Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Teases the Series' 'Wonderful' Cameos
The upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series is stuffed with cameos and Easter Eggs according to star Rupert Friend.
Speaking to HeyUGuys, Friend opened up about his excitement regarding the impending Star Wars limited series, teasing that fans can look forward to plenty of blockbuster moments. "If it’s possible to be any more excited than folks already are, I would be," said Friend. "I think it’s one of the most thrilling additions to the Star Wars canon. I think Ewan McGregor is doing things with that role that is a dream for fans of the original films… We can’t obviously have Alec Guinness back, but I just think Ewan was absolutely born to play that part."
Friend went on to say that while he can't give away anything specific, Obi-Wan Kenobi is stuffed with references that Star Wars fans will appreciate. "But wonderful cameos from people I obviously can't tell you, Easter eggs galore and... yeah, it's a thrilling ride."
While the nature of these Easter Eggs remains a mystery, some enthusiasts are confident that Obi-Wan Kenobi will feature an appearance by Liam Neeson's Qui-Gon Jinn. Serving as Obi-Wan's master before his death at the hands of Darth Maul in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, fans are hoping that the iconic Jedi will return as a Force ghost. Neeson has previously shot down rumors that he will be reprising his role in the series, joking that Disney couldn't afford him. "I heard Ewan McGregor was gonna do a series. No, I don't think so. No, I haven't been approached. They don't have enough money," teased Neeson.
As for Friend, the actor will be stepping into the role of the insidious Grand Inquisitor who will be making his live-action debut in Obi-Wan Kenobi. The role required dedication from Friend, who noted that the character's physical appearance needed special practical effects that made shooting difficult. "It was a sweaty, sweaty suit and I did sweat buckets inside the prosthetics which would pour across my face at the end of a day and make me look like a very, very miserable clown," Friend explained. Despite this, the actor elaborated that joining the Star Wars universe was "so worth it."
Running for six episodes, Obi-Wan Kenobi premieres on Disney+ on May 27.