With the release date for Star Wars Episode VII in 2015 drawing closer and closer, there have been a lot of rumors floating around the web relating to who will be starring in the new J.J. Abrams version of the famous sci-fi saga. One of the rumors that has been recently spreading is if Benedict Cumberbatch will star in the new version, along with Ewan McGregor, who played the young Obi Wan Kenobi in the first three episodes of the George Lucas saga.
This past Thursday (September 12, 2013), the Scotland-born actor told E! News that he has not been asked by Abrams to star, but if McGregor did receive a call inviting him to continue playing the role of Obi Wan Kenobi, he would gladly accept the honor.
According to IMDb, the other main Star Wars characters, such as: Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Lando Calrissian, and C-3PO are all rumored to make an appearance in the new Abrams film. Also, according to IMDb, the site lists Carrie Fisher’s role as “Leia Solo,” which means it would continue on from Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.
Ewan McGregor’s role of Obi Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars films is quite unique. On the Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith – Web Documentaries of Revenge of the Sith DVD, McGregor discussed that he made a special effort to learn the “mannerisms, speech timings, and accents” to closely resemble the actor who originally played Kenobi, Alec Guiness.
Currently, Ewan McGregor is working on August: Osage County, starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts. August: Osage County will be released in theatres on January 2nd, 2014 (Source: IMDb).
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