‘Star Wars VII’ Rumor: Ewan McGregor Returning as Obi-Wan, Wants Spin-Off Film

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Somewhere out there in the universe, a force is growing under a veil of secrecy and shadow – and not just any force, but THE force. We’re now two years away from the 2015 release of J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars Episode VII and we still know little-to-nothing solid about what Disney has planned for its big re-launch of Star Wars - other than the fact that some familiar faces will be returning to the franchise.

Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher are all locked in as Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Leia Solo, respectively – but recent rumors have suggested that other characters from the franchise’s past could be coming back as well. But the question remains: is revisiting the past a welcome bit of nostalgia, or is it the same kind of misstep that the prequel films made?

In recent days, Latino-Review has been dropping some big rumors about Episode VII; first came word that Emperor Palpatine will be returning – if only as the Sith equivalent of a “force ghost” – and now the website claims to have knowledge that Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi could also be coming back as a ghostly guide.

Though Obi-Wan’s ghost already played a role in the original trilogy (embodied by the late, great Sir Alec Guinness), as L-R correctly points out, Hayden Christensen was CGI-surgically implemented into George Lucas’ redux of Return of the Jedi in replacement of original Human-Vader actor, Sebastian Shaw. In that sense, McGregor’s slot in franchise is pretty secure, should the filmmakers choose to go in that direction. After all, for a younger generation of fans, McGregor IS Obi-Wan.

The more important question is: Should Obi-Wan return?

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Look, in my own opinion, I’ve never been a big fan of prequels/sequels that go out of their way to shoehorn every single familiar or fan-favorite character into the new narrative. Prequel appearances by characters like C-3PO and R2D2 (oh-so-conveniently present in the saga of Anakin Skywalker as they were in the saga of Luke Skywalker) still irks me almost as much as Jar-Jar Binks. On the other hand: an appearance by Ghost Palpatine is intriguing, since we’ve never seen Sith ghosts onscreen before –  and if we’re going that route, an appearance by trust-old Obi-Wan’s spirit doesn’t seem like all that bad of a cameo to me.

As a footnote to their report, L-R added that McGregor is apparently pushing for his own standalone film (Disney has since announced its intent to produce standalone Star Wars movies in between “episodes”). Not only do we think that would be a project with potential – we’ve already pitched a pretty good story idea for an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie. So, needless to say, we’re not opposed to that happening, either.

We’ll keep you updated as more details for Episode VII are slowly but surely revealed.

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Star Wars Episode VII will be in theaters in 2015.

Source: Latino-Review

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  1. How is this possible exactly? Isnt the new film after the old trilogy? After ben dies..

    • Force ghost. Maybe their forms are fluid and they can appear as whatever version of themselves they wish.

      • All they have to do is throw some old man make up on him, Ewan already has a nearly identical features.

      • Or the entire movie will be with him in Force Ghost form.

        • SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!!!!!

          • Word

  2. I have no problem with this. Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan was one of the few things that really worked for me in the prequels. It might be a little odd to go from Alec Guinness ghost to Ewan McGregor ghost when marathoning the saga, but here’s hoping they can pull it off really well.

    What I’m really hoping for is that Leia has something important to do to pay off the idea that she was the other hope for the galaxies survival. It would be great if she’s more than just a plan b in the universe.

    • great point

  3. Oh ghostly guide nvm lol

  4. Personnally, I would be interested to see Obi-Wan again (one of the coolest SW character EVER), but only if it’s Ewan McGregor, as a spin-off (in the Clone wars maybe), and if Hayden Christensen doesn’t appear in it, or does a very brief cameo.

  5. I love Obi-Wan. I definitely wouldn’t mind a cameo of some sort. Assuming it fits naturally and makes sense within the narrative, of course.

  6. A very long time ago, in an interview far away, Lucas suggested that the entire story, nine episodes long, would have two constants: the droids. So, for what it’s worth, they were never shoehorned into the newest trilogy.

    • +1

    • I agree. And i thought having them in the new trilogy was great because they weren’t just there for show. They still had a good part in the movies and it showed there back story. At least its not like the Hobbit movies putting LOTR characters in the movie for a familiar face.

      • Yes, their back story truly was amazing, I mean I loved the way it turned out Darth Vader built C3PO, that made perfect sense, everyone who watched the original trilogy all those years ago pictured that in their head. Or the way Obi Wan in A new Hope said he didn’t recognise R2D2 even though now thanks to the awful prequels he’s spent an entire 3 movies with him.

