Joel Edgerton, who played a young Owen Lars in the Star Wars prequels, could be reprising his role for Disney+'s upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series.
Edgerton played Owen Lars -- the man that adopted and raised Luke Skywalker alongside his wife Beru Whitesun -- in The Attack of the Clones and Revenge of The Sith. As such, while speaking with MTV's Josh Horowitz, he was apparently asked about whether he would reprise his role. While he denied any involvement, though, Horowitz seems to think the actor was merely being coy.
Caught up with Joel Edgerton today (check out THE KING! I really enjoyed). I have almost no doubt based on his coy evasiveness that he will be in the Obi Wan Disney+ series. I’ve seen many an actor playfully evade. I’m placing a big bet that Owen will be back.— Josh Horowitz (@joshuahorowitz) October 1, 2019
Kenobi will take place eight years after Revenge of the Sith and will cover the period in which Obi-Wan devoted himself to protecting Luke, a decision that eventually forced him to become a desert hermit. The main point of contention between Owen and Obi-Wan, which was explored in the Star Wars Marvel comics, was Owen's conviction that the Jedi in general -- and Obi-Wan, in particular --were directly responsible for the deaths of Anakin Skywalker and possibly even his own father, Cliegg Lars, and Shmi, Cliegg's wife and Anakin's mother. While in the comics Obi-Wan reiterates that he won't teach Luke the ways of the Force while he's a child, he still gets involved in his life from a distance, helping him win races and leaving gifts of vehicle parts for him -- something that irritates Owen Lars to no end.
Edgerton has previously expressed his interest in rejoining the Star Wars universe, and in the years between Revenge of the Sith and the birth of Disney+, he has crafted a career that shows he has the chops to carry a larger role in the franchise, with critically acclaimed movies Zero Dark Thirty, The Great Gatsby and Boy Erased under his belt.
Written by Hossein Amini, directed by Deborah Chow and starring Ewan McGregor, the Obi-Wan Kenobi series will air on Disney+. No release date has yet been announced.
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