My excitement over Star Wars at the moment feels everlasting. Even after watching the movie twice now, I’m still just as excited to watch it again as I was the first time. Lately, a lot of my time has been spent watching interviews with the cast and crew, and reading articles on the web regarding extra facts and stuff about the film. One of the more interesting tidbits was in regards to the amount of cameos in The Force Awakens.
Writers J.J. Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan, and Michael Arndt were present for a recent Q&A for a screening of the film for the Writers Guild of America. The trio talked about a standout moment in the film involving the Rey character. After touching Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber, Rey experiences a vision consisting of her past and the future. The sequence features two shots we’ve previously seen in the trailers involving Luke and R2-D2, and Kylo Ren with his Knights of Ren standing above fallen bodies in the rain. What’s interesting about the sequence is more about what we hear, and who we’re hearing it from.
“The idea of the voices was, we wanted the audience to feel – but not necessarily be presented right in your face — this idea that familiar, Force-strong voices were connecting with her. At least as well as they could…You do hear a little bit of Yoda. You hear Luke yelling out, ‘Nooo!’ from that moment in Empire. And you hear Obi-Wan at the end say, ‘Rey, these are your first steps.’…Here’s the cool part. We asked Ewan McGregor to come in and do the line. And he was awesome and we were very grateful. He was incredibly sweet and handsome, and all that stuff. Then he rode off on his motorcycle. Literally the coolest voice over actor ever.”
There are very few things about the Star Wars prequels that were considered great. One of those things is Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi. Maybe I’m reading beyond Abrams words a bit much, but this information tells me two things.
The first is obvious. Ewan McGregor is very much interested in returning to the world of Star Wars. Regardless of the fan reaction to the prequels, McGregor still loves the character of Obi-Wan and the Star Wars universe. The second is that Lucasfilm has plans to bring him back as Obi-Wan in the future. The fact that Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan decided to call McGregor means they want him to be the face of the Obi-Wan character for this new generation of fans and films.
Kathleen Kennedy likely recognizes McGregor’s passion for the character, and possibly heard nothing but great things from Abrams regarding his brief work on the film. This further opens up the possibility of a Star Wars Anthology film focusing on Obi-Wan Kenobi happening sooner than later. Its what the fans want, and I’m willing to bet it’ll be the next anthology film announced after Episode IX. For now, I’m very happy that Abrams and company found a way to include one of the best parts about the prequels into this new film.
What say you and the idea of Ewan McGregor returning for a solo anthology film?