Ewan McGregor's return to the #StarWars franchise has been rumored since the announcement of new films from Disney. And while McGregor himself may claim that the idea of appearing overly-keen to reprise his role as Obi-Wan is slightly "humiliating", he's certainly dropped quite a few recent hints that would indicate otherwise.
With the details of the last anthology film yet to be announced, an Obi-Wan film is entirely possible. McGregor has said that he'd love to do a film set between Episodes III and IV, based around Obi-Wan's retreat to the desert dunes of Tatooine:
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Return Of The Kenobi?
So will we be seeing McGregor back in his Jedi robes once more? Let's take a look at the evidence:
1. Denying The Rumors
When asked on Twitter if he was really "in talks for an Obi-Wan movie", McGregor was quick to shut it down:
However, he did add that he was still keen to be involved in a future Star Wars film, even if Disney hadn't contacted him. It should also be noted that this tweet is from August 2015— who can say what's happened since then?
2. He's Already Contributed To The New Trilogy
Of course, Disney did actually contact McGregor not long after that tweet, requesting his involvement in The Force Awakens. You might not have seen Obi-Wan in Episode VII, but you certainly heard him: He was the guiding voice for Rey during her intense vision:
The line McGregor provided was "these are your first steps". When asked about the voice work on Jimmy Kimmel Live, he joked that he'd "been waiting for the call to come for two years!"
Unfortunately, it looks like McGregor has already had his (less than) 15 seconds of fame in the new trilogy. But is that really the last we'll see (or hear) of Obi-Wan?
3. Recent Hints
His involvement in The Force Awakens doesn't necessarily rule out an Obi-Wan solo film; If his social media activity is anything to go by, he's more eager than ever to return to a galaxy far, far away.
Like many ex-Star Wars actors, McGregor still proudly flaunts his Jedi affiliations. During a recent trip to Poland, he posed next to a display of toy lightsabers:
But that wasn't all. He posted yet another photo of some more Star Wars merchandise he'd stumbled upon— is this a big hint of things to come?
Of course, the former Jedi could just be nerding out in the wake of Rogue One like the rest of us. But then there's this: Just two months ago, McGregor revealed his casting choice for Obi-Wan's new apprentice, if another trilogy were to happen:
Young padawan Tom Holland being mentored by Obi-Wan himself! Can you imagine?
4. Playing The Publicity Card
There may actually be a hidden agenda to McGregor's relentless suggestions of an Obi-Wan film. The Scottish actor has been a very busy bee, with upcoming roles in Beauty and the Beast, Trainspotting 2 and Season 3 of Fargo.
He also made his directorial debut with American Pastoral, which premiered September this year to average reviews. Not only does this busy schedule possibly rule out any room for another Star Wars film, but it also adds weight to the possibility that McGregor is trying to drum up publicity for himself in order to turn attention to his more recent work. Considering it's been 20 years since the release of Trainspotting, it's hardly surprising.
But his motives aren't entirely selfish. Aside from his screen work, McGregor is an avid activist and supporter of a number of charities, including UNICEF. He frequently tweets about social causes, and has participated in long-haul motorbike rides to promote awareness, as well as to provide immunisations to remote communities.
If people are trawling his social media feeds to find even the slightest clue of his return to Star Wars, they're bound to skim over a fair bit of information on some important social issues. It's basically an ongoing Jedi Mind Trick:
Do you think Ewan McGregor will be given another shot at playing Obi-Wan Kenobi?