How Obi-Wan Kenobi Series Changes the Meaning Behind a Classic Star Wars Line

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Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen respond to how something Darth Vader says in Star Wars (“I sense something. A presence I’ve not felt since…”) will likely take on a different meaning after the events of the new Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney+ event series.

With a seemingly inevitable matchup awaiting us in Obi-Wan Kenobi, it would seem the last time Vader felt that presence is no longer Mustafar. We brought this to the attention of the actors who actually play the characters, Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen, and the two played predictably coy.

“Maybe?” responded Christensen, a big smile taking over the face of a man who clearly knew something he was not supposed to say.

“Maybe,” McGregor agreed before expanding on how the new series changes things in all directions. “It’s fun. It’s very clever how all these threads are created. It’s like working backwards and forwards at the same time for the writers and for Deborah.”

That would be series director Deborah Chow. Just how mindful was Chow about not only filing in gaps in the Star Wars timeline, but thinking about the way those gap-fillers would change the already established story?

“It was definitely something we were very mindful of,” she said. “And for me also taking on [George Lucas’] legacy, it’s an honor to take these characters and be able to tell a new story with them. So I wanted to be very respectful to what exists and not change anything that George intended originally or anything like that.”

Of course, when breaking new story, one can’t help but impact what has already come… or is to come. “Obviously there is room for interpretation here,” Chow said. “And telling [the story] that they did have these 20 years, and obviously something happened in these 20 years, and that there are some things from our series where there’s going to be a little bit more room for interpretation on.”

McGregor has nothing but raves for his director and the way she handled the entire process. “Deborah Chow is unbelievable,” he gushed. “What an amazing director. And what an amazing leader for us in the show. It’s so great working with her. Just so exciting. She has got such quiet authority and she’s really, really on it. She really knows this world backwards and inside out, and there was never a moment where she didn’t know exactly what was going on, what she wanted, what she needed. It was brilliant working with her.”

And McGregor said that extended to Chow’s work in merging their new world with the two established decades ago: “For her, in the pre-production process, making all of that work and taking things that were said on the set in 1975 and trying to link it into what we said in 2003 and making it all work — it’s a really interesting prospect, and they did such an amazing job with it.”

Obi-Wan Kenobi starts streaming on Disney+ on May 27th.

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