Star Wars: Ewan McGregor details taking INSPIRATION from Alec Guinness for Obi-Wan Kenobi

Star Wars is slowly but surely expanding its universe, years on from the release of the initial eponymous 1977 film. A prequel trilogy followed between 1999 and 2005, followed by the recent sequel trilogy from 2015 to 2019. And the franchise has not stopped there, with Disney Plus releasing TV series The Mandalorian in 2019, which gave some insight into how the secretive bounty hunter community worked, and indeed how the villainous Empire functioned after the fall of Darth Vader, shortly after the original trilogy.

Now another new and exciting series is coming to the streaming service, which will focus on legendary Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi (played by Ewan McGregor)

Obi-Wan was last seen in 2005, during Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, a film which was met with mixed reviews but still garnered an incredible $868.4 million at the box office.

In the conclusion to the prequel trilogy, Obi-Wan fought and defeated Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christiansen), prompting his transformation into the harrowing and iconic Darth Vader.

Chronologically, the character of Obi-Wan has been seen since in the 1977 film Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, where he was played by Alec Guinness.

The warrior also had a memorable story arc in the animated TV show Star Wars: Rebels earlier this year, where he finally had a rematch against Darth Maul (Ray Park), defeating him as payback for killing his master Qui-Gon Jin (Liam Neeson) in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

Obi-Wan will be returning in full-force in Disney Plus’ show dedicated to the warrior.

McGregor recently appeared on The Graham Norton Show where he discussed his return to the role, and how he is going to be taking inspiration from the original Obi-Wan actor, Guinness.

Upon being asked about the role, the 49-year-old said: “It is the Obi-Wan Kenobi story I suppose – it’s not just me in it, but there will certainly be a lot of me!”

The Scottish actor added: “I’m wracking my brains about what I’m meant to say and what I can’t say about it. What I can say is that we start filming in March next year.”

Another of Norton’s Guests, Frank Skinner, asked McGregor about getting closer in age to Guinness, who debuted the character’s story in the ’70s.

McGregor replied: “I am a huge fan [of Guinness] and had a great time studying him through his early films.”

The star went on to tease that he will be “meeting” Guinness’ performance as the notable character throughout the story.

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McGregor continued: “It is a fun thing to try and imagine him as a young guy.

“I am getting much closer in age to him so it will be my challenge to try and meet him somewhere.”

The differences between Obi-Wan in Episode III and Episode IV are jarring – so the upcoming story could finally bridge the gap between the films.

While McGregor is returning to the franchise after being away from it for 15 years, Rey Skywalker star Daisy Ridley has already ruled out a comeback.

Ridley recently spoke to Josh Gad about the final film in the sequel trilogy – The Rise of Skywalker, and she was asked if she would return “in ten years” if the opportunity arose.

Ridley said: “I mean, the world is a crazy place right now. Ten years seems an awfully long way away. I say never say never… but to me Rise of Skywalker was tied up with a bow.”

The Skywalker Saga is available on Disney Plus.

The Obi-Wan Kenobi series does not yet have a release date.

The Graham Norton Show airs tonight at 10.45pm on BBC One.

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