Disney's 'Star Wars' : Will Ewan McGregor Reprise His Role As Obi-Wan Kenobi?

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Ewan McGregor, the actor known for portraying Obi- Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy, might be reprising his role.The rumor began with Schmoes Know and has since started circulating around the Internet.

"Word around the halls is that Disney is in negotiations with Ewan McGregor for an unknown project," The Schmoes write.

"But from a source commenting on some of the more interesting conversations happening behind closed doors, it's for McGregor to once again transform into the venerable Jedi Master, Obi-Wan Kenobi."

It must be stressed that the actor's discussion with Disney is, at this point, a rumor.

According to the rumor, the deal would be to make three films, meaning--in order to make canonical sense--they would have to take place between Episode III and IV.

It isn't controversial to say that the prequels were a disappointment--with awkward dialogue, poor pacing, and Jar Jar Binks. McGregor, however, is seen as one of the lone bright spots in an otherwise wasteland of cinematic catastrophe. In an op-ed piece titled "The Top 11 Good Things About The Star Wars Prequels," The Nostalgia Critic lists McGregor as the fourth best thing about the films.

He fit the role. He acted well, considering the script, and he delivered the "killing younglings" line as best as he could.

If this is true, this seems like an attempt for Disney to further rewrite the Star Wars universe to their liking. And I'm okay with that; they made Boba Fett officially escape from the Sarlacc Pit, there is rumor that they will release the Original Trilogy sans Lucas's goofy CGI alterations, and they erased the expanded universe--uniting the lore under one official canon.

While the lattermost move I have mixed feelings about, the company has thus far had a positive impact on the famed space opera.

If the McGregor rumor is true, it may be a move to try and salvage anything from a botched opportunity at bringing new Star Wars films to the millennial generation.

That was Lucas's goal--to give a new generation of youth a fresh look at his vision.

In theory, the idea sounds great. But, while The Force Awakens looks like it's going to live up to the hype, I'm still cautiously optimistic. I was old enough to remember when The Phantom Menace was about to come out.

The hype was massive: the image of Darth Maul, the double bladed lightsaber, everything about it looked stellar to my preadolescent self.

If The Force Awakens passes the critical test, then I'll be able to make a better judgment about whether or not an Ewan McGregor trilogy would be a good idea.

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