With Lucasfilm & Disney+’s Ewan McGregor & Hayden Christensen– starring “Star Wars” spinoff series Obi Wan Kenobi to say that the loyal fan base has been looking forward to it for some time would be a serious understatement. But now thank you The Hollywood ReporterSources offer two major changes that took place before and around the original author’s time Hossein Amini left the project and Lucasfilm took over Kathleen Kennedy wanted to take the series in a different direction. According to reports Ray Park was actively preparing to reprise his role as Darth Maul as part of a major creative makeover.
It was previously reported that Kennedy was unhappy with the mirroring of Amini’s storyline The Mandalorian too much of. Similar to them Pedro Pascal-Starrer’s focus on the main character protecting Grogu (“Baby Yoda”) saw Amini’s take on McGregor’s Obi-Wan trying to protect a child Luke Skywalker. But according to sources in THR’s coverage, David Filoni and Jon Favreau also expressed these concerns to the director Deborah Chow when they got a chance to read the scripts and felt the series needed to grow bigger. At this point, Darth Maul was one of the villains who would hunt the two down (not including Christensen’s Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader in the cast). These concerns reportedly found their way to Kennedy, who also shared their feelings.
Before the reset button was pressed, Park was reportedly already on set for pre-production and taking part in stunt training. It’s also unclear whether the footage of Park was filmed as Maul and whether it was footage intended for the series or as test footage. When production was halted for a creative change, Park’s Maul was apparently fleshed out with Filoni crafting a way for Darth Vader to return as a villain (reportedly also bringing the Grand Inquisitor into the story. For their part, a Lucasfilm Source with THR contradicts the report, pushing back on the idea that Maul should ever return to the series Give Feely (Creepshow) was selected as the new actor to portray young Skywalker.
During an interview with forbes In support of his Expedia Super Bowl ad, which runs this Sunday, McGregor had some interesting personal perspectives to throw into the mix — including why he thinks “people are going to like it.” Here are some of the highlights:
About returning to the role after such a long time: “Oh my god, well, I loved playing him again. I mean, it’s quite interesting, after the experience of doing the first three films and seeing their kind of reception in the world, which isn’t always was glowing, I have to do it. And then now, let’s say, meet the generation that we made these films for, the children of then – and now, people in their late teens or early twenties, these people who were children, for who we made those movies they loved their star wars movies you know for us it was the original 70’s movies but for them it was our movies their star wars movies were whole series about obi- Wan Kenobi for these fans, it just makes me very happy.”
How it was working with director Deborah Chow: “It was a great experience. Deborah Chow directed all the episodes and she’s really good. She’s directed a few [episodes] of ‘The Mandalorian’ and she’s a really great director. She really knows the Star Wars world inside and out, far more than I do (laughs). We just had a great time. I think it’s no secret that Hayden Christensen is coming back and we got to do scenes as Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker again and it was just fantastic to work with him again. I won’t reveal anything more about the storyline, just I think it will really satisfy ‘Star Wars’ fans. I always felt like there was a storyline between Episode III, where I finished playing Obi-Wan in the movies, and Episode IV, where Alec Guinness is Obi-Wan Kenobi. the [‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ series] Authors and Deb and I and everyone, I think we or they came up with a very good plot. I think people will like it.”
Joining McGregor & Christensen are Moses Ingram, Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell, benny safdie, and Maya Erskin– with the series taking place 10 years later Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, where Kenobi met his greatest defeat: the downfall and corruption of his best friend and Jedi apprentice Anakin Skywalker (Christensen) turned evil Sith Lord Darth Vader. director Deborah Chow moves from directed episodes of The Mandalorian directing the entire run of the series with directorial “geek credentials,” which includes American Gods, Better Call Saul, Lost in Space, Jessica Jones, Reign, and Mister. robot. In April 2020, Joby Harald (Army of the Dead) was tapped to replace Hossein Amini (drive) after reports surfaced that Kennedy was dissatisfied with Amini’s scripts. Legendary composer and Star Wars franchise Hall of Famer John Williams is to compose the theme for the series.