ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Ewan McGregor appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Wednesday night to promote his new movie Doctor Sleep, but he also chatted about reprising his role as Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi in an upcoming Disney+ series.
McGregor said he can now laugh at the years-long wall of secrecy behind the project — and joked at how questions from fans like Jimmy about it “hurt his pride.”
“Once they started doing spinoffs of course everyone was like, ‘Are you gonna do an Obi-Wan Kenobi spinoff?’ And I was talking to Lucasfilm and Disney about that [already], but of course I couldn’t say that I was. So I’d have to go, ‘Well, you know, if they wanted to do one I’d be quite interested in doing it,’ and it started to look a bit like I was just trying to get the part,” McGregor said to laughs.
He added that was “humiliating” to act as if he didn’t get it — because who better to play the part he performed in all three Star Wars prequels?
“But it hurt me inside — hurt my pride, because I thought, ‘People actually think they’re looking for someone else to play the part!’”
There’s no airdate set for the six-episode Obi-Wan Kenobi series for Disney+, which launches November 15.
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