        Nothing about the droids in the prequels or the movies themselves made any sense whatsoever and Lucas did nothing but throw characters in for a familiar face, young Bobba Fett, Jabba the Hutt, young Greedo, etc etc,,, your comment is absolute nonsense.

        • Lol. Awesome comment.

    • They were shoehorned in, in the sense that the story-writing used to include them was horrible. Anakin Skywalker, a preteen slave boy on a backwater planet, builds a protocol droid? R2-D2 bothered me less, but the whole thing may just be a case of George Lucas’ master plan looking a lot better when we only saw a small slice of it that was made while working with technological, time and budgetary limitations.

      The battledroid factory is possibly the worst scene/sequence in the entire Star Wars film saga, IMO.

    • I’m glad someone said it. The droids are supposed to be the audience surrogate.

  7. Force Walking into the Past to see how things were to visit old friends to learn of the past and to gain insight on the future. A ability lost since the days of the KOTOR.

  8. Disney will do whatever it takes to make sure this is an epic movie worthy of the STAR WARS title. Of this, I am certain.

    • HELL YEA!!! just like the lone ranger and john carter!!!

      • +1 lol

      • I hear you. But I think of John Carter as being in many ways an example of what the Star Wars prequels should have been like (i.e. good, and tastefully using visual effects). The sad irony being that John Carter was the commercial failure, mere months before Disney bought Star Wars itself.

  9. When was the last time El Mayimbe/Latino Review said something and it actually happened in the movie? I’m not talking rumors I’m talking when he said “this and this is going to happen” and it actually HAPPENED IN THE MOVIE. The last time I remember him being right was with Guardians of the Galaxy.

  10. It’s an interesting concept. I must admit I did think it weird that Anakin got to be young again in the remastered Return of the Jedi and yet Obi Won and Yoda remained old. Why can’t they be young in their ghostly forms. I guess one answer would be that Luke is used to the older forms so they show themselves that way.

    It would be funny to see the reverse though. An aging Luke and a now younger Obi Won. Obi Won has always be Luke’s guide in life and death, it makes sense for him to continue that tradition.

    • Another answer would be: The force ghost forms take the same form as when the Jedi died. Obi-wan told Luke in ANH “…was a pupil of mine until he turned to evil, helped the Empire hunt down and destroy the Jedi knights. He betrayed and murdered your father…” Perhaps the young Anakin is when the Jedi died, and why the others remain old. If this is the case, they would have to make Obi-wan look like Alec to remain consistent.

    • It’s simple, Anakin was 24 when he fell from the light. Obi-wan and Yoda were really old when they fell. I felt that was one of the more sensible changes to the OT.

      • When he fell from the light???????? What nonsense are you making up in your head to justify bad decisions and bad writing. You are aware that Lucas put Hayden Christensen into the end of Jedi so little children who were only familiar with the prequels and cartoons would recognise him, you do realise that yeah.

        As far as the story goes,,,
        It was Anakin Skywalker who threw the Emperor over the railing at the end of Jedi. When he did that he ceased to be Darth Vader anymore and had turned away from the Darkside, that was Anakin Skywalker talkin to his son Luke at the end of the movie just before he sacrificed himself.

        It made perfect sense for his force ghost to appear to Luke in the form Luke had just seen him in, NOT AS A F***ING 24 year old who Luke wouldn’t even recognize.

        • +1 Without the cussing!

  11. Sir Alec Guinness is Obi-Wan to me and so much so
    I trouble accepting Ewan McGregor as the younger.
    I would have even more issues with him as ghost.

    • *had* trouble

    • I would enjoy an Obi Wan spinoff movie. I always felt that the biggest missed opportunity in the prequels were relegating the events of the Clone Wars to happening off screen! I know the toons have this stuff covered, but an Obi Wan Clone Wars spinoff would be AWEsome. ;)

      • Obi-Wan spinoff is an interesting idea.
        Ewan would be younger there so we
        have seen that and that can work.

        Mining Star Wars with prequels
        or going back in time for stories
        is tempting but can be overdone.

        Star Wars needs to look forward
        and get that right which means
        new characters as compelling
        as the original three icons.

