A new Obi-Wan Kenobi fan edit imagines what Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen would look like back in their Jedi robes after Revenge of the Sith.
A new Obi-Wan Kenobi fan-edited image imagines what Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen would look like back in their Jedi robes 17 years after Revenge of the Sith. Heralded as one of the strongest performances in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi evolved from a Jedi Padawan learner to a respected Jedi Master throughout the three films released between 1999 and 2005. The actor was widely praised for playing the younger version of the character originally made famous by Alec Guinness in the original Star Wars trilogy. Meanwhile, Christensen played a young Anakin Skywalker, before his transformation into the villainous Darth Vader, in the final two films of the prequels, taking over from Jake Lloyd who played a younger version of the character in The Phantom Menace.
Now audiences are just weeks away from seeing both McGregor and Christensen return to their screens courtesy of Disney+’s upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series. Originally conceived as a stand-alone film, plans for the series were reworked following the disappointing box office performance of the Solo: A Star Wars Story spinoff film. In 2019 McGregor’s return to the role was announced with much fanfare at the D23 Expo, and, one year later, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy also announced Christensen’s return. McGregor himself said that having the opportunity to reunite with Christensen was “the most beautiful thing of all.”
With fan anticipation reaching almost a fever pitch ahead of the series launch, photoshop artist tilian_creative has taken to Instagram to share a vision of what the pair of actors would look like back in their original Jedi robes. The black and white edit shows the duo in a casual and friendly pose, far from the animosity that developed between Anakin and Obi-Wan at the end of Revenge of the Sith. Check out the post below:
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When Vader and Obi-Wan come face-to-face in the series, their reunion will most certainly be nowhere near as friendly as this image suggests. At their last meeting, McGregor’s Jedi Master left his former pupil for dead on the shores of a lava river on the volcanic planet of Mustafar. His turn to the Dark Side of the Force complete, Anakin will be completely transformed into the iconic Darth Vader for their next rematch. For fans, the image instead provides a glimpse into an alternate universe that might have been, one in which Anakin never succumbed to the lure of the Dark Side.
It is not yet known whether the Obi-Wan series will feature Christensen outside of the Darth Vader suit, but if so he is likely to be a mere shadow of the man he once was. Though it may be possible that audiences see flashbacks of the pair before their fateful duel on Mustafar or even visions of an alternate reality in which Anakin took a different path. Either way, with Obi-Wan Kenobi releasing its first two episodes on May 27, fans will not have much longer to wait to find out.
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