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Ewan McGregor's reprisal of Obi-Wan Kenobi has been inspired by the late Sir Alec Guinness. © Bang Showbiz Ewan McGregor
The 49-year-old star is playing the Jedi Master once again in an upcoming 'Star Wars' spin-off project for Disney+ and, since signing up for it, Ewan has been studying Alec's iconic portrayal of the heroic character in George Lucas' original trilogy of movies.
Asked what he thinks about getting closer in age to Alec when he was in 'Star Wars', Ewan - who played a younger version of the character in Lucas' three prequels - said: "I am a huge fan and had a great time studying him through his early films. It is a fun thing to try and imagine him as a young guy.
Ewan McGregor 'very excited' to reprise Obi-Wan Kenobi in Disney+ series
Ewan McGregor said he is more excited to play the "Star Wars" character again now at his age.The "Trainspotting" star spoke to Radio Times and revealed why he is more excited now to portray the "Star Wars" character and it has something to do with his age. At 49-years old, he said it is more fitting to play a wise Jedi. The actor was only 27 when he landed the role in the 1999 film "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.
"I am getting much closer in age to him so it will be my challenge to try and meet him somewhere."
Gallery: Will Smith's greatest movies (BANG Showbiz)
Happy Birthday, Will Smith!
Hollywood superstar Will Smith turned 52 on September 25.The Philadelphia-born actor began his career as a rapper in the 80s as one half of duo DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince, which led him to his first acting role 90s NBC sitcom 'The Fresh Prince of Bel Air'.Over the decades, Will has shown off his talent in a wide range of movie genres, earning himself five Golden Globe nominations and two Academy Award nominations.Here is a look at Will's best films...
One of Will Smith’s first major roles after ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel Air’ was in Michael Bay’s 1995 directorial debut ‘Bad Boys’. The action film followed Miami cops Mike Lowrey, played by Will, and Marcus Burnett, played by Martin Lawrence, as the two partners become entangled in a deadly drugs investigation. The duo’s interaction was highly praised by audiences and the film gained a cult following, which has prompted two sequels, 'Bad Boys II’ in 2003 and 2020's ‘Bad Boys for Life’.
Men in Black
Will Smith is probably best known for playing James Darrell Edwards in the ‘Men in Black’ franchise. The first film was released in 1997 and told the story of New York cop Edwards who is recruited by a secret intelligence agency to protect the citizens of Earth from aliens. The sci-fi comedy was a box office hit and received three Academy Awards nominations, winning one. Three further films have since been released, ‘Men in Black II’, ‘Men in Black 3’ and the latest sequel ‘Men in Black: International’, which was released earlier this year.
Enemy of The State
In 1998, Smith found success once again, starring with Gene Hackman in ‘Enemy of The State’. The film told the story of a lawyer named Robert Dean, played by Smith, who was framed for the murder of Congressman Phil Hammersley and forced to team up with a former communications expert, played by Hackman, to go on the run and clear his name.
Will Smith starred alongside Eva Mendes and Kevin James star in the 2005 romantic comedy ‘Hitch’, playing a professional “date doctor” whose job is to teach other men how to charm gorgeous women. But his toughest case yet arises when he fails to get his woo love interest, Sara, who is played by Eva Mendes.
The Pursuit of Happyness
Stepping away from action films in ‘The Pursuit of Happyness’ Will played Chris Gardener in the biographical drama based on his autobiography. The 2006 critically acclaimed biopic follows Gardener as he interns at a brokerage firm whilst being homeless with his five-year old son, played by Smith’s own son, Jaden Smith. Will explained that starring alongside Jaden added an element of reality to his performance. He said, “Part of being an actor is almost self-hypnosis during those brief moments when the cameras are rolling ... And having my son, and being able to lay in a subway bathroom, with my real son, just added to the ability to be able to transform and to become Chris Gardner for those moments.”
I am Legend
Will has a long history of starring alongside his children. In 2007, Smith acted in ‘I Am Legend’ alongside his daughter Willow. The post-apocalyptic flick is set in New York after a virus has wiped out almost all humanity and scientist Robert Neville, played by Will Smith, is the last living human left in the city. Speaking about working with his then six-year old daughter, Will joked, “You kind of don’t work with Willow, you work for Willow."
Will Smith starred alongside Charlize Theron in the unusual superhero film ‘Hancock’ in 2007. Will played John Hancock, a larger than life but unpopular superhero, who has become unpopular over the years due to the collateral damage of his actions. However, after meeting a PR man, played by Jason Bateman, and his wife, played by Charlize, things start to change for the better for him. The film includes scenes of Hancock flying at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour through the air, 60 feet up, which Smith admitted scared him a little. He said: "All right, I was scared. I can say that. It's a superhero movie, but I think in real life I was a little nervous."
Will Smith joined the long list of A-Listers who have voiced Disney characters when he took on the role of the Genie in Disney’s 2019 live-action remake of ‘Aladdin’. In the family favourite, Smith helps the lowly Aladdin woo Princess Jasmine and then stop the Jafar from usurping The Sultan. After Robin Williams’ acclaimed portrayal of the Genie in the animated version, Will knew he had a challenge on his hands to match the late comic. Will settled on a hip hop version of the character, saying: "“Genie is timeless, you get to really say and do anything so I started to feel confident that I could deliver something that was an homage to Robin Williams but was musically different and just the flavour of the character would be different enough and unique enough that it would be in a different lane versus trying to compete.”
Ewan remained tight-lipped about the new Kenobi series but revealed that filming will begin early next year.
Ewan McGregor inspired by Sir Alec Guinness' Obi-Wan Kenobi
Ewan McGregor was inspired by Sir Alec Guinness' performances as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the original 'Star Wars' trilogy.The 49-year-old star is playing the Jedi Master once again in an upcoming 'Star Wars' spin-off project for Disney+ and, since signing up for it, Ewan has been studying Alec's iconic portrayal of the heroic character in George Lucas' original trilogy of movies.
During an appearance on 'The Graham Norton Show', which will air on BBC One on Friday night (09.10.20), the 'Doctor Sleep' actor said: "It is the Obi-Wan Kenobi story I suppose – it's not just me in it, but there will certainly be a lot of me!
"I'm wracking my brains about what I'm meant to say and what I can't say about it. What I can say is that we start filming in March next year."
Ewan previously revealed that he can't wait to play Obi-Wan again and he is very excited about fleshing out the Jedi Knight's backstory and bridging the gap between the final prequel, 'Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith', and the first film set in a galaxy far, far away, 'Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope'.
He said: "I'm excited about working with (director) Deborah Chow, and the storylines are going to be really good I think. I'm just excited to play him again. It's been long enough since I played him before."
Every new Star Wars movie and TV show confirmed so far .
Here's the low-down on all the new Star Wars movies coming our way over the next few years When are the upcoming Star Wars movies coming out? That's a harder question to answer than you may imagine. Ever since Star Wars: The Force Awakens launched the sequel trilogy back in 2015, there's been a new Star Wars movie every year. Yet, we're now going through a major dry spell – with no big-screen Star Wars adventures until 2023. And we have no idea what to expect from that movie. The future of Star Wars, for the meantime, is not in cinemas.