Ewan McGregor Chats With Eddie Izzard: Confirms Obi-Wan Kenobi Show Will Start Filming In Spring
Ewan McGregor joined Eddie Izzard on the recent episode of the comedian’s charity show. The two actors discussed the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series on Disney+. During the conversation, McGregor confirms that the Obi-Wan Kenobi series will start filming this May in Los Angeles. This is exciting news for Star Wars fans who have been waiting decades for a live-action Obi-Wan focused title. Let’s dig into McGregor and Izzard’s conversation to see what other tidbits we can glean about the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series.
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Eddie Izzard and Ewan McGregor Team Up To Make Humanity Better
Eddie Izzard has been conducting an interesting live-stream charity event in an effort to “Make Humanity Great Again.” According to Izzard’s website this is “a rallying cry for a campaign to create a better, fairer and kinder world for everyone.” Over the course of 31 days the comedian will run 31 virtual marathons from her home treadmill. Izzard impressively has enough stamina to also hold full conversations with actors and celebrity friends during this exercise.
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Ewan McGregor was the guest for Izzard’s most recent episode. And it is no surprise that he signed on to chat. The two actors go way back, having starred together in the 1998 glam rock-opera Velvet Goldmine. In fact I’m now starting an official petition to get Eddie Izzard a guest-starring role in the Obi-Wan Kenobi show, much like Amy Sedaris in The Mandalorian. The two have great chemistry and the comedic potential for such a pairing is obvious.
Obi-Wan Kenobi Will Start Filming In The Spring
During their conversation, McGregor and Izzard discussed the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series on Disney+. As well as their shared love of The Mandalorian. McGregor spoke about how he loves the old-school Western nature of The Mandalorian. While Izzard declared that they adore the “Jon Favreau-ness of it.”
“I always felt that there was a story about Obi-Wan between my movies and Alec Guinness’s .” Said McGregor as he talked about how excited he was to slip back into his Jedi robes. McGregor also talked about how he found the green screen acting of the prequels to be a bit tedious. He says that filming the Obi-Wan Kenobi series will be very different. This implies that there will be more practical effects at work in the show, and not as much CGI.
McGregor also confirmed that Favreau would not be involved in the Obi-Wan Kenobi show. But that director Deborah Chow would be helming the series instead. Chow is a veteran TV genre director at this point. She has directed episodes of great shows such as The Man In The High Castle, Jessica Jones, and Mr. Robot. She also directed two episodes in the first season of The Mandalorian. So she is comfortably ensconced in the Star Wars universe.
“We really wanted a director who is able to explore both the quiet determination and rich mystique of Obi-Wan in a way that folds seamlessly into the Star Wars saga,” is what Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy said about Deborah Chow.
Please Put Eddie Izzard In The Obi-Wan Kenobi Series
Ewan McGregor has long been vocal about his desire to return to the role of old Ben Kenobi. He is a lifelong Star Wars fan, who has always been passionate about the franchise. And of course his involvement in Star Wars has always been a family affair. His uncle is actor Denis Lawson who portrayed the X-Wing pilot Wedge Antilles in the original trilogy. Lawson recently popped up for a cameo in the sequel trilogy, reprising his role as Antilles in Rise of Skywalker.
Izzard is also a known Star Wars fan, having riffed on topics in previous comedy sketches like “What is the cafeteria food like on the Death Star?” Izzard has also made a career for themselves as a respected actor, who has been involved genre projects like The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, Hannibal, and Mystery Men. Also with all of these marathons, Izzard would definitely be in great shape by the Spring to get into some action with Ewan McGregor in Obi-Wan Kenobi. I know this is a dream, but it would make me so happy as a long-time fan of both actors and their previous collaboration.
With Obi-Wan Kenobi Filming Start Locked Down, Ewan McGregor Finally Gets To Talk About Star Wars Again
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I’m personally excited for a round of press with Ewan McGregor promoting the Obi-Wan Kenobi series. He has spoken about how it was incredibly difficult for him to keep it secret for as long as he did. And given his long history with the Star Wars franchise, it will be great to see him be able to talk about it finally. I know many fans are excited to see him back in the role, and in the ever expanding universe.
There are scant details available about the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series on Disney+. However, McGregor did mention in another interview that the series would take place between episodes 3 and 4. So it will see Obi-Wan Kenobi dealing with the fallout from Anakin’s actions at the end of RoS and the loss of the Jedi. Hayden Christensen is also set to return in the role of Darth Vader, so we will likely see the two of them clash yet again. There will certainly be more news coming when the Obi-Wan Kenboi series will start filming in the Spring.
Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.