Last week, Disney announced that one of the most beloved “Star Wars” movie characters, Obi-Wan “Ben” Kenobi, would return to the screen on its streaming service in May. The new series, “Obi-Wan Kenobi,” traces the life of the Jedi Knight’s adventures in the years between “Star Wars: Episode III—Revenge of the Sith” and “Star Wars: Episode IV—A New Hope.”
It also promises the return of Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader.
Kenobi will be played by Ewan McGregor, who tackled the role in George Lucas’ prequel trilogy. Even though the prequels have received a lot of criticism over the years, McGregor’s performance as Kenobi is considered one of the highlights of the trilogy by most fans.
McGregor says Kenobi is “rather broken, unfaithful and beaten, somewhat abandoned” early in the story. This makes perfect sense considering everything Kenobi has been through.
Kenobi had to live with the death of his mentor, Qui-Gon Jinn. He survived the front lines of the Clone Wars and had to watch his student and friend, Anakin Skywalker, turn to the dark side. What’s worse is that Kenobi was forced to fight him to near death, cutting off his arms and legs before he saw him catch fire.
Kenobi is so crushed by everything he’s been through that he can’t bear to tell Anakin’s son, Luke, the truth about their past.
A YouTube user who goes by the name of Samurai Sosa made a viral video in 2016 titled “Obi-Wan Has PTSD” and it does a great job of showing the mental toll Kenobi’s life as a warrior has taken on him.
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