It's not a new rumor, but the suggestion that Obi Wan Kenobi - as played by Ewan McGregor - will be returning to our screens in an upcoming Star Wars movie is rapidly proving that it won't go down without a fight.
Which, seeing as McGregor himself seems incredibly keen, isn't really all that surprising.
That, though, doesn't mean we're any closer to actually seeing Obi Wan on screen again - since, when asked recently by MTV whether an Obi Wan appearance (or spin-off) was on its way, McGregor had this to say:
“No! I’m still waiting for the call! Seriously! I wouldn't lie to you - I would give you some code...Literally, I have had nothing. Nothing.”
So, as things stand...
Obi Wan ISN'T On His Way Back to the Star Wars Movies
And, even if he was, it sounds as though McGregor is pretty sure it would be in a solo movie, rather than the new sequels:
“I don’t know how it could work, because I don’t know what those stories are...I never discussed them with George [Lucas] when we made ours, so I have no idea what the three storylines are...I suppose, after my last one, after ‘Episode III,’ I become Alec Guinness, and then Alec Guinness is cut down by Lord Vader, and goes into [The Force]. But then, if he came back from there wouldn’t he be Alec Guinness? Why would he suddenly be me? I’m talking myself out of a job here, which is a silly idea,”
Though, since Hayden Christensen was able to return as Anakin at the close of the remastered Return of the Jedi...
...there doesn't actually seem to be too much stopping it from happening with Obi Wan, too.
In fact, the biggest obstacle Obi Wan may face when it comes to returning may actually turn out to be the fact that...
McGregor Just Slammed THAT Lightsaber
Yup, that one.
Asked about the recently released Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens trailer, McGregor revealed that his first response was...pretty darned negative:
“I saw it over someone’s shoulder, I was watching on a film set, I watched it like that...And I saw the hilt come [out], and I went: done...You don’t need hilts! If you have a lightsaber, you don’t need a silly hilt. Hilts are for– Anyway, I won’t say it. “We managed very well! The Jedi Order managed very well without hilts for hundreds of millions of years!”
Which all sounds suitably tongue in cheek, as you'd expect from the reliably amusing McGregor - but his final line may have hurt his chances a little more:
"That's a very Disney thing, the hilt, I think. That's a bit Disney, isn't it?"
Which, again, as you can see from the video below, was all very much said in jest - but you have to wonder whether the folks at Disney - who would, ultimately, be paying his salary on any Star Wars movie - will appreciate that particular jab...
What do you guys think, though? Will Obi Wan return to our screens any time soon? And, if so, how'll it happen? And, of course, do you agree with McGregor's assessment of THAT lightsaber?