Will Ewan McGregor Return as Obi-Wan Kenobi in 'Star Wars: Episode VII'?

He will play another Force Ghost opposite Ian McDiarmid's Emperor Palpatine, and he wants his own stand-alone adventure.
Ewan MgGregor rumored to return as Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: Episode VII
Ewan MgGregor rumored to return as Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: Episode VII
At this rate, they should have gotten James Wan to direct Star Wars: Episode VII. Less than a week after dropping the bombshell that Ian McDiarmid will be reprising his role as the evil Emperor Palpatine in Star Wars: Episode VII, appearing as a Force Ghost, Latino Review now claims that Ewan McGregor will return as Obi-Wan Kenobi, also a Force Ghost.

According to the site, many close insider sources are eager to drop information about the film since Disney dropped the ball at their D23 summit last weekend. As the script by Michael Arndt now stands, a number of Force Ghosts will be working along with the human side of the battle. Does that mean we'll eventually see a lightsaber duel between Force Ghosts? That has not yet been revealed.

Alec Guinness served as the original Force Ghost when his Obi-Wan Kenobi was taken down by Darth Vader in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. He then appeared in spectral form throughout Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi.

In an earlier interview with Digital Spy, Ewan McGregor revealed that he would gladly return to the franchise.

"I guess, yeah, of course. If they need me, yeah, I'd be happy [to go back]."


Now comes the question, "But how will he return? Wasn't Sir Alec Guinness the Force Ghost in Jedi? Even after the controversial replacement of Sebastian Shaw by Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker at the end of the latest edition of the re-edited movie?"

Star Wars Force Ghosts

Sources say that Ewan McGregor may wear old age make-up, rather than edit Alec Guinness out of the old movies, too (considered blasphemous by fans) . Its also being reported that Ewan McGregor wants his own stand-alone Obi-Wan Kenobi movie. At this point, though, it seems doubtful that will happen.

Its not yet known if Hayden Christensen will be back as Anakin Skywalker, rounding out the holy trinity of Force Ghosts. Ewan McGregor's reps were not available for comment.

Star Wars: Episode VII comes to theaters December 18th, 2015 and stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong'o. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams.


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Comments (17)

  1. T. King (Red Camera Man)

    It feels unnecessary.

    1 year agoby @redcameramanFlag

  2. Josh

    I would be open to having him return as long as they make him look older and don't edit Guinness out of the original trilogy.

    1 year agoby @shuabertFlag

  3. Sean

    @Brizzy I hope this is true as well.

    1 year agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  4. ObiWanShinobi

    I would love to see a Liam Neeson return as a ghost.

    1 year agoby @ObiWanShinobiFlag

  5. A7sus4

    I hope the Gungans have a huge role and I really hope Jar Jar clumsied his way into the presidency.

    1 year agoby @a7sus4Flag

  6. The Real Goku

    @David-garcia-67788063 .... Why??? For what purpose??

    1 year agoby @therealGokuFlag

  7. Jonnred

    Ewan McGregor was the best thing about the Star Wars prequels.
    I think it would be cool if he got his own flick, but I don't see that happening any time soon.

    1 year agoby @jonnredFlag

  8. ejk1

    First off, I f*cking hate that Hayden Christensen was integrated into Return Of The Jedi. Second, how is Obi Wan getting younger as a ghost? Third, Palpatine being there just means someone's going to have guidance in becoming a Sith lord, which is fine with me.

    1 year agoby @ejk1Flag

  9. David garcia

    Wonder if Liam neeson would also reprise his role as Qui-gon Jin.

    1 year agoby @David-garcia-67788063Flag

  10. artkid04

    Ewan and Ian I am fine with coming back, as for Hayden and Jar Jar, one word, NO!

    1 year agoby @artkid04Flag

  11. LuxoIII

    Like most of what Latino Review "reports" I'm calling BS on this.

    1 year agoby @brady1138Flag

  12. seymourstrange

    who next..... jar jar binks

    1 year agoby @seymourstrangeFlag

  13. The Real Goku

    So this is suppose to take place after "return of the Jedi" but we are just going to act like Alec Guinness was never Obi wan? Lol lets bring back a different ghost? Lol I think to make the story the best possible cut off a lot of pointless ties. Lets see some new characters

    1 year agoby @therealGokuFlag

  14. Brizzy

    Hope this is true. He will always be Obi Wan in my eyes.

    1 year agoby @BrizzyFlag

  15. The Real Goku

    This is starting to sound dumb..... Coming from a huge Star Wars fan...

    1 year agoby @therealGokuFlag

  16. ObiWanShinobi

    I have to admit, it would be cool to see him & Anakin as force ghosts together. Just don't over do it.

    1 year agoby @ObiWanShinobiFlag

  17. LizLovesPOLLP

    I sure hope he is in the movie, or else it just won't be the same! Liz@POLLP

    1 year agoby @LizLovesPOLLPFlag