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"What Episode I star has been called 'the biggest thing out of Scotland since argyle socks'?"
―An Episode I preview question from Star Wars Trivial Pursuit indicating Ewan McGregor[src]

Ewan Gordon McGregor, born March 31, 1971 in Crieff, Scotland, is a well-known Scottish film actor who has had significant success in mainstream, independent, and art-house films.


"George Lucas wanted to do something very different with the prequels. That's why people felt cheated. It was upsetting when people would laugh and joke about it. Now, many years later, the prequels meant a lot to the generation that were kids then. So from smirking, cynical opinions, now I'm getting feedback from the kids they were made for. I'm really happy about that."
―Ewan McGregor on the prequel trilogy[src]

Ewan McGregor portrayed Obi-Wan Kenobi in The Phantom Menace, and an older one in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.[3]

Coincidentally, McGregor is the nephew of Denis Lawson, the Scottish actor who portrayed hotshot pilot Wedge Antilles in all three episodes of the original trilogy.[4]

Since the news about the sequel trilogy was announced, he expressed interest in coming back to the series if asked to. He made a brief audio appearance in Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens as Kenobi's voice calling out to Rey Skywalker in her Force-induced visions.[5]

On August 23, 2019, it was announced at D23 that McGregor would be reprising his role as Kenobi in Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi on the Disney+ streaming service. The series will be set eight years after the events of Revenge of the Sith and will begin filming in 2020.[6] The production has been put on hold for a time, because of last-minute changes to the script.[source?]

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Notes and references[]

  1. SWYTlogo.png Star Wars: The High Republic Characters Revealed, Your Cute Pets, and more! on the official Star Wars YouTube channel (backup link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Star Wars Year By Year: A Visual History, Updated and Expanded Edition
  3. Revenge of the Sith DVD disc two
  4. James Hatfield. Ewan McGregor: Rising to the Stars. Berkley Boulevard, 1999. ISBN 0-425-16900-6. ""Lawson, who played the only other X-wing pilot besides Luke Skywalker to battle the Empire's dark forces and survive, was Ewan's uncle.""
  5. TwitterLogo.svg James Arnold Taylor (@jatactor) on Twitter: "@t_betts94 yes, it was me originally but they replaced my version with Ewan. I guess if I'm gonna be replaced it should be him! 😀" (backup link)
  6. StarWars.com The Galaxy Far, Far Away Just Got A Little Bigger… on StarWars.com (backup link)

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