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Ewan McGregor Confirms Kenobi Disney Plus Series Will Use Same Visual Effects Technology Featured in The Mandalorian

Discussion in 'Obi-Wan Kenobi' started by SWNN Probe, Jun 16, 2020.

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    Ewan McGregor is about to take his first step into a larger world. The untitled Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney Plus series is set to begin filming early next year, and the actor is very excited to be returning to the Star Wars galaxy without being surrounded by green and blue walls. McGregor has confirmed the series will adopt the technology, techniques, and effects made popular by Jon Favreau's The Mandalorian.



    In an interview with ACE Universe, McGregor was asked what lessons from his prior experience in Star Wars he might take with him in his return to the franchise:



    If you haven't been fully dialed-in to the making of The Mandalorian, 'The Volume' is the state of the art room-encompassing connected series of screens that create fully realized environments and settings for locations. The technology is so good that the cast and crew can not tell the difference between objects on the screen with real objects in the room. This is a massive leap from what McGregor is used to from his work on the prequels, where most times he found himself having to completely imagine his settings and surroundings, and even sometimes his