Dave Filoni Wants Ewan McGregor to Voice Obi-Wan Kenobi on Star Wars Rebels

Tuesday, 24 May 2016 - 9:15AM
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Tuesday, 24 May 2016 - 9:15AM
Dave Filoni Wants Ewan McGregor to Voice Obi-Wan Kenobi on Star Wars Rebels
From its Season 1 finale right through to this year's Season 2 climax, Star Wars Rebels has been must-watch TV for Star Wars fans. Part of the show's success is that Dave Filoni, the man responsible for both Star Wars Rebels and Star Wars: Clone Wars, has never shied away from bringing in big names from across the Star Wars Universe. So far in Rebels we've seen, among others, Princess Leia, Lando Calrissian, and Darth Vader, with the latter voiced by the legendary James Earl Jones, just as he was in George Lucas's original movies.

With attention now turning to the show's third season, Filoni has revealed he's got another legend from the Star Wars movies in his sights for a role on Rebels. 

Obi-Wan Kenobi has already appeared on Star Wars Rebels, voiced by James Arnold Taylor who played the character (and many others) in Clone Wars, but now Filoni is looking to bring the character back with an even more familiar voice. In an interview with Bang Showbiz (via Yahoo), Filoni revealed that he's hoping to convince Ewan McGregor to return to the role for the first time in years.

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"Ewan is absolutely someone on our radar, we would love to have him be a part of the show, for sure. We're interested in anybody, really, that performed in the films, it's always great to have that direct tie and to have people that have portrayed the character before. I do have a unique situation with Obi-Wan as James Arnold Taylor was my Obi-Wan in Clone Wars for a long time so I used him early on in Star Wars Rebels, that was meant as a nod to people who had watched that animated series."
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This would be something of a bittersweet moment for many fans of Filoni's shows, because James Arnold Taylor has become as much a part of this character as anybody else. However, with no movement on the Obi Wan Star Wars spin-off, having Ewan McGregor on the show might just be the next best thing. The Scottish actor has just been revealed as the star of FX's Fargo Season 3, but we're sure he can find some time to make it back over to LucasFilm HQ for his old pal Obi-Wan.
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