Obi-Wan Kenobi is only a week away and fans are beyond excited to experience a new adventure with the Jedi Master. The series is set ten years after the events of Revenge Of The Sith, when the Jedi Order was destroyed with the few survivors, like Obi-Wan and Yoda, in hiding. The Empire is at the height of their power at this time, while Obi-Wan has been watching over Luke Skywalker as he grows up on Tatooine.
The Illuminerdi had the opportunity to attend the Obi-Wan Kenobi virtual press conference, which included director Deborah Chow along with two of the series stars, Ewan McGregor and Moses Ingram. During the virtual press conference Ewan McGregor shared a bit of insight into where Obi-Wan Kenobi is mentally and emotionally a decade after losing his Padawan, the Jedi Order, and the Republic.
EWAN MCGREGOR ON OBI-WAN KENOBI TEN YEARS AFTER REVENGE OF THE SITH
“I think because of what happens at the end of Episode III, Revenge Of The Sith. At the end of the third Episode the Jedi order are all but destroyed and those who aren’t killed have gone into hiding. And they can’t communicate with one another. So, for ten years Obi-Wan has been in hiding. He can’t communicate with any of his old comrades and he’s living a pretty solitary life. He’s not able to use the Force. So, in a way he’s lost his faith. It’s like somebody who stepped away from their religion or something.
The only responsibility to his past life is looking over Luke Skywalker who he’s delivered to, we see at the end of Episode III, to Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru. So, that’s his only sort of link to his past. So, it is just interesting to take a character that we know and love from Alec Guinness’ creation of the character in the 70s, this wise sage like spiritual man. And then the work that I did in Episode I to III, from the Padawan, from the student to the Jedi, to somebody who’s sitting on the Jedi Council. To take that Obi-Wan and take him to this more sort of broken place was really interesting to do.”
Obi-Wan Kenobi suffered an incredible amount of loss in Revenge Of The Sith. Losing faith especially while being isolated and unable to connect to the Force is an understandable tragedy. It will be compelling to see how Obi-Wan struggles with this in the series, especially as Darth Vader continues to hunt him across the galaxy.
Part of what is so exciting about the Obi-Wan Kenobi series is how it could show the character’s transition from the Jedi Master that fans know and love in the prequels and The Clone Wars, into the version of the character that Alec Guinness brought to life in A New Hope. Obi-Wan Kenobi is one of the most beloved characters in Star Wars. The upcoming series promises to dive deeper into this character than ever before. At this point in time, everything he knew fell apart when he was betrayed by his Padawan, who gave into the Dark Side. Digging into the loss and tragedy that Obi-Wan has experienced will surely give fans an even deeper understanding of the Jedi.
The first two episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi will debut on Disney Plus May 27, 2022 with subsequent episodes premiering every Wednesday. Are you excited for Obi-Wan Kenobi? What do you think about the Jedi losing his faith? Where do you think Obi-Wan Kenobi will be by the end of the series? Leave your thoughts in the comments below or on our social media and check back with The Illuminerdi for more Star Wars and Obi-Wan Kenobi.