Joel Edgerton teases a possible return as Uncle Owen in the Obi-Wan show for Disney+. The actor first played the role in 2002's Attack of the Clones, and later made a brief cameo near the end of Revenge of the Sith, as Obi-Wan drops the newborn Luke Skywalker off at the Lars homestead on Tatooine. Since that time, Edgerton's seen his profile grow, appearing in films like Warrior, Zero Dark Thirty, The Great Gatsby, and others. He's also tried his hand at directing, calling the shots on features The Gift and Boy Erased.
After years of speculation regarding an Obi-Wan project of any kind (be it a spinoff movie or a TV show), Lucasfilm finally confirmed the Disney+ series at D23 in August, with Ewan McGregor making a surprise appearance onstage. Plot details are, unsurprisingly, being kept under wraps for the time being, but it has been revealed the show is set eight years after Revenge of the Sith, with Obi-Wan in exile on Tatooine. That means McGregor may not be the only prequel actor returning for the show.
In an interview with the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Edgerton was asked about coming back to the Star Wars galaxy. He was extremely coy in his response, but hinted it's something that's in the cards:
"There is a very real possibility. There's potentially an assassin on a rooftop just outside the window if I say the wrong thing. I'd love to say all sorts of things. I'm just not going to."
Edgerton's quip about rooftop assassins underscores he is not at the liberty to openly discuss his potential involvement with Obi-Wan, but savvy fans can probably read between the lines and predict that he is indeed going to be part of the show. Viewers will recall McGregor made similarly cryptic statements about his own return to the franchise prior to the official announcement. Disney, of course, likes to control the information rollout, and they most assuredly have a plan in place for unveiling the full Obi-Wan ensemble. Since production isn't going to begin until 2020, the studio is probably still in the process of casting principal roles.
Given the timeline of Obi-Wan, having Uncle Owen appear on the show makes sense. Star Wars canon has fleshed out Obi-Wan's exile on Tatooine, detailing animosity Owen feels towards the Jedi. Kenobi and Lars did not see eye-to-eye on what's best for Luke; Obi-Wan obviously felt the boy was destined for great things, but Owen wanted to protect his nephew from the Jedi. Even if Owen doesn't have the largest role on the show, it could still be interesting to see interactions like that onscreen, adding new layers to both characters. Much like how Rogue One enhanced parts of A New Hope, it would be nice if the Obi-Wan show did the same. Including scenes where Obi-Wan and Owen come to blows over Luke's future could go a long way in achieving that.
Source: Happy Sad Confused