production, which required a lot of imagination from the actors.]
Of course, the first three films were directed by George Lucas , and on this series, it was Deborah Chow who directed all episodes. The director also makes a big difference. It was great working with her. She has a wonderful style and you could feel her vision through all these episodes.
Obi-Wan Kenobi: Interview with Director Deborah Chow (FILMSTARTS-Original)