Well, the summer movie season is pretty much over at this point, meaning there’s only one thing left to do: ceaselessly and wildly speculate about casting and spoiler rumors for the next cycle of big summer movies because we have nothing better to do, and because they are like catnip for the internet. And today’s big of casting rumor-mongering is a big one: that Ewan McGregor will return as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII.
Latino Review (via /Film) is reporting the news, and while this information has not been officially confirmed by anyone associated with the production, Latino Review has a solid track record when it comes to these major film scoops.
So how will Obi-Wan be returning, since his he (when played by Alec Guinness) died in A New Hope? The same way he returned in Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi—as a “force ghost.” It a valid method of including a deceased character in the Star Wars universe, as George Lucas used it as early as the climax of the very first Star Wars film; that said, Obi-Wan Kenobi’s force ghost was always played, of course, by Guinness—inserting Ewan McGregor instead feels a little too close to when Hayden Christensen was ridiculously inserted as Anakin Skywalker’s force ghost in the latest remasters of Return of the Jedi. But don’t have an embolism just yet, Star Wars fans—so far, this is only just a rumor.
What do you think of the Star Wars rumor?