Ewan McGregor talks 'Obi-Wan Kenobi,' The Volume with Comedian Eddie Izzard
Of all the places, actor Ewan McGregor updates Star Wars fans on the Disney+ "Obi-Wan Kenobi" series on Eddie Izzard's Twitter account. Izzard was closing out a series of running marathons he shared digitally on his social media accounts, so why not talk Star Wars?!
"We start making it in the late spring and we're going to be shooting here in L.A. It's so funny every week there is a new report. My dad sends me links 'I thought you were shooting in L.A.,' because there's another tabloid expose that we are shooting it in some bizarre town."
This is pretty consistent with a report back in September from Entertainment Tonight. If you're being hyper critical, that last report said spring. Now we hear late spring. But if we do go back not to long ago, there is a trend of production pushing to a later date. Multiple reports in December suggested production would begin in January and those were proven incorrect when Kathleen Kennedy said February on the December 10th Disney Investor Call. But if
you go to the Film and Television Industry Alliance Website, you can find the posting from November 30th confirming January 4th, 2021 shoot date.
McGregor also confirms in the clip that Deborah Chow and crew are shooting the show like The Mandalorian with the use of The Volume.
" I loved it. I like it. I like the format. I like the western nature of it. It's an old fashioned TV western," McGregor said. "I'm excited because technology has so much more advanced than before. I think Episode II was the first one shot digitally," McGregor explained. "I remember a lot of excitement that it was digital, you didn't need film anymore, but the cameras used to have this huge cable coming out the back to this hard drive tent that hummed and buzzed but now tech is so much more advanced it should be quite interesting. For us probably not so much blue or green screen which I found tedious to spend week after week just to be in a blue environment or green environment, this should be much more interesting for us."
It's refreshing to hear Ewan talk openly about the show and reprising the role. He said the desire to return to play the character goes back to the final days of Revenge of the Sith.
"It's so funny. I did my last one in 2003. Such a long time ago. The idea of doing it now is more exciting even than it was then. I'm thrilled to play him again and I've always felt there was a story about him between my ones and Alec Guinness' ones so it should be really interesting.
I'll take all the articles of Ewan laughing about his excitement over the near decades worth of articles where he had to deny any project like this was in development. As he has said before he felt like he was coming off as asking for work.
Also, if you're not familiar with Izzard's Star Wars Cantina bit from 2002, take a moment, and bask in the genius.
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