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Obi-Wan Kenobi - Star Wars

Obi-Wan Kenobi from Star Wars played by Ewan McGregor

Obi-Wan Kenobi is a fictional male Tatooinian warrior in the Star Wars film series who was played on screen by Ewan McGregor, Sir Alec Guiness. Obi-Wan Kenobi holds the rank of General within the Rebel Alliance.

We are not told anything about Obi-Wan Kenobi's early years, all we know is that he is a young Jedi at the time Sheev Palpatine power grab start. Jedi Knights work in pairs to protect one another. Unlike The Sith 'Rule of Two', there is no limit to the number of Jedi knights.

Obi-Wan Kenobi's partner is Qui-Gon Jinn who is a slightly older and wiser Jedi knight than Obi-Wan. At the start, Obi-Wan does not have his trademark beard, he is clean shaven with a strand of long hair. The beard comes when later when he has trained up Anakin Skywalker .

The Actors

Sir Alec Guiness

Sir Alec Guiness was the most high profile actor to appear in the first film. He had a long and established career and this was a change in direction for him. At the time, he didn't realise just how obsessed people would become in regards to the whole Star Wars franchise.

He found the role to be banale and didn't like it but was persuaded to take on the role in the end. It is once said a fan came up to him and said he would do anything for Alec as he had watched the film so many times. Alec told the kid to stop watch the film so much and the fan agreed and thanked him. Sir Alec passed away in 2000 and not aware of whether he saw or didn't see Ewan McGregors take on the character. Wikipedia

Ewan McGregor

When Ewan McGregor took on the role, his biggest role up to that date had been the role of Mark Renton in Trainspotting. This role would catapult him into the big league. He was 28 at the time of the first release.

It was rumoured that when Ewan first played with the lightsaber, he would make the noise which he couldn't help, it was a habit. It was something that allegedly iritated Liam Neesom, his co-star who played Gui-Gon Jin. Mashable

Ewan McGregor loves his role and he's willing to reprise the role. If they do a rumoured Obi-Wan Kenobi solo movie, Ewan McGregor is willing to step into the role again. Given how poorly the Solo - A Star Wars Story film did at the cinema, an Obi-Wan Kenobi film is not on the horizon as yet.

The Trade Dispute

Mace Windu had sent the two Jedi Knights to Naboo to investigate the trade dispute between The Trade Federation and the planet Naboo . When the Jedi's are ambushed, they decide to leave and take Padme Amidala to Coruscant to plead her case.

On route, they have to take a detour to Tatooine to replace damaged parts. It is there that they meet Anakin Skywalker , a pod-racer and a slave boy who wishes to become a Jedi Knight. After Anakin wins a race, Watto, the salve relenquishes him of being a slave and allows the boy to go with the Jedis.

Anakin returns to Naboo to help Padme Amidala to bring about the end of the Trade Dispute. During the time on Naboo, both Anakin and Qui-Gon face off against Darth Maul, a Sith Lord who had been sent by Darth Sidious to thwart the Jedis. Qui-Gon Jinn is killed during the fight when he fights Darth Maul on his own. Anakin is able to kill Darth Maul in response.

Obi-Wan promises that he will train the young Padawan, Anakin Skywalker to become a Jedi Knight, one that Qui-Gon would have been proud of.

Padme's Assassination Attempt and Investigation

Young Obi-Wan Kenobi as seen in Attack of the Clones

Anakin Skywalker has now aged and is now a young man around the twenties mark. Anakin is now Obi-Wan's new partner. They have been assigned to protect Padme Amidala from assassination attempts.

When an assassination attempt is attempt, the two Jedi Knights attempt to apprehend the assassin but is not able to. The assassin was Zam Wessel, a female shapeshifter who before she could be questioned was assassinated herself by a man with a rocket pack.

Obi-Wan investigates the assassin which leads him to the planet of Kamino which has been erased from the Jedi Temple databanks. Obi-Wan travels to the planet and discovers that the Kaminos have been given an order to produce an army of clones for the Republic. He questions the person who the clones are based on but doesn't get anywhere. When he goes back to ask more question, Jango Fett makes a run for it with his son Boba Fett . Unfortunately, the Fetts are able to escape.

Anakins invesgations take him to the planet of Geonosis, a desert / rocky planet that is populated by a race of insectoirs called the Geonosian. Anakin requests help but is captured.

Help arrives in the form of Anakin Skywalker and Padme Amidala but they are captured and put in arena where all three are to be eaten by a selection of monsters. They manage to escape using their own skills. They are then supported by Mace Windu , a group of Jedi Knights and the Kamino created Clone Army where the first battle of the Clone Wars is to begin.

