Why Star Wars' Ewan McGregor Really Didn't Love Keeping Obi-Wan News A Secret

Ewan McGregor as Obi-wan Kenobi with a lightsaber

You’d think most of the stuff (relax, I said most!) that comes with playing a popular Star Wars character would be positive. After all, fans (typically) adore you, you get to play in the costumes and language of a galaxy far, far, away and you get to leave behind a lasting legacy of work. But there’s still a part of Star Wars that Obi-Wan Kenobi actor Ewan McGregor finds a bit uncomfortable: The secrecy.

In fact, at the premiere for the only somewhat secretive Doctor Sleep, Ewan McGregor told press that he would have really preferred to tell Star Wars fans about the upcoming Disney+ Obi-Wan series right away. He said:

I'm not really brought up that way. I'd much rather be honest with people. But the studios are, and the franchises are, understandably secretive. And they want to keep everything a secret till they want it released.

All I really have to say about this comment is that he should be pretty happy he’s not in the MCU right now. Seriously though, I’d imagine that fretting over spoilers is not something an actor thinks about when he or she decides to get into the profession. Particularly for someone like Ewan McGregor, who was making movies before everything he said and did was scrutinized on the Internet. Such is life.

Luckily, once the cat was out of the bag, Disney seemed happy to let Ewan McGregor talk about the project, at least a little. The actor has already given us some details about the upcoming series, including the fact it will fall between Episode III and Episode IV in the timeline.

We first learned that Obi-Wan would be making a comeback via TV at D23 earlier this year and since then, the project has joined a slew of others coming to Disney+ in the months after it launches on November 12. Still, the project does not have a title yet – at least one we know of – and it will likely be a while before Ewan McGregor is able to spill more secrets.

Honestly, however, in his comments (via The AP), he just seems relieved he can bring it up at all.

Now [that] the cat is out of the bag that we're doing again, I'm really excited about it. It's a really phenomenal storyline that we're going to tell

Let’s just hope he doesn’t accidentally livestream part of the premiere.

The fanbase has been clamoring for more from Obi-Wan Kenobi for years, particularly given a movie looked like it was in the works for a while. (Ewan McGregor also recently confirmed this TV series started out as a film idea.)

Meanwhile, Disney+ is inching even closer to launch and we've already learned quite a bit about which family-friendly projects are set to appear there. If you haven't perused the list yet, there's plenty of stuff for Star Wars fans, but also a whole lot more coming. Take a look.

Jessica Rawden
Managing Editor

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