McGregor & Christiansen - emotional reunion on Obi-Wan Kenobi set

The two actors apparently had an emotional reunion on the set of the upcoming Disney+ show according to Kathleen Kennedy.


It's been a while since Obi-Wan Kenobi wrapped filming, and it'll be another while before we actually see the show bridging the gap between Star Wars episodes 3 and 4 from the perspective of the most memeworthy Jedi master in the galaxy Even so, more details are being let slip about the show, with Lucasfilm President, Kathleen Kennedy, referring to an on-set reunion in a recent interview.

Even though Kennedy was being interviewed by Empire Online about The Book of Boba Fett, to hype up the show ahead of its December premiere, she also segued into making comments about some other upcoming Star Wars productions, with Obi-Wan Kenobi among them.

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It's been known for a good long while that Hayden Christiansen, who played Anakin Skywalker and Darth Vader in episodes 2 and 3, will be reprising his role in Obi-Wan Kenobi - we just don't know to what extent or capacity, since a lot of Vader screen-time seems like an odd fit for the premise - but now we also know that Vader will be sharing scenes with Obi-Wan outright.

Kennedy recounted the actors working together again for the first time in years on set, getting back into their characters from the prequel movies. Apparently, the experience and reunion was an emotional one for both of them. It makes sense, considering how central and prominent their roles were, and how close the characters of Anakin and Obi-Wan grew, going from master and apprentice to brothers in arms.

The thing that was most exciting was being on the set and watching the two of them get excited. They hadn’t seen one another in a long time. I was surprised at just how incredibly emotional it was for each of them to find themselves back in these roles, and just realizing how important Star Wars was to each of them. It was the beginning of their careers.

Obi-Wan Kenobi is McGregor's first return to the Star Wars franchise in over a decade.

McGregor's depiction of Obi-Wan has become legendary among Star Wars fans, with this version of the character being popular both in his own right and as the basis of some of the best known Star Wars memes out there. Many fans are highly anticipating seeing the on-screen reunion between him and Christiansen's Vader, who only briefly played the villainous version of the character.

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The biggest question that remains is what capacity will Vader fill in the Obi-Wan Kenobi show? Him knowing about Obi-Wan's exile on Tatooine would contradict A New Hope, meaning they could only possibly meet elsewhere, if at all - some fans speculate that Obi-Wan and Vader won't truly meet face to face, and only share scenes involving flashbacks or visions.

Additionally, many believe that Vader will serve the role of a 'looming threat' overshadowing Obi-Wan's exile on Tatooine. Past stories bridging the gap between episodes 3 and 4 have shown that Obi-Wan did occasionally break his exile and go on various missions and adventures to other planets, but these instances were depicted in Legends content that is no longer canon.

McGregor and Christiansen had an emotional reunion on-set.

Nonetheless, writers might have drawn inspiration, and the two old friends would have a fateful meeting on one such excursion. It's likely too much to hope that Disney would recanonize Ferus Olin, but one can hope in a homage at least.

There's still no information about when Obi-Wan Kenobi will air, but the Star War schedule of Disney+ is filled to the brim with content fans can be excited for. The Book of Boba Fett is a month away from premiere, with the third season of The Mandalorian and a slew of other shows on the way, some focusing on established characters like Obi-Wan Kenobi, while others venture into new eras like The Acolyte.

Aron Gerencser
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