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Ewan McGregor Confirmed That The New Disney Obi-Wan Kenobi Series Will Begin Filming In March

Ewan McGregor was on The Graham Norton Show yesterday and confirmed that the Disney+ series about Obi-Wan Kenobi will start filming in March. 2021!

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It’s the Obi-Wan Kenobi story, I suppose. It’s not all (about) me, but it certainly will be a lot of me, which is good! We start shooting it in March of next year.

Ewan McGregor said on The Graham Norton Show
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Amid the speculation, Twitter's All Things Kenobi surfaced a bit of solid news from British talk show The Graham Norton Show that Kenobi is about to take its first step into a larger world. "We start shooting in March of next year," McGregor told the host, adding with a laugh, "It's not all me, but it certainly will be a lot of me—which is good."McGregor also talked about catching up to Alec Guinness's age—which works well for where Kenobi falls on the Star Wars timeline. "The fun thing about doing them in the first place when I was much younger," he said, "was trying to imagine Alec Guinness. How would he play these scenes as a younger guy? And it led me to watch a lot of his early work, which I hadn't seen before… and I had such a great time just sort of studying him in those movies." This time, McGregor continued, "I'm much closer in age to him, and it will be my challenge to sort of meet him somewhere… I love Alec Guinness. I never got to meet him but I love him through his work, and it's a great honor to sort of try and pretend to be him but younger."After Kenobi was delayed over story concerns, confirmation of its imminent start is huge for Star Wars fans. Season one of The Mandalorian showed that not only could Star Wars be done for live-action TV, but it could be done incredibly well. McGregor's Obi-Wan was a highlight of the polarizing prequel trilogy, so moving him closer to the original trilogy while utilizing Mandalorian's next-gen technology could make Kenobi the most anticipated entry in the saga since The Force Awakens. Mostly it's great because, with all the delays, there was fear the Obi-Wan series might simply never happen. But if we know anything about Kenobi, it's that striking him down only makes him more powerful than we could possibly imagine.

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Ewan McGregor also said that he had never met Sir Alec Guinness, the actor who portrayed the original in Star Wars. However, to prepare for his take on Obi-Wan, he watched a lot of Guinness’s old movies.

I never got to meet (Guinness), but I love him through his work.

Ewan McGregor said on The Graham Norton Show
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The Obi-Wan Kenobi series is another one that was delayed because of the Coronavirus. They announced the show back in 2019 as a one season, six episode series.

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It takes place 8 years after ‘Revenge of the Sith’ and 11 years before ‘A New Hope’. I don’t know about y’all, but I have a super hard time with the back and forth in movies these days, my brain is so broken!

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‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ takes place in a time where the Jedi Order has nearly been wiped completely out. Are you excited about this?

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