Anakin and Obi-Wan Kenobi confront Count Dooku but Anakin's eagerness getst the better of him and Count Dooku manages to escape. During the confrontation, Count Dooku tells Anakin that a Sith Lord called Darth Sidious is running the Republic but he doesn't tell Obi-Wan exactly who Sidious is.

Battle of Coruscant

The Separatists have launched a raid on Coruscant against the Republic and kidnapped Vice Chancellor Palpatine and holding him on the Command Ship. Anakin and Obi-Wan launch a rescue mission to rescue Palpatine. They confront Count Dooku once more and fight him. Obi-Wan is knocked out so Anakin has to fight him on his own and is able to disarm Dooku. Under pressure from Palpatine, Anakin beheads Dooku. Anakin retrieves Obi-Wan against Palpatines command.

On their way out, they confront General Grevious, a cyborg. When Grevious is dead, the Clone Wars can come to an end but Grevious manages to escape. The Jedi Knights need to land the space craft otherwise they will all die.

General Grevious and Order 66

Palpatine passes information to Anakin that General Grevious is on Utapu and wishes that Anakin goes to kill him. Mace Windu overrules the request of Palpatine and sends Anakin with a squadron of Clone troopers to deal with General Grevious.

When General Grevious is killed, Palaptine orders "Order 66" which tells his Clone Troopers to hunt down and kill all the remaining Jedi Knights. Obi-Wan manages to escape his assassination attempt and get to Coruscant.

Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi Lightsaber Duel on Mustafar

Obi-Wan Kenobi takes a heavily pregnant Padme Amidala to the Volcanic moon of Mustafar to confront Anakin Skywalker who has just killed the leaders of the Separatist movement.

Padme tries and fails to convince her husband to rejoin the side of the Jedis. Padme is knocked down to the ground as he believes that Padme has turned against him and the Republic. Anakin is fully under the control of Palpatine.

Obi-Wan doesn't want to fight the man he calls his brother or the man who was prophecised to bring the Sith to an end, not join them. In the end, the fighting between the two men start and it goes on for miles across the lava filled landcape.

The fight comes to an end when Obi-Wan has the higher ground but Anakin thinks he can jump higher and win. When Anakin tries to jump higher, Obi-Wan slices off Anakins arms and legs then leaves him to die.

Obi-Wan takes Padme Amidala to Polis Massa , an asteroid for her to give birth. Padme dies in childbirth after giving birth to who would become Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia .

It is decided that Leia will looked after by Bail Organa on Alderaan whilst Luke will go to his uncle on Tatooine. Obi-Wan will keep an eye on Luke in the shadows.


Sir Alec Guiness as Obi-Wan Kenobi on Tatooine

Luke Skywalker first meets Obi-Wan Kenobi after having been attacked by Tuskan Raiders. Luke was looking for Ben Kenobi which he had just found. Obi-Wan needs to get the droids to Alderaan where the data banks will be downloaded and analysed.

Obi-Wan hires Millennium Falcon pilots Han Solo and Chewbacca to get them to Alderaan but on the way out, the planet is destroyed by a ray the Death Star . When the Millennium Falcon is taken inside the Death Star, Obi-Wan separates himself from the others to deactivate the force field. The other members of the group go off to rescue Princess Leia dressed as Stormtroopers .

Obi-Wan Kenobi confronts Anakin Skywalker once more who is now Darth Vader. Luke Skywalker witnesses Darth Vader kill Obi-Wan Kenobi and just wants to shoot everyone until he hears a voice telling him to go.

Force Ghost

As mentioned, soon after being killed by Darth Vader, Obi-Wan Kenobi becomes a Force Ghost. He advise Luke Skywalker to run when all Luke wants to do is shoot.

During the attack on the Death Star using X-Wings, a ghostly voice tells Luke to trust the Force. Luke turns off the guidance computer and relies on the Force to direct him. The calculation works and the Death Star is destroyed.

Obi-Wan's ghost returns when Luke Skywalker has escaped from the Wampa on Hoth . The ghost tells Luke Skywalker to travel to Dagobah and seek Yoda for Jedi training .

When Luke meets Yoda, Yoda doesn't want to teach the boy until Obi-Wan voice is heard conversing with Yoda. Yoda says the boy is too old but Obi-Wan counters. Eventually Yoda agrees to train young Skywalker.

At the celebrations on the moon of Endor, force ghosts of Anakin Skywalker, Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi appear.

Obi-Wan Kenobi Facts

Alien RaceTatooinian
AllegianceThe Rebel Alliance
ActorEwan McGregor, Sir Alec Guiness
Last UpdatedSaturday, April 27, 2019

Copyright: Lucasfilm

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