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Obi-Wan Kenobi Rumored for ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’


The latest Star Wars: Episode VII rumor comes courtesy of Latino Review, which cites “three close sources” as saying Ewan McGregor will return to the franchise as the Force ghost of Obi-Wan Kenobi. According to the article, McGregor’s representatives have not responded to a request for comment.

Yes, if true, that does seem to create a bit of an awkward situation, given that the Obi-Wan ghost in the classic trilogy — which takes place before the new film, chronologically — was played by Alec Guinness, in his 60s at the time, and McGregor is 42. Latino Review suggests that, given that Hayden Christensen was edited into the end of Return of the Jedi as Anakin’s Force ghost for the 2004 DVD release, there’s something of a precedent — or, it could be as simple as makeup artificially aging McGregor to the appropriate point.

As always, it’s important to remember this is an unconfirmed report based on anonymous sources, and no official cast announcements have been made. It does appear that McGregor is at least open to returning to the role, however, as he told Digital Spy in December that he’d be happy to be in the new Star Wars films if they needed him.

Star Wars: Episode VII, the first film in the franchise since Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm, is scheduled for release in summer 2015.

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  • Richard Casey

    If they’re gonna do this, PLEASE age him up. It’s easy to do with make up or digital effects, and it’d be nice to have that particular bit of Jedi mythology make at least a little sense.

  • DarkMatterXM

    Why not go with a CGI of Alec Guinness?

  • Ra Armentia

    Exactly. Use Ewan’s voice, but keep a digital Alec. It would help keep the continuity in both respects.

  • Chuck777

    And thus begins the slow destruction of the EU.

  • Sentry616

    Emperor clone my aching ass.

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  • Chuck777

    There are good parts to the EU and there are bad parts but on the whole the EU is the best thing to happen to Star Wars since the Empire Strikes Back.

  • Sentry616

    I will not hear a bad word spoken about the Ewoks! Those teddy bear lookin motherfuckers were a seriously determined and effective gureilla fighting force!
    Seriously though very little of the EU ever really “felt” like Star Wars to me. Something about the tone was a little off.

  • DarkMatterXM

    I’ll drop by and get it. ;)

  • Sentry616

    You bring the booze, I have the lube.

  • Chuck777

    The Zahn books, the Rogue Squadron books, many of the Anderson books all felt like Star Wars to me. The KOTOR games and The Legacy Comics definitely felt like Star Wars, even if they didn’t have (many) of the original characters. As you get into the New Jedi Order era and beyond, things start feeling less like classic Star Wars and more like a modern take on it, if that makes sense.

    I’m worried JJ’s interpretation of Star Wars will be as off/not right as the Star Trek Into Darkness was for Star Trek.

  • Chuck777

    Why would you age when you are a force ghost?