After I ran the story about the return of Emperor Palpatine as a Force Ghost in ‘Star Wars: Episode VII,’ I found out shortly thereafter that well, it looks as though Palpatine might not be the only one coming back in a spectral form. Also returning from the netherworld of the Force is Obi-Wan Kenobi.
After all, Obi-Wan Kenobi appeared throughout the original trilogy, despite his death in ‘A New Hope’. I have confirmed this with three close sources that are on the project and they all confirmed to me that Ewan McGregor would be back as a Force Ghost in the upcoming sequel trilogy. McGregor was always down to return. Don’t take my word for it, check out the following interview he gave to digital spy late last year.
“I guess, yeah, of course,” McGregor said, when asked whether he would return. “If they need me, yeah, I’d be happy [to go back].”
The first thought I had was “BUT HOW?” Wasn’t Sir Alec Guinness the force ghost?
Then again there was quite a controversial change to a scene at the end of “Return of the Jedi,” when the spirits of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda and Anakin Skywalker look upon the Rebels’ celebration. The original actor who played Anakin in this scene (Sebastian Shaw) was replaced by Hayden Christensen, the actor who played Anakin in Episodes II and III.
Will Ewan McGregor be made up to look old like Sir Alec Guinness? Who knows. Maybe…
But that is not all! Check this out! The interesting part of the conversation I had with my source was that McGregor also wants a solo standalone film! Whether he gets one or not is still up in the air. The other question now is whether or not Hayden Christensen will return.
Stay tuned as more develops. We’ve also connected McGregor’s reps for a comment, which they have not yet responded to.
Star Wars: Episode VII opens in theaters summer 2015.