Ewan McGregor Confirms Original Obi-Wan Show Story Ideas

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Ewan McGregor confirms reports that Obi-Wan Kenobi underwent major story changes early on. McGregor finally returned to the Star Wars universe in 2022’s Disney+ streaming show. To the delight of many, he was joined on Obi-Wan Kenobi by his old student and enemy Anakin Skywalker, played as in the prequels by Hayden Christensen.

But of course Obi-Wan and Anakin weren’t the only familiar Star Wars characters to show up on Obi-Wan Kenobi. Indeed, much of the story revolved around a young Leia Organa and Obi-Wan’s efforts to keep her safe in the face of the Empire’s evil designs. Then there was young Luke Skywalker, who played a much smaller role than Baby Leia, but did figure into the series to some extent. How much Leia there was as compared to Luke was indeed a matter of interest to fans, as it was reported earlier this year that the original Obi-Wan Kenobi story was much more Luke-centric, but that those plans were scrapped as being too similar to the Baby Yoda story on The Mandalorian.

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Now it seems that these reports of a shifting Obi-Wan Kenobi story plan can officially be filed under “confirmed.” Appearing at FAN EXPO Boston on Sunday (via ComicBook.com), Obi-Wan actor McGregor himself provided the confirmation. “It was going to be a story about me and Luke,” he said, adding “It was always going to be that, and that was one of the genius moments where everyone went, ‘Wait a minute,’ and then changed it.”

In fact that original report not only stated that Obi-Wan Kenobi would revolve around McGregor and young Luke, it would also bring in classic prequel villain Darth Maul as the one threatening the child Skywalker. The story that was eventually told of course kept the “young version of classic character under threat and needing protection by reluctant Obi-Wan” angle. But it switched to Leia being the one in danger, and invented a new character in Imperial Inquisitor Reva to act as the apparent main villain (though of course her true motives were revealed to be rather complicated as the show played out). And instead of Darth Maul, the show ultimately went ahead and brought back the biggest of all Star Wars bad guys in Darth Vader, thrilling prequels fans by allowing him and Obi-Wan to have not one but two more lightsaber duels.

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Fan response to Obi-Wan Kenobi has of course been mixed, but that’s to be expected with anything Star Wars-related. It’s clearly unknown whether the original story about Obi-Wan protecting Baby Luke from Darth Maul would have gone over better than the tale that was finally told. But perhaps those ideas will be resurrected if Obi-Wan Kenobi ever gets a season 2. Either way, McGregor seems to think the right call was made with Obi-Wan Kenobi season 1.

Source: FAN EXPO Boston (via ComicBook.com)

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