The actor talks about the reception to the prequels depending on one’s age.
Obi-Wan Kenobi star Ewan McGregor recently reflected on the disappointing reaction to the Star Wars prequel trilogy.
For a long time, the Star Wars prequel trilogy has been a somewhat infamous addition to the series’ canon. At the time of their releases, critical reception was often mixed and, despite relatively large box office hauls, the films were despised by hardcore Star Wars fans for a number of reasons. One element that everyone seemed to agree was great, however, was Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Ewan McGregor first appeared as Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: Episode I-The Phantom Menace. He would go on to reprise the role for Star Wars: Episode II- Attack of the Clones, and Star Wars: Episode III-Revenge of the Sith. Since Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm, an adventure featuring Ewan McGregor’s version of the character has been in the works, before the planned film was reworked into the upcoming Disney Plus series.
The upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series may be a ways off, but the subject of Star Wars is never far from Ewan McGregor. While speaking to Empire, Ewan McGregor reflected back on the initial reception of the prequel trilogy and how the perception of the film changes depending on the person’s age:
“Our films weren’t much liked when they came out, by my generation who loved the first ones. I think people of our generation wanted to feel the way they’d felt when they saw those first three movies when they were kids, and George [Lucas] wanted to take our ones in a different direction, he had a different idea. It was tricky at the time, I remember. But now, all these years later, I’m really aware of what our films meant to the generation they were made for, the children of that time. They really like them. I’ve met people who, they mean a lot to them, those films, more so than the original three, and I’m like, ‘Are you kidding?’”
What do you all make of Ewan McGregor’s words? Are you surprised to hear about how different the responses people had to the Star Wars prequel trilogy depending on the age group? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Directed by Deborah Chow from scripts written by Hossein Amini, Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi series is just one of three officially announced Star Wars shows for Disney Plus. The Mandalorian debuted on the streaming service this past November with stars Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Carl Weathers, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog, and Nick Nolte. The series was written by Jon Favreau, who also serves as an executive producer alongside Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy, and Colin Wilson. Karen Gilchrist is also on board as a co-executive producer.
An untitled Rogue One prequel centered on Cassian Andor is also in development with Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk reprising their respective roles. The Americans producer Stephen Schiff serves as showrunner and the series is expected to begin filming this year.
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