What Ewan McGregor Thought When He Saw Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi in Revenge of the Sith

Even if you're no longer one of the stars of a long-running franchise, chances are people will still ask your opinion on how said franchise is currently progressing. Such is what happened recently with Ewan McGregor, who played Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. Like a lot of people last month, McGregor watched Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and while the movie has received polarizing reactions from fans, McGregor thoroughly enjoyed the movie. The actor expressed his approval as follows:

I saw the new one over Christmas and I thought it was really, really beautiful.

After winning a Golden Globe last nigh for his performances in Fargo this past season, Ewan McGregor spoke with a group of reporters backstage at the Golden Globes ceremony, where he briefly gave his thoughts on Star Wars: The Last Jedi (via THR). McGregor last appeared on-screen as Obi-Wan Kenobi in 2005's Revenge of the Sith, but it's still nice to hear his thoughts on the latest installment from a galaxy far, far away. Although Episode VIII continues to be debated in the Star Wars community (and likely will remain so until Episode IX comes out), overall critical reception has been positive, and the movie has already made over $1.2 billion worldwide.

Ewan McGregor briefly reprised Obi-Wan Kenobi for a voice cameo in The Force Awakens, where his words, along with archived audio from the late Alec Guinness, were heard during Rey's Force vision. However, it's possible that we may see McGregor back on the big screen reprising the Jedi Master in the coming years, as it was reported last year that an Obi-Wan Kenobi standalone movie in in development, with Billy Elliot's Stephen Daldry in talks to direct.

However, Lucasfilm has yet to officially comment on this movie, and when asked about if he's been approached to play Obi-Wan again, McGregor responded that he doesn't know anything more than we do. McGregor has expressed interest in the past about revisiting Kenobi, and assuming he was to star in this project, presumably it would take place between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, when Kenobi was on Tatooine. But until McGregor hears if Lucasfilm wants him to don the Jedi robes again, it sounds like he's comfortable enough being a spectator with these new Star Wars movies like the rest of us.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is still playing in theaters, and Episode IX will conclude this trilogy on December 20, 2019. Keep checking in with CinemaBlend for the latest updates concerning the Star Wars franchise, and for those wondering what movies will be arriving in theaters over the next 12 months, you can find release date information in our 2018 premiere guide.

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