The famous actor is more than willing to reprise his role as Obi-Wan.
Ewan McGregor has played the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi since 1999’s Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. He took over the part from Alec Guinness, who played the character in the original trilogy. Although Obi-Wan was given three feature films in which he starred, fans wanted more from the Jedi Master after the prequel films ended in 2005.
It took almost two decades before audiences would see McGregor return to the role when he finally returned for Obi-Wan Kenobi in May 2022. Although the series is a standalone story originally intended to be told in film form, there is still room for a possible season 2 with the ageing Obi-Wan. The series launch would be the biggest debut of all time for a Disney+ series, overtaking another Star Wars title, Mandalorian.
During Celebrity Fan Fest, Ewan McGregor took to the stage to reveal the status of Season 2 and reported allthingskenobi, with video via KenobisEopie.
“I’m totally in, guys, I want to do it. I’m being completely honest, there’s no plans to do one just yet. But I think – I’m sure they’re just biding their time. I think – but so far, nobody has contacted me.”
It wouldn’t be surprising to hear news of an Obi-Wan Kenobi season 2, given how successful the first one was. Disney is keen to capitalise on McGregor’s love for the character and the audience’s adoration for Ewan. As McGregor gets older and more and more reaches the age of Alec McGuiness from the original trilogy, it will be interesting to see where Disney takes the character.
The rematch with Darth Vader has already been done, and we assume the Jedi Master has been looking after Luke for most of his time on Tatooine, so where could Obi-Wan Kenobi go in season 2? One interesting director would be a new Padawan. When training Luke in A New Hope, young Ben Kenobi is given a confident mentorship. However, considering how his training went with Anakin, it would make sense that the Master would have a successful apprentice when he starts with Luke.
The issue would be the nine years following Obi-Wan Kenobi until A New Hope. There isn’t much time to fill those years with a new Padawan unless the student is older and can learn rapidly. But of course, there will be more than a chance of breaking canon if they go that route, and die-hard Star Wars fans will not be happy to see that.
Regardless of what Disney and Lucasfilm decide, they need to make sure that the story is worth telling, not just making a second season to get it done. Obi-Wan Kenobi is a character who deserves to be treated with care, and hopefully, Disney will continue to do so.