Ewan McGregor WILL play Obi Wan-Kenobi in Star Wars spin-off series

Ewan McGregor
Ewan McGregor (Image credit: Jesse Grant)

The actor announced the news at Disney’s D23 Expo yesterday.

Ewan McGregor confirmed that he is set to reprise his role as Star Wars Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi in an upcoming Star Wars spin-off series, which will air on Disney’s new Disney+ streaming service.

‘It’s been four years of saying, “Well, I don’t know,” he told fans at the convention. ‘Now I can say, “Yes, we’re going to do it!”’

The Scottish actor played Obi-Wan in the three Star Wars prequel films, which began with 1999’s Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.

Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy revealed that filming will begin in 2020. ‘We have all the scripts written,’ she confirmed. ‘We’re ready to start shooting next year.’

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Fans have been waiting for McGregor’s character to return since his last appearance in 2005’s Revenge of the Sith. Plans for a standalone film in which he would reprise the role were reportedly shelved when ‘Solo’ failed to cause a stir at the box office.

Two other live action Star Wars series have also been announced: The Mandalorian, which will star Pedro Pascal as a bounty hunter on the planet Mandalore, and a series featuring Rogue One’s Diego Luna as Cassian Andor, are both set to launch on the Disney+ platform.

The new Disney+ service is set to launch in the US on 12th November, rolling out across the world over the next two years. Viewers can also look forward to a new Muppets series, Marvel superhero films, a Lizzie McGuire reboot and even nature programmes.

Excited fans took to Twitter to celebrate, with a post from the official Star Wars Twitter account getting more than 25,000 retweets and 75,000 likes within a matter of hours. ‘This is truly the best news of the day,’ wrote one. ‘Obi-Wan is the best, Ewan is the best, I’m so happy,’ another added. ‘I am freaking out here,’ wrote another. ‘We have been blessed thank you Ewan,’ said a fourth fan. ‘I’ll take 8 hours of Obi-Wan goodness over 2 hours any day,’ a fifth agreed.