There's a big gap between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, and Star Wars fans have spent decades hoping that period would be explored. The likes of Star Wars Rebels and Rogue One have started delivering on that, of course, but it's Obi-Wan Kenobi we've really been waiting for.
It's because of that Ewan McGregor has spent years fielding questions about possibly reprising the role of Obi-Wan. While it looked like he would get a movie at one point, creative issues led to that becoming a Disney+ series which will be helmed by The Mandalorian director Deborah Chow.
Talking to Total Film (via CBR), McGregor said it "was nice to come back and to bridge that gap between me and Alec Guinness['s version from A New Hope]. I got as much, or more, out of playing him this time than I did in the first three movies put together. That’s to do with the writing, and the people we were making the series with, and the technology, and how different everything is."
As for whether the door is open to playing the Jedi Master again or if this is truly the end for him in this Galaxy Far, Far Away, McGregor shared a response that's bound to make fans happy...and leave him fielding those same questions all over again. "[If] we were to get an opportunity to do it again," he said. "I’d be totally up for that."
"I’m very happy to be able to make people happy," McGregor later added. "People wanted this spinoff, whether it was going to be a movie or a TV show, and I’m so happy to have been able to do it. I understand, maybe more, people’s love for Star Wars. It’s an important part of my life, and whether I like it or not, that’s the case. But I do like it. So it’s great."
There are definitely other periods in Obi-Wan Kenobi's life that could be explored, particularly during this 20-year period. The original plan for this series was reportedly to pit the Clone Wars hero against Darth Maul, and that's a rematch we'd kill to see play out in a future live-action project.
Obi-Wan Kenobi premieres on Disney+ with its first two episodes on May 27.