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Could we be seeing Ewan McGregor back as Obi-Wan Kenobi… in Star Wars: Episode VIII?!

February 10th, 2016 by Matt Gault Comments

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Ewan McGregor recently revealed that he had a surprise cameo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, lending his voice for the scene where Rey has a vision of the Force. It was a particularly important scene and it was also great that McGregor was able to deliver the line, giving him a brief chance to reprise his most iconic role.

Now, there are speculative rumours doing the rounds on the internet hinting that McGregor is in talks to return as Obi-Wan for Star Wars: Episode VIII.

The rumour is unsourced, but being reported by Kristian Harloff of Schmoes Know and Collider, who simply tweeted (via Squareeyed), “Grain of salt: hearing that Ewan McGregor in talks to play Obi Force ghost in Episode 8.”

The rumour is that McGregor would play a Force Ghost, guiding both Rey and Luke Skywalker as they make their way to stop the evil Supreme Leader Snoke and Kylo Ren. It does make sense that Obi-Wan could appear, especially considering that he himself had talks with the Force Ghost of Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) in the prequel trilogy.

Plus, with the rumours of McGregor coming back to play Obi-Wan in his own trilogy of movies, this would be an awesome way of tying old and new together even tighter.

Star Wars: Episode VIII is being directed by Rian Johnson (Looper) and has recently been pushed back from its original May 2017 release date to December 15th 2017.

Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), Domnhall Gleeson (General Hux), Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Katana), Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma), Andy Serkis (Supreme Leader Snoke), Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Carrie Fisher (Leia Organa), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) & Anthony Daniels (C3-PO) are all expected to return. Benicio Del Toro has also been cast in an unknown role.

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Matt Gault is a sports writer and film fanatic. He is a fully-qualified journalist and has worked for BBCNI, Sunday Life and has been published on The Guardian's website. He interns at REDNI, sub-editing for the Belfast Telegraph. He studied at Queen's University pretending to like history and literature and then University of Ulster Coleraine, where he slacked off enormously for a year and somehow got away with it. He also enjoys Captain Morgans, The Sopranos, Led Zeppelin and Hunter S. Thompson which makes him a remarkably uninteresting person.

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