The ‘Star Wars’ prequels are probably the most maligned follow ups to any film in the history of the medium. Seriously, and we are including films like ‘Jurassic Park 3′ while considering this topic. Still, whether you loved the films or only found them to be mildly blasphemous there was probably one character you agreed on their portrayal: Obi-Wan Kenobi. Ewan McGregor was the star of the ‘Star Wars’ prequels and his work as Old Ben, before he was old, had us grinning ear to ear for much of the series. Now, with the new ‘Star Wars’ reboot on the horizon McGregor wants in, and can we blame him?
Like we said, no matter what you think of the prequels, they were huge. From a box office reason alone it would make sense for McGregor to want to get back into the franchise. But things are different this time, really. With JJ Abrams at the helm, and no Lucas, there is an aura of freshness permeating the franchise and there is some real hope for greatness coming up — a fresh take on a tired but classic and seminal series.
The leaders of the new ‘Star Wars’ films are also looking to do spinoff origin stories. Right now About.me writes that we have an origin story slated for fan favorite Boba Fett. This willingness to dig into the past could serve McGregor with the perfect origin story film for a young Kenobi in the years between Anakin and Luke.