‘Obi-Wan’ Trailer Raises Excitement for Students and Fans Alike

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Senior media production major Roel Rodriguez watches in awe, seeing Obi-Wan (Ewan McGregor) return as the iconic character in Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi, which debuts on May 25 on Disney +.

The force is strong with many after the trailer to one of the most highly anticipated shows of 2022 released, involving a well-known Star Wars character.

Ewan McGregor returns to don his Jedi robes and lightsaber in Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi, a limited series set to debut on Disney +. The famous sci-fi franchise has seen great luck with its shows on the popular streaming service, and this looks to be no exception. 

Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) watches on from a distance while on the run from the Inquisitors and the Empire in “Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi,” which will have him come face-to-face with the fallout of his greatest defeat. (Photo courtesy of Comicbook.com.)

Taking place 10 years after the events of Revenge of the Sith, the show finds Obi-Wan (McGregor) in hiding after the fall of the Jedi Order, and is on the run from the Inquisitors while and having to face the consequences of his greatest defeat. 

After the debut of the trailer, many are eagerly awaiting its May 27 debut, and for junior finance major Andrew Richter, it was more than just excitement seeing his favorite childhood hero come back on screen. 

“It gave me a lot of hope and joy because I’ve grown up with Obi-Wan as a character,” Richter said. “It’s cool seeing them connect the prequels and the originals with the Inquisitors and the Empire.”

McGregor’s return excited Richter, as he felt that he truly embodied the role in the prequel trilogy. He also added that he would be surprised if the show turned out to be bad, considering the effort being put into it so far. 

Senior media production major Roel Rodriguez, who has been a fan of the prequels since he first saw them, said that not only is he looking forward to it, but rather excited to see McGregor returning as Obi-Wan.

“I’m a big fan of the prequels, and I’m an even bigger fan of Ewan McGregor,” Rodriguez said. “I was hoping that they would do more with him.”

Rodriguez had his wish fulfilled when he saw McGregor on a Star Wars showcase with Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm, to announce he was returning to the iconic role, which caused Rodriguez to scream with excitement, he recalls.

Darth Vader (Hayden Christensen) makes a chilling entrance as he’s given the whereabouts of the remaining Jedi that have survived Order 66, sending the Inquisitors to find and wipe them out. (Photo courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.)

In addition to the hype surrounding McGregor’s return, Hayden Christensen has also been confirmed to return, and is playing Darth Vader this time around. McGregor told Entertainment Weekly that seeing him back as the Sith Lord was “spine-tingling.”

Christensen, who has received much criticism for his role as Anakin Skywalker in the prequels, has been welcomed with open arms by many fans after the announcement. Rodriguez however, has always felt that Christensen was a solid actor within the franchise. 

“I’m a pretty big defender of Hayden Christensen, and I’m super excited to see him back in the role,” Rodriguez said.

Although the trailer didn’t reveal too much, Rodriguez is excited to see where the series will go, and will be tuning in on May 27 to see it all come to fruition, with the first two episodes to debut on Disney +.