Dave Filoni brought in old Ben for Rebels and he had no trouble threading the needle between the two Star Wars Kenobis.
With Obi-Wan Kenobi finally going into production for Disney +, questions about the time lapse between Revenge of the Sith and the opening of the original trilogy return for a new discussion. It’s only a 19-year gap between the two films, yet the visual change between the vibrant Ewan McGregor and a majestic Sir Alec Guinness is a lot for Jedi to fool the mind. Clone wars Y Star wars rebels co-creator Dave Filoni has an explanation in mind, and it’s actually pretty sensible.
There are a variety of jokes that circulate from time to time, comparing how Bail Organa (Jimmy Smits) manages to maintain his mature good looks when he reappears in Rogue one decades after Clone wars, unlike Obi-Wan. When the original trilogy was the only canonical source for Star Wars material, it was not surprising that Guinness, 63, was affected by his time at Tattooine. But McGregor was 34 when Revenge of the Sith landed in theaters, and today, he’s only 50 years old as he retrieves his Jedi robes. He’s a bit shy for that 19-year gap for McGregor, but there’s no way waiting three more years will transform him into old Ben Kenobi.
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Dave Filoni did his best to thread that needle between the two Kenobi performances. During the course of the Clone warsObi-Wan is still at the peak of his youth and vigor, although the emotional cost of the war is wearing him down emotionally in the end. Later Revenge of the Sith, Obi-Wan disappears from almost all representations of Imperial ancestry, except for an appearance in Rebels. The episode, “Twin Suns”, does more than tell the end of Darth Maul’s story, it offers an emotional glimpse into Kenobi’s aging fate. Luke Skywalker is still a child, unaware that his Jedi guardian waits nearby.
Not only does Kenobi look much older, but he does too. On Clone warsKenobi had been regularly played by James Arnold Taylor, and can still be heard on “Twin Suns” as the youngest Obi-Wan. But when Ezra Bridger finds the old hermit, voice actor Stephen Stanton momentarily brings Alec Guinness back to life. Filoni had no qualms about the difficult and unusually fast transition, offering an explanation in the episode’s commentary.
What Filoni says, “Being there is a journey for him in its own right. It’s like a rite of passage, and it’s like he has to endure the heat of the desert and the cold of the night, and he’s learned it, and that’s why he ages significantly. All the care he has had, all the people he has seen die, I think all of this is very difficult for him. “
Tatooine is a difficult world to thrive in, and the Ben Kenobi that Luke Skywalker will eventually meet has been through some devastating events. In the harsh desert, as Filoni puts it, Kenobi has little to do other than contemplate everything that happened before while retaining all the hopes he may have for the future. While Jedi have a difficult and sometimes different relationship with the emotional baggage in their lives, it will be difficult for one of the last remaining Jedi not to cry as others would. Although the comfort of his teachings is a useful tool, Kenobi still carries the brunt of all that war and death.
With the first casting announcements for Obi-Wan Kenobi Made public and a look at Ben’s early years in exile on Tatooine now almost assured, Ewan McGregor’s return will be filled with complicated emotions. It is impossible to guess where the limited series will end, but fans can witness how part of that large number of victims begins to weigh on the famous Jedi Master.
Directed by Deborah Chow, Obi-Wan Kenobi stars Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen, Joel Edgerton, Moses Ingram, Bonnie Piesse, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell and Benny. Safdie. The series has yet to receive a premiere date.
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