Men’s Journal caught up with Ewan McGregor just moments before he went on stage at D23 Expo to confirm the rumors that an Obi-Wan Kenobi series is coming to the Disney+ streaming service. In the interview, the actor revealed that Obi-Wan Kenobi filming will start next summer and that the series will consist of six hour-long episodes.
“The storyline sits between Episode III and Episode IV,” McGregor said. The last time we saw him in the role, “the Jedi Order was falling apart. It will be interesting to take a character we know in a way and show him – Well, his arc will be quite interesting, I think, dealing with that the fact that all the Jedi were slaughtered with the end of Episode III. It’s quite something to get over.”
Lucasfilm previously announced that The Mandalorian director Deborah Chow is set to helm the series, to 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 played Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace (1999), Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones (2002), and Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith (2005). He also made a voice-only cameo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015).
McGregor also talked a bit more about playing the villain Black Mask in the highly-anticipated Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). The character is “an absolute narcissist,” he said, “spoiled in his upbringing to the point of having no contact with what life or people are about, who has a skin this thin and wants nothing more than to be the center of attention.”
Chris Messina (Argo), who plays his right-hand man Victor Szasz, added: “He’s an incredible villain because he’s so likable and he’s so seducing. You’re like, I like him, he’s cute, it’s fun being in his world. And then he’ll bite your leg off. He has these incredible turns of violence, this ferocious quality. There are a couple of moments in the movie where he rages that he really went there, and you could hear a pin drop. Then he would turn on a dime and then go back to the charm of the character.”
Featuring the return of Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad, the cast includes Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary, Ella Jay Basco as Cassandra Cain, and Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya. Birds of Prey will have Harley Quinn, Huntress, and Black Canary teaming up to protect Cain when she comes across a diamond belonging to Black Mask, a kingpin in Gotham City’s criminal underworld.
Cathy Yan directs the Warner Bros. release from a script by Christina Hodson. Birds of Prey is produced by Robbie’s LuckyChap Entertainment, Kroll & Co Entertainment’s Sue Kroll, and Clubhouse Pictures’ Bryan Unkeless. Warner Bros. and DC have set a February 7, 2020 release date for the anticipated film. You can watch the first trailer by clicking here.