A great disturbance: Ewan McGregor was sick of having to lie about returning as Obi-Wan

On Thursday’s episode of Conan, Ewan McGregor spoke about his upcoming return to the Star Wars universe as Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi. Fans had been hoping to see McGregor wield a lightsaber once more for a long time, so the announcement of a new live-action Star Wars series was big news.

“It’s exciting ’cause I can finally say that I’m doing it,” said a relieved McGregor. The actor had been sworn to secrecy, meaning he basically had to lie when asked about a potential return to the Star Wars franchise. And he was asked a lot.

“We’ve been talking about it for a long time, but it started looking like I was sort of trying to tout for the job! Like I was trying to get the job as Obi-Wan again, at Disney’s door saying, ‘Hello, sir? I’m available!'” …

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