We’re only a little over a week away from the release of Disney+’s next Star Wars series, Obi-Wan Kenobi. It’ll feature the return of Ewan McGregor to the role that he played in the original prequel trilogy. He’s also be joined by Hayden Christensen, who will once again take on the role of Darth Vader, as the once Jedi Master navigates an Empire-ruled galaxy. It looks like the events of the first film have led to him losing his faith and, as a result, also can no longer use the force. McGregor revealed this surprising fact during the official press conference for the Disney+ series.
At the end of the third episode, you know, the Jedi Order is all but destroyed. Those who aren’t killed have gone into hiding and can’t communicate with each other. For ten years, Obi-Wan has been in hiding, can’t communicate with any of his old comrades. He’s living a pretty solitary life, he can’t use the force. So, in a way, he’s lost his faith. It’s like someone that has stepped away from their religion.Ewan McGregor
The fact he can’t his ability is quite an interesting direction, as it highlights that while he is still keeping a close eye on Luke Skywalker, he’s limited in how he can help him. We know that the Alec Guinness turn as the character was still briefly able to wield the powers, which means we’ll explore how he revives his faith throughout the story and faces off against his old protégé once again. With the Inquisitors on his tail, it won’t be easy for the old Jedi Master to keep his promise. Perhaps the Force is just waiting for the right moment to return when he faces his biggest threat.