Star Wars actor Ewan McGregor claims Disney+’s Obi-Wan Kenobi series will ‘feel so much more real’ than the prequel films ever did
Ewan McGregor has claimed his forthcoming Disney+ Star Wars show on Obi-Wan Kenobi will ‘feel so much more real’ than the prequel series ever did.
The actor, 50, discussed the franchise with The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday, detailing how advances in technology will impact the show in comparison to The Phantom Menace, Attack Of The Clones, and Revenge Of The Sith.
In the prequel films, which were released from 1999 to 2005 respectively, director George Lucas was keen to add more and more CGI, a factor that was blasted by fans and critics alike when the films came out.
Intriguing: Star Wars actor Ewan McGregor claimed in an interview on Wednesday that Disney+’s Obi-Wan Kenobi series will ‘feel so much more real’ than the prequel films ever did
At the time physical sets and backdrops were replaced with bluescreens for the CGI, and Ewan reflected: ‘After three or four months of that, it just gets really tedious — especially when the scenes are… I don’t want to be rude, but it’s not Shakespeare.
‘There’s not something to dig into in the dialogue that can satisfy you when there’s no environment there. It was quite hard to do.’
But the Obi-Wan Kenobi series will use a process called StageCraft, which was used in The Mandalorian and was pioneered by co-creator Jon Favreau.
Candid: In the prequel films director George Lucas was keen to add more and more CGI using bluescreens, which Ewan (pictured as Obi-Wan) said was a ‘really tedious’ process as an actor
The technology drops characters into realistic virtual backgrounds by projecting them onto a massive LED screen, creating the illusion that the actors are on location.
Ewan explained: ‘So if you’re in a desert, you’re standing in the middle of a desert. If you’re in the snow, you’re surrounded by snow. And if you’re in a cockpit of a starfighter, you’re in space. It’s going to feel so much more real.’
In March, Disney+ announced the cast of their upcoming series, revealing Joel Edgerton, Kumail Nanjiani, and a slew of others will be joining Ewan and Hayden Christensen in the upcoming Disney+ series.
Thoughts: The Obi-Wan Kenobi series will use a process called StageCraft, which projects realistic virtual backgrounds onto an LED screen which will make it ‘feel so much more real’
Ewan and Hayden’s involvement in the series was already previously announced, with McGregor returning as the titular Obi-Wan and Hayden, 39, playing Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader.
Moses Ingram, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell, and Benny Safdie are also joining the line-up of stars.
The upcoming series is set a decade after the events of the Revenge Of The Sith, and is believed to see Obi-Wan square off against Anakin once more.
These are the co-stars you’re looking for: In March, Disney+ announced the cast of the series, revealing Joel Edgerton, Kumail Nanjiani, and others will join Ewan and Hayden Christensen
Last year, LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy described the rumble as ‘the rematch of the century.’
Many fans assumed that Obi-Wan and Anakin didn’t meet again until he had fully transformed into Darth Vader in the first Star Wars movie, 1977’s A New Hope, when Obi-Wan was played by Sir Alec Guinness.
Since there is roughly a 30-year gap between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, there was certainly the possibility of their paths crossing again, which has now been confirmed.
‘It was such an incredible journey playing Anakin Skywalker,’ said Christensen in a statement.
‘Of course, Anakin and Obi-Wan weren’t on the greatest of terms when we last saw them.
‘It will be interesting to see what an amazing director like Deborah Chow has in store for us all. I’m excited to work with Ewan again. It feels good to be back.’
Conflict: The upcoming series is set a decade after the events of the Revenge Of The Sith, and is believed to see Obi-Wan square off against Anakin Skywalker (Hayden, right) once more