Obi-Wan Kenobi: Ewan Mcgregor says ‘it was like some sort of time warp’ about reuniting with Hayden Christensen after 17 years; director Deborah Chow compares the origin series to Joker and Logan

The Star Wars limited series Obi-Wan Kenobi is all set to debut on Disney+ in just a few days. The series brings back Ewan McGregor as Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi and Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker aka Darth Vader. The series will detail the event of Obi-Wan’s life in the span between the 2005 film Star Wars: Episode III-Revenge of the Sith and the original 1977 film Star Wars where Obi-Wan fights his former apprentice Anakin nearly to death. However, Anakin was rescued by the evil Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) who cageed him in a dark suit making him turn into the evil Darth Vader. His son Luke was given to a couple to be brought up with Obi-Wan overseeing his upbringing (something that we see in the series’ trailer). Now, in a virtual press conference with McGregor, director Deborah Chow and Moses Ingram which attended, the actor spoke about reuniting with Hayden.

Talking about being back on the sets with Hayden, McGregor said, “Oh, great. I mean we just were so close when we met the first - we made Episode II and III together and we made them in Australia.  So, we were both away from home and we had so much time training for the fights together and then, being on set together. But also, because we were so far from home, we spent a lot of time outside of work together as well.  And so, we were close.  And then, over the years, I guess, we had slightly lost touch. I hadn't seen Hayden for years. So, when I saw him again and was able to talk about this project with him, it was very, very exciting. It was great. And when we were acting together, it was really like some sort of time warp.  Really like looking across at him on set was like the last 17 years didn't happen at all, you know. It was really peculiar.”

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Deborah also spoke about the relationship between the lead characters of the series and said, “I think, you know, when we were developing the material and we were really looking at the character of OBI-WAN and looking and going, you know, what was important in  his life, what are the relationships that were meaningful.  And obviously, the history coming out of the Revenge of the Sith is so strong and it's so powerful that it really felt like, for us, that, you know, obviously, there'd be so much weight coming into this story that was connected to Anakin Vader. So, I think it just felt natural that, obviously, it would be Hayden and that, you know, we would continue this relationship in the series.”

Deborah also revealed about what really drew her into exploring Obi-Wan’s story and said, “I think I was the most excited about getting the opportunity to do a character different story.  You know, in a similar way, you know, obviously it's a different tone, but something like Joker or Logan where, you know, you take one character out of a big franchise and then  you really have the time and you go a lot deeper with the character.  So, that to me seemed really exciting to get to do in Star Wars.”

Obi-Wan Kenobi also stars Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Sung Kang, Rupert Friend, Indira Varma, O'Shea Jackson, Jr. and Kumail Nanjiani. The first two episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi will debut on Disney+ on May 27, with the remaining episodes set to air weekly for the following four weeks.