A while back a rumor surfaced that Obi-Wan Kenobi would be returning for the new J.J. Abrams Star Wars movies and that actor Ewan McGregor would be reprising the role. However, as amazing as it would be to have McGregor return to a galaxy far, far away, the actor recently told E! News that he hasn’t yet been contacted about playing Obi-Wan for a fourth time.
“They haven’t phoned me yet,” McGregor told me at the Toronto International Film Festival premiere of his new ensemble drama, August: Osage County.
But if they do, he said, “I’d be up for it.”
McGregor was asked while attending the Toronto Film Festival showing of his latest film August: Osage County. But while the actor has appeared in numerous films since starring in 1999’s The Phantom Menace, he is still best remembered as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequel films.
So far J.J. Abrams hasn’t officially cast a single role in the film but there have been plenty of rumors about who could be appearing. While not yet official, it’s believed that Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill will all be back for the new film with other younger actors being targeted for the children of the characters fans have fallen in love with.
If Abrams wants to put Obi-Wan in his first Star Wars film, McGregor is really his only option. Not only is he the latest actor to have played the role, he’s the only one still alive. Sir Alec Guinness died back in 1999 meaning McGregor is the last Kenobi standing and recasting the role makes little sense for Abrams, especially with McGregor up for reprising the role.