Ewan McGregor is out on the press circuit this week to talk about “Doctor Sleep” and in an interview with Men’s Journal, he confirmed some details about the forthcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi prequel series in the works at Disney+ with Hossein Amini (“The Alienist,” “Drive”) writing and Deborah Chow directing.
McGregor confirms the series will have a total of six hour-long episodes and will also begin its production in the summer of 2020. He also reconfirms the previous reports saying the storyline sits eight years after Episode III and his story will tackle the grim ending of ‘Revenge of the Sith’:
“It will be interesting to take a character we know in a way and show him … well, his arc will be quite interesting, I think, dealing with the fact that all the Jedi were slaughtered with the end of Episode III. It’s quite something to get over. I want to get closer and closer to how Obi-Wan felt while Alec Guinness was playing him. I feel like I’m grayer and nearer him in age, so it’ll be easier to do that.”
McGregor will also soon be seen in February’s “Birds of Prey” where he plays the famed Batman villain Richard Sionis/Black Mask who has yet to have been used on the big screen. McGregor seemed to relish playing the role, calling him a “perfect villain for the Time of Trump”. He goes on to say the character is an absolute narcissist” and is “spoiled in his upbringing to the point of having no contact with what life or people are about, who has a skin this thin and wants nothing more than to be the center of attention.”
The talk comes as an online rumor has popped up indicating McGregor’s character is romantically involved with his right-hand man Victor Szasz (Chris Messina). Messina responded to the rumor, saying: “I don’t want to give anything away, but that’s a fun theory. We definitely have a very interesting bond.”
“Doctor Sleep” opens November 8th and “Birds of Prey” arrives February 7th.