Star Wars TV Show Kenobi Finishes Filming, McGregor Says It "Will Not Disappoint"
Production has wrapped on the next Star Wars TV show and it will deliver the goods, McGregor says.
One of Disney's many new Star Wars TV shows in the works, the Obi-Wan Kenobi project featuring Ewan McGregor in the title role, has finished filming. Not only that, but McGregor said he believes the show will live up to expectations.
"It was really, really good fun; I really enjoyed working with [director] Deborah Chow and I think it will not disappoint. I think it's going to be good," McGregor said to Variety (via IGN). McGregor added that he also enjoyed Kenobi's use of new technology, which was a different experience compared to the prequel films that he starred in.
McGregor made his comments after winning his first Emmy this weekend for the TV show Halston.
McGregor previously told The Hollywood Reporter that he was working almost exclusively with bluescreens on Revenge of the Sith, and it was far from ideal, which is why he's happy to film the new Kenobi show in a different way.
"After three or four months of that, it just gets really tedious--especially when the scenes are … I don't want to be rude, but it's not Shakespeare," he said of the earlier Star Wars films from George Lucas. "There's not something to dig into in the dialogue that can satisfy you when there's no environment there. It was quite hard to do."
For the Obi-Wan series, McGregor said he is excited to get to work using the new StageCraft technology. "They project [the virtual backgrounds] onto this massive LED screen. So if you're in a desert, you're standing in the middle of a desert. If you're in the snow, you're surrounded by snow," he said. "And if you're in a cockpit of a starfighter, you're in space. It's going to feel so much more real."
As announced previously, Lucasfilm is working with Fortnite studio Epic Games and Star Wars effects company Industrial Light and Magic on new tech called StageCraft that uses Epic's Unreal Engine to project scenes onto LED screens surrounding the physical set.
The Kenobi TV series is headed to Disney+. In addition to McGregor coming back to play Obi-Wan, Hayden Christensen is returning to play Darth Vader. F9's Sung Kang plays a mysterious character on the show who wields a lightsaber.
The series is being directed by Deborah Chow, who previously helmed episodes of The Mandalorian. While plot details are currently under wraps, Lucasfilm has confirmed that the show will take place 10 years after Revenge of the Sith.
Kenobi, which doesn't have a release date, is one of various new Star Wars shows in development for Disney+. Others include The Book of Boba Fett, Andor, Lando, and Ahsoka. For more, check out GameSpot's guide to everything we know about all the upcoming Star Wars movies and shows.
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