“This is a dark time for him,” Deborah Chow said in a virtual interview. We’re not used to seeing this character like this, so it was a good start for the show. »
Indeed, the Obi-Wan Kenobi we saw in the 2000s prequels was funny, mischievous, and generally upbeat in the face of danger. At a press conference, Ewan McGregor, who returns to the role in the series, mentions as inspiration the “spark in the eyes” of Alec Guinness, which gave rise to the role in the first Star Wars, in 1977.
But after the events ofEpisode III—Revenge of the Sith, the spark flickers. The trilogy concludes with a duel between Obi-Wan and his former apprentice Anakin Skywalker, which leaves the latter dismembered and disfigured. He will be reborn in the armor of Darth Vader and bring the Empire’s reign of terror to the entire galaxy.
Between the time Anakin was left for dead and his first artificial breath, Obi-Wan was able to witness the tragic birth of his former friend’s twins. He inherited the task of protecting the boy by going into exile on the planet Tatooine. Obi Wan Kenobi takes place about 10 years after this series of horrific moments and just under 10 years before Princess Leia called for help.
“In developing the script, we wanted to show how Obi-Wan went from the pain and horror of Revenge Of The Sith, while shouting “You were my brother, Anakin”, to the calm and inner peace of Alec Guinness in A new hope reveals Deborah Chow.
Something obviously happened in those 20 years to get to this point and that’s when we felt like we had a story to tell.
Deborah Chow, director
The Canadian director was also motivated by the possibility of a narrative starring a single character. “The tone is different, but the idea is similar to jester or in Logan, as we take a character from a vast universe and take the time to tell their story in depth. In addition, he feels that “Obi-Wan is a particularly interesting character, because he is mythical and adored by many people, but deep down, we know very little about him.”
An unsuspected love for the anteepisodes
When it was released in 1999, Episode I – The Phantom Menace it was shot down by critics and, above all, it disappointed many Star Wars fans who had been waiting for a new movie in the galaxy far, far away for more than 15 years. The next two chapters weren’t really convincing either.
However, as Ewan McGregor illustrated at a press conference, many children grew up watching these films. I will never forget the first time I saw A new hope and the love he had for early Star Wars when he was younger, the Scottish actor recalls. Later, when kids from the pre-episode era grew up and started telling me they liked these movies, he did me a lot of good. It really helped me and that’s definitely one of the reasons why we’re here today. »
Deborah Chow also realized how popular the prequels are, especially since the start of the show’s promotional cycle.
“A whole generation has grown up with these films and to feel the love they have for them is moving. The director, who obviously saw the prequels Many times, he considers Ewan McGregor’s performance to be one of the best aspects of this trilogy. “He is such a warm character. Ewan gives him great humanity, thanks, among other things, to his humor”, emphasizes who shot two episodes of the first season of the mandalorian.
Obi-Wan, Luke, Vader (Hayden Christensen also reprises his role) are well known, but The Inquisitors, seen in the trailer, a little less so. Their leader, The Grand Inquisitor, was created in 2013 for the animated series The Clone Warsthen he was the main antagonist in the first season of Rebels. He is played by Robert Friend (the young victory) inside Obi Wan Kenobi. He and the other members of his team harness the Force and hunt down the last Jedi on behalf of Darth Vader.
“I was very happy to adapt these characters in live action, and more particularly Reva, who is played by Moses Ingram. She’s a young woman working on the dark side of the Force and it’s interesting because there are so few women on the dark side, especially in live action,” says Deborah Chow.
Moses Ingram admitted at a news conference that “it’s a lot of fun being bad.” The actress we saw in the series. The Queen’s Gambit He was also happy to be able to appropriate the character, even in his hairstyle, to “allow children who want to dress up to have characters that look like them.”
The first two episodes will air on Disney+ on Friday, May 27, and the following episodes, one per week, will air on Wednesdays through June 22.
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