        • I agree. My impression is that the spinoff films may be the territory they retread material and the sequels will establish new canon. Maybe that’s not been explicitly stated and I just interpreted that from previous announcements? IDK.

          • That is my general impression too though
            there is nothing official on that and they
            may still be hashing out the blueprint to
            use themselves with so many options.

            • As long as those options don’t include “Star Wars: A Baby Hutt’s Big Adventure,” I’m largely okay with it. ;)

  12. May the Force be with this film.

  13. Obi-Wan spin-off? Make it happen.

  14. Wouldn’t that weaken the force if he returns?…

  15. maybe they are doing a haunted mansion star wars mashup. everyone is ghosts!

    but seriously it’s not the dumbest thing ive ever heard to bring back some of these characters, but I want a new adventure

  16. So they’re only shoehorning the characters in if you don’t like those particular characters?

    That second to last paragraph really contradicts itself.

    • “shoehorn every single familiar or fan-favorite character into the new narrative”

      Not sure how you interpreted that as only disliked characters.

      • Maybe I didn’t say that correctly, “So they’re only shoehorning the characters in if you aren’t fond of seeing those particular characters? Even if those characters are central to Star Wars.”

        There is that better for you.

        The paragraph still contradicts itself.

        • No, that’s not better for me. That is not what Kofi said.
          You are reading things into his words that do not exist.

          • Fair enough.

            • And that’s fair too :D

        • For what it’s worth, I understood you. You’re talking about how Kofi said R2 and 3PO were shoehorned into the prequel trilogy. I agree with him, though. R2 was probably the only character from the original trilogy (other than Obi-wan, Anakin and maybe Palpatine) that felt organic to the story. Everyone else felt like they were there just to be there, especially 3PO and Chewbacca.

          • Kofi did indicate he disliked some characters used.
            The issue point was “only” the disliked characters.

            Anyway, too many are being shoehorned it seems.
            Time will tell how many and how well it is all done.

  17. Just make a good movie! Please, just make it good.

  18. These are the directions disney can go through after this trilogy. They can make a prequel to the prequels or a clone wars movie between the second and third film. I dont think it’s a good idea but just the options out there although i think a movie between the original and upcoming trilogy with them showing leia becoming a jedi and showing the relationship between luke and mara jade and when he went to the dark side under the reborn emperor. i think that would be a good path to follow.

    • Just want to remind you that Mara Jade in the films may never exist, nor a reborn Emperor. There is no reason to expect the writers to follow any canon laid out by any novels. George showed us this fact with the way he handled Boba Fett.

  19. Spaghetti against the wall.

    • They do seem to be getting pretty close to throwing that plateful.

  20. I think Kofi misses the most obvious way McGregor can appear in the new film(s) as OB1. As a flash back or holo recording. Something that shows him as the younger OB1 doing what ever it is he did that is important enough to showcase in the new film(s).

    My biggest fear in all this is, Hayden Christensen returning to play Anakin in any capacity. If Disney wants to score big points with the fans and must absolutely for some reason have Anakin/Vader in the movie, they must recast Anakin with another actor that can actually emote properly as a brooding soon to be baddest assed Jedi Killer in all of Star Wars history. Almost anyone could do a better job than Christensen. Im seeing perhaps Liam Hemsworth.

    As a side note, if we are bringing back old characters as their younger selves I just want to pitch my 2 cents for Tom Hiddleston as Tarkin. His got a similar profile to Peter Cushing and does a marvelous creepy malevolence that makes you want to squirm in your seat.

    And finally, again on the subject of returning characters, it would be a great service to us all, if two characters final fates were revealed officially on film.
    First Mace Windu. Losing a hand and falling a great distance barely winded Luke and he was far from even Jedi Knighthood. Mace Windu was a seasoned Jedi Master. Falling a couple hundred of feat through the skyways of Coruscant with only one hand probably didnt even phase him the least bit. I suspect he fell, was unconcious for a bit, Discovered what Vader and Sidious were doing and determined it was a good time to lay low for a long time. Where and when he finally bit it is anyones guess but it would make for an interesting story.
    And two is, dare I say it? Jar Jar. Yes he is despised by most fans and beloved by others (remember endor), but we never really get an idea of what happens to him. Some would love to see me spaced by Vader while others would like to see him old and retired trying hard to hold Naboo together in harmony and peace. Either way some closure would be very welcome.

