Obi-Wan series set to use the same VFX technology as The Mandalorian
In a recent interview with the ACE Universe, when asked about his upcoming Star Wars prequel series, Golden Globe Award-winning actor Ewan McGregor was understandably tight-lipped about the story details of Disney+‘s Obi-Wan Kenobi series. However, he did confirm a new detail about the series’ production, revealing that they will be using the same incredible visual effects technology called “The Volume” that was first seen in The Mandalorian.
“I think I am going to enjoy it much more,” McGregor said. “[The prequels] were all blue screen and green screen and it was hard to imagine, but nowadays I think things have moved on so much, and I think a lot of what you see is gonna be what we see on the set. I don’t know if you’ve seen the behind-the-scenes of The Mandalorian series, but they employ that incredible screen.”
He continued, “It’s pretty amazing. It makes you feel like you’re in the place, it’s going to feel realer for us as actors.”
The Volume was fully explored in an episode of Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian where fans were able to see how the ILM created the amazing visual effects through the use of HD LED panels that can duplicate the landscapes of different worlds.
Ewan McGregor will reprise his role as Obi-Wan in the series, set to 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 directed by Deborah Chow. 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.
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 conjecture at this point.