SALT LAKE CITY — A new rumor indicates “Star Wars” fans might have a surprise to look forward to in the next week.
According to ComicBook.com, a report from Cinelinx indicates Ewan McGregor has signed onto an Obi-Wan Kenobi-centric project. According to two separate unnamed sources, more information could be revealed at Disney’s D23 Expo on Aug. 23.
It’s unclear if the project is a movie or TV series, but Newsweek reports a rumored Kenobi movie was shelved following “Solo: A Star Wars Story’s” box office failure. It’s possible elements from the cancelled movie could be folded into a Disney+ series instead.
A second rumor also indicates McGregor will direct “a number” of episodes in the series, according to “Star Wars” fan site FanthaTracks.com.
McGregor’s last significant appearance as Kenobi was in “Revenge of the Sith,” which wrapped up George Lucas’ prequel trilogy. McGregor starred alongside Natalie Portman, Liam Neeson, Samuel L. Jackson and Hayden Christensen, who played Anakin Skywalker, over the course of the trilogy.
Entertainment Weekly also reported in 2015 that McGregor’s voice was used in “The Force Awakens” during Rey’s (Daisy Ridley) vision, which she witnesses after touching Luke — and Anakin — Skywalker’s lightsaber. According to JJ Abrams, McGregor’s cameo was used to present the idea that the Force was reaching out to Rey.
“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,” Abrams said.
Frank Oz also returned as Yoda for the scene — a cameo that was later expanded on by the character’s reappearance in “The Last Jedi.” According to Express, the Jedi master appears to Luke on Ahch-To.
The cameo could set a precedent for similar appearances from Christensen and McGregor in “The Rise of Skywalker,” which opens in theaters Dec. 20.