Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi haven’t all the time been sworn enemies. They began out as Padawan and Jedi Grasp, in any case, and have been brothers in arms all through the occasions of the Clone Wars. However by the point we see them once more within the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi TV present, their lightsabers can be clashing as soon as extra.
The collection is ready within the house between the duo’s epic duel in Revenge of the Sith and their fateful showdown in A New Hope – and we spoke with Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen to search out out precisely how Anakin and Obi-Wan’s relationship is totally different within the Disney Plus present in comparison with the remainder of the saga.
“Properly, the large distinction is that Anakin’s Vader now,” McGregor tells us. “And the final time that Obi-Wan noticed him was on the finish of [Episode] 3 when he leaves him within the lava discipline, and he leaves him for useless, actually… However now in fact, in our collection, he’s Vader. He’s Darth Vader now. In order that’s the large distinction.”
Vader is accountable for the villainous Inquisitors, who’ve by no means been seen earlier than in live-action, and who’re tasked with looking down the remaining Jedi.
“Clearly the connection between Obi-Wan and Vader isn’t what it was,” Christensen, on a separate Zoom name, explains. “And Vader has some unsettled enterprise there, and so he’s in scorching pursuit of the entire remaining Jedi, however particularly Obi-Wan. And that pursuit could be very private for him.”
The present will delve into Anakin’s dramatic transformation from Jedi hero to Vader, too. “He’s making an attempt to reconcile his previous and there’s a variety of character exploration there,” Christensen says of how his character has modified within the 10 years between Revenge of the Sith and Obi-Wan Kenobi. “There may be this inherent wrestle of self-identity with this character, and we get to discover that within the present. However he’s making an attempt to bury Anakin as deep down inside as attainable.”
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Anakin isn’t the one one who’s modified, both. We’ll be seeing a much more damaged Obi-Wan than ever earlier than, and that was one thing new for McGregor to discover.
“It was to start out off with him in a really totally different place, to take this character that we all know and love from Alec Guinness’s efficiency within the 70s, to the work that I did by means of Episodes 1 to three, this Jedi Grasp, and take him to a very damaged place,” he says. “The place after Episode 3 ends with the Jedi’s been all however destroyed, and so you’ll be able to think about he’s misplaced all his buddies and those who haven’t been killed are in hiding, they usually can’t talk as a result of they’d give themselves away.”
What number of years have handed in actual time opens up new prospects as effectively. “And likewise, I’m virtually 20 years older than I used to be once we did the final one, so I’m that bit nearer to Alec Guinness from the unique movie in age and subsequently that’s a distinct aspect to any person,” McGregor explains.
“It was actually cool to do, I actually loved it,” he continues with a smile. “And I liked working with Deborah Chow, the director, actually lots. She’s actually, actually an excellent director and he or she is aware of this world inside out and I believe is aware of actually what the followers love about it. She understands the center of what Star Wars is, and it was enjoyable to work together with her on this entire factor.”
However what has Obi-Wan been getting as much as within the decade since he left Anakin on the fiery floor of Mustafar? The Jedi has a brand new mission. “Vader, we all know, has despatched these Inquisitors out to attempt to discover the final Jedi and to destroy them, they usually’re very a lot on the lookout for Obi-Wan,” McGregor says. “And his final accountability to that outdated life that he had as a Jedi is to be searching for Luke Skywalker.”
Obi-Wan Kenobi debuts solely on Disney Plus from Might 27. Within the meantime, try our information to all of the upcoming Star Wars motion pictures and TV reveals for every little thing else coming quickly from the galaxy far, distant.
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