Ewan McGregor Gets Comfy as Obi-Wan

Ewan McGregor has not been shy about telling people he’d happily return to the Star Wars universe to play Obi-Wan Kenobi again (possibly in a spin-off set between Revenge of the Sith and the original Star Wars), but after years of grinning and bearing it, he’s started to get frustrated by the whole thing. Speaking with Parade he said:

I like the films that I made with George Lucas and I’m happy to be part of the legend of it all, but that’s it with me. I don’t really understand the fanaticism about it. I’m asked by everybody all the time, “Would you do another one?” and I’ve said, “Yeah, I’d be happy to,” because I think there’s a film between Episode 3 and Episode 4, which is when Alec Guinness is in the desert. But I’ve been asked about it so much now that I’m being criticized for trying to persuade Disney to make this movie. I only responded to people asking me about it, and now it looks like I’m sort of looking for work, which is humiliating. I couldn’t care less if it happens, but when Star Wars people ask me if I would do it, the answer is yes, so that’s how I feel about it.

He may not realize it, but McGregor has only been dumping gasoline on top of a raging fire over the past few years by even suggesting that there was a mere possibility of a new Obi-Wan movie that could maybe, possibly, get made at some point in the future. As we all know, Star Wars fans are a, er, passionate lot. The best thing he can do now is probably just not comment on this subject for a little while.

The Force Awakens A New Hope

Today is the final day of the Hollywood 83 auction and if you are a Star Wars fan with very deep pockets and a lot of money to through around, this could very well be your lucky day. Among the many very cool movie props up and pieces of memorabilia up for auction are a third draft of George Lucas’ original Star Wars screenplay, one of the X-Wing miniatures used in the original 1977 movie, a blaster prop used by a Stormtrooper, an original piece of Darth Vader concept art, one of Mark Hamill’s costumes from The Empire Strikes Back, and a model of the Death Star. Of course, the starting bids for many of these items are often higher than the average person probably makes in a year (or three), but hey, if you’ve got it, flaunt it.

The always hilarious Bill Hader is credited as a “voice consultant” for BB-8 in the final credits for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the actor explained exactly what that means in a recent episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live. The short version: he sat in a recording booth and made robot noises while watching an early cut of the film and J.J. Abrams and the sound team used him for inspiration to create the adorable droid’s various sounds. Of course, you’ll want to hear Hader tell the whole story in the video above.

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens is available right now, but just in case you missed it, one final (for now) DLC character pack was revealed: a Droid pack. Does it make sense that you can play as General Grievous as you navigate the plot of The Force Awakens? Nah. Of course not. Does it look like fun? Yeah, sure. The LEGO video games has always been more of a silly sandbox than an actual adaptation of a certain property.

Right now, it’s not clear how of HK-47, the deadly assassin droid first introduced in the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic video game, is part of the official Star Wars canon or not. However, this Star Wars Minute episode recounting the history of this dryly hilarious character is a reminder that the answer to that query should be “All of it.”

If you want to focus on something that is in the official canon, another recent episode dives into the Clone Wars, the epic conflict that began as a throwaway line of dialogue in the original Star Wars movie before becoming a major component of the prequel trilogy and the popular animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

And finally, we can cap off this edition of Star Wars Bits with the latest episode of The Star Wars Show, which features guest stars Burnie Burns and Blaine Gibson of Rooster Teeth fame.

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