The Obi-Wan Kenobi-related interviews won’t stop coming! Last week, we learned quite a bit from interviews with head writer Joby Harold and Grand Inquisitor (live-action) actor Rupert Friend. Now, it’s the Chose One’s turn (again).
In a new conversation with Entertainment Weekly, who have spearheaded the series’ buzz outside the teaser trailer, Hayden Christensen briefly commented on the geekier side of his preparation for Obi-Wan Kenobi and putting on the Dark Lord suit again:
“I went back and re-watched all the films… And I also got into the animated shows, The Clone Wars and Rebels… It was interesting… They did a lot with these characters in those shows. And they did further explore the relationship. There was interesting stuff there to learn about. It was great fun getting to go back and re-immerse yourself in this world that just continues to grow and become more and more vast.”
He’s not wrong — most Star Wars fans consider The Clone Wars to be an essential part of Anakin’s full arc in the prequels, and the show’s final season only reinforced that sentiment. On top of that, Rebels gave us a memorable clash between Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano; their complicated relationship will be picked up somehow in the upcoming live-action Ahsoka series.
On top of Hayden Christensen’s comments, this new EW piece also asked Obi-Wan veteran Ewan McGregor the same question — his research was a bit more traditional, but he did all the essential homework:
“I watched them from start to finish… All nine movies. Just to get back in that world… It was interesting to watch our films because I hadn’t seen them since they came out, not at all… So it was cool to see and interesting to watch them and enjoy them without all of the noise that was around when they came out.”
McGregor’s feelings about the prequels and how they’ve been re-evaluated over the years aren’t unfamiliar, and we can’t wait to see how Obi-Wan Kenobi starts to tie everything together next month, on May 27.