Star Wars fans are excited to see Ewan McGregor return as Obi-Wan Kenobi in a brand new trailer.
The character’s spin-off series will be released later this year, and the first trailer shows McGregor’s Kenobi watching over a young Luke Skywalker in the time between the prequels and the original film trilogy.
While Obi-Wan is shown on Tatooine, the trailer places a special focus on the Empire’s Jedi hunters known as the Sith Inquisitors.
Hayden Christensen, who played Anakin Skywalker alongside McGregor in the prequels, will return in the series and if you listen closely you can hear his alter ego Darth Vader breathing.
While those moments delighted fans, it was actually the return of a signature musical theme that made hair stand on end: composer John Williams’ “Duel of the Fates.”
Many admitted this was a “cheap ploy” by Lucasfilm to get people excited about the show – but also openly admitted the tactic had fully worked. “It was cheap and it still worked and I’m pissed off,” wrote one fan.
Another added, “The thrill I felt hearing that in the trailer was immediately matched by self-loathing that their cheap trick worked.”
Someone else said, “It’s a very cheap move, but it successfully hyped me.”
However, others argued that the producers were “right” not to use the theme in other spin-off projects, including Villain One and The Mandalorian, up to this one. “They could have used it at any other time, but they didn’t. It makes sense to use it here. Signals this is the real s***,” added one fan.
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“Duel of the Fates” made its Star Wars debut during the final lightsaber duel between Kenobi, Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) and Darth Maul (Ray Park). Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999).
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The full version is played over the end credits of the film.
Another actor excited about its use in the trailer was Ahmed Best, who starred alongside McGregor in The Phantom Menace as Jar Jar Binks.
Other actors set to star in the new series include Kumail Nanjiani, Benny Safdie, O’Shea Jackson Jr, Rupert Friend and Fast & Furious’s Sung Kang.
Joel Edgerton will reprise the role of prequel trilogy character Owen Lar on the new show.
Obi Wan Kenobi will be released on Disney Plus on May 25, 2022.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/star-wars-obi-wan-kenobi-trailer-b2032422.html Obi-Wan Kenobi: Star Wars fans applaud ‘cheap trick’ after Duel of the Fates returns in new trailer