    So there you have it. Some easy ways for Disney to help satiate the masses and return Star Wars to its once beloved stature as the Nerd Nirvana.

    • Sneaky Pete you’re brilliant man. Tom Hiddleston would play the perfect Tarkin!He looks just like him! I would suggest him play Tarkin in a clone war trilogy with Obi Wan’s character as lead. Hey just an idea.

    • Yes!!! Hiddleston as Tarkin is perhaps the most brilliant casting idea that I have heard in years. Man, that would be awesome. Kudos

  21. I say they have a Vader ghost that haunts Luke, like the one we see at the end of Return of the jedi is anakin’s good side, but anakins evil side, Vader, has his own incarnation:)

    • I say that’s the worst idea of all time. Seriously, are you suggesting they bring Hayden Christensen back? Did you not see the prequels. If not Christensen then what? A fully costumed Darth Vader as a ghost, chatting to a sixty year old Luke, is this some kind of Star Wars comedy or sketch you’re trying to come with here.

  22. 2 more hours of focusing on Ewbi Wan Macgregor? No thanks

  23. Well. McGregor as Obi-Wan is the basically only thing this side of Palpatine that impressed me about the prequels. And unlike Yoda or Boba Fett, and Obi-Wan spinoff is actually a good idea.

    The Force Ghost thing is an oddly convoluted situation at this point. Of course it makes sense to use McGregor in that capacity, what with Guiness being dead and all. However, the use of Christensen in place of Shaw is one of the most horrible, nonsensical things that George Lucas did in his generally nonsensical meddling with the original trilogy. At no point should Disney/Lucasfilm ever bring Christensen back into the films. That would be the ultimate faux pas.

  24. How about they have Ewan provide the voice and body motions for Obi Wan and place a CGI digital replica of Alec Gunniess’ head over Ewan’s. To have some continuity since this movie happens after ROTJ

  25. I’m pretty torn. I love McGregor’s Obi-Wan, and as long as they at least attempt to make him up to look Guiness’s age, I’d be all for him continuing to play the character in further sequels.

    BUT it would be next to impossible to justify his presence without including Anakin and Yoda as well. Why would Obi-Wan continue mentoring Luke,but not his own father. Nobody wants Christensen back. Even giving him the benefit of the doubt, with a script from a much better writer and a director who will actually direct, I still doubt Christensen can pull of the gravitas of a character who has gone on the life journey Vader did.

    And I’m also left asking if Luke would even need a mentor at this point in his life. He’s almost as old as Alec Guiness was during A New Hope, and in fact, because of the weird time inconsistencies between Revenge and Hope, Luke would in fact be older than Obi-Wan was when he died by about ten years. Luke fills the “wise old jedi” slot now. We simply don’t need Obi-Wan, from a narrative standpoint.

    To the people who suggest flash-backs. Please no. Star Wars has not used the flashback mechanic once during all six films. Let’s keep it that way, for narrative consistency.

  26. This just makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. Obi Wan’s force ghost is Alec Guinness. Why oh why would his force ghost all of a sudden be younger???

    I know it’s a concept created by good old Georgie boy so it makes absolutely no sense, but surely in this case a Jedi’s force ghost takes on the shape of the person as they were when they died. This makes perfect sense right? Like Alec Guinness in the originals and the way yoda came back at the end of Jedi as old yoda (or as yoda was when he died if you will), not some younger version of yoda. Why he put christenson in there at the end is something thats unexplainable and one of the biggest f**k ups in cinema history.

    • Exactly.

  27. There is no such thing as too much of Obi Wan. So yeah, give me a standalone film. Give me a standalone trilogy for that matter. He was the, best, the only good part in the prequels.

  28. It’s inevitable that C3PO and R2D2 will appear in the new Star Wars movies, and rightly so. Other than those two, no other character or actor from the prequels should be f***in anywhere near these new movies. (Could maybe justify a ghoslty appearance from Palpatine, but that’s about it)

    They’re tryin to make Star Wars good again remember. Enough with all this nonsense of young Obi Wan or Mace Windu coming back. Lets pretend the prequels never happened and just look to the future

  29. C-3PO and R2D2 were always going to be a part of the prequels. Lucas has stated that all the original stories feature those two characters, because the story is told from their point of view.

    • Eh yeah, the only thing is though, it’s not told from there point of view though is it, so that makes NOOOOOOOOOOOO,,, sense.

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