Another day, another Star Wars, Episode VII casting rumor. This time the folks at Latino Review (where do they get this info and exactly WHO are their sources!?!) are reporting that four independent sources are reporting Ewan McGregor is returning to reprise his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the upcoming 2015 mega blockbuster.
They also speculate that he will be returning as a Force Ghost à la Alec Guinness, Yoda and Anakin Skywalker in the original trilogy (the whole Force Ghost thing was largely abandoned in the prequels for some reason). Those other deceased Jedi might as well make an appearance in the new film while they’re writing in characters who have died, yet still need to have a contrived presence in the film.
The site also says McGregor is interested in one of those stand-alone films that Lucasfilm has teased about since Disney’s purchase of the George Lucas-founded production studio.
McGregor is a fine actor, don’t get me wrong, but his role as Obi-Wan was largely wasted in the prequels and unless Disney plans on remaking those films, there really is nothing left for the character to do on screen. By Revenge of the Sith, he was already a member of the Jedi Counsel and granted the rank of Master and General. His exploits during the Clone Wars are well documented in the animated television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars and by the time Episode VII begins, Luke presumably will be a Master (on the level of Yoda and in need of little guidance) and will have little need for old Ben. He’ll mean next to nothing to any other character (new or familiar), so what exactly will he be doing in this film?
Obi-Wan Kenobi, as a character in the series, has been tapped out in terms of dramatic purpose.
We must remember to take these unconfirmed rumors simply as that and remember that we have yet to hear anything official from Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy (new series producer and Lucasfilm head), director J. J. Abrams or writers Michael Arndt or Lawrence Kasdan.
Until I hear for sure from them of these casting rumors, I won’t fully express my disappointment in bringing back so many familiar faces, but my cautious optimism for Episode VII can’t help but dwindle ever so slightly whenever I hear these rumors.
What do y’all think? Should Episode VII feature so many familiar faces or do you guys think the story of the sequel trilogy should feature a larger group of newer ones?
The film presumably will go into production at the beginning of 2014 and is slated for a summer 2015 release.