Ewan McGregor is finally returning to the Star Wars universe with Obi-Wan Kenobi. After almost 20 years of absence from the franchise, fans are excited to see the actor pick up his lightsaber once again.
After the poor critical reception of the prequel trilogy, many believed Ewan McGregor would never return to Star Wars again. However, as the internet started to become enamoured with the early 2000s Star Wars films, it was clear McGregor was beloved in the role.
The Mandalorian made Ewan McGregor love Star Wars
In a Variety video, McGregor and Mandalorian star Pedro Pascal interviewed each other on acting in Star Wars. During the interview, Ewan McGregor explained that Pascal's show reignited his love of the franchise. He said:
“It pulled me back into the Star Wars world, The Mandalorian series, in a way I didn’t expect. It blew me away how much I loved it. I just came directly from our set on the Kenobi series, and I’m working with so many of your crew from The Mandalorian. In fact, Deborah Chow is directing all of our series, and I know she directed episodes of your first season.”
Transcribed by CBM
For many, The Mandalorian is their version of the Star Wars prequels. After the Disney trilogy, fans and newcomers alike are re-exploring the galaxy far, far away. While the new Star Wars shows aren't as meme-worthy as the prequels, they're far more polished technically.
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Obi-Wan’s VFX are a breath of fresh air
When Ewan McGregor was filming the prequel trilogy, VFX relied heavily on blue and green screen. Most behind the scenes footage of the prequels show rooms covered in blue and green. For The Mandalorian and Obi-Wan Kenobi, the process has been completely overhauled.
Instead of blue and green screens, actors are filmed against a huge LCD screen. Using the video game engine Unreal Engine, VFX environments are played behind the actors while they're acting. In response to this new way of filming, Ewan McGregor explained that it's much better than the days of old.
“I’m having such an amazing time down there with that incredible technology, and not being in front of too much green screen and blue screen.”
The Obi-Wan Kenobi show is expected to release next year.
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