Joel Edgerton teases return to the Star Wars universe
Amidst that glorious new The Rise of Skywalker trailer and all the buzz surrounding The Mandalorian, actor Joel Edgerton quietly offered another Star Wars bombshell for fans to gush over — his potential return as Owen Lars in the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series.
Fans will recall that Edgerton played a younger version of the ill-fated Lars in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, so it makes sense that he would return in some capacity to deal with that crazy old wizard down the dirt street.
While speaking on Josh Horowitz’s Happy Sad Confused podcast (via JoBlo), the actor stated, “There is a very real possibility” that he will return, though remained mum for fear of Disney “assassins.” He did go on to say that the thought of an Obi-Wan spinoff never crossed his mind until Disney took over the Star Wars brand.
“You know, back in the day George [Lucas] said that there would only be a certain amount of movies and that was it, but, when Disney took it over and started kind of really, really getting back to the old juice, you know, the aesthetic of the first three films, you’re like, ‘ah, it’s a possibility.’ And then once you started to hear about breakaway standalone things…so yeah,” said Edgerton.
He was also asked whether or not he had been in contact with Ewen McGregor, who is returning as Kenobi, to which Edgerton joked, “Ewan who?”
The new series will take place eight years after the events of Revenge of the Sith, where we last saw Obi-Wan delivering the infant Luke Skywalker to his Tatooine homestead. The series will be written by Hossein Amini (The Alienist, Drive). Chow, Amini, and McGregor will serve as Executive Producers alongside Kathleen Kennedy, Tracey Seaward (The Queen) and John Swartz (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story). Jason McGatlin, Lucasfilm’s Executive Vice President Production, will serve as co-producer.
McGregor took over the role of Obi-Wan for the Star Wars prequel trilogy two decades ago from the late Alec Guinness. His last live-action appearance was in 2005’s Revenge of the Sith. However, McGregor also lent his voice to Rey’s Force vision in The Force Awakens. Additionally, McGregor hasn’t been shy about his desire to reprise his role.
Director Deborah Chow will helm the entirety of the Obi-Wan Kenobi TV series for Disney+. Two years ago, director Stephen Daldry was supposedly lined up to direct a standalone Obi-Wan film. Unfortunately, the dismal box office performance of Solo: A Star Wars Story put all the spinoff movies on hold.
No other details about the potential Obi-Wan series are currently available. A few Star Wars novels and comics have explored Obi-Wan’s life on Tatooine between Episodes III and IV. Obi-Wan also had a memorable rematch with Darth Maul in Star Wars Rebels. But any story direction for the new show is simply conjecturing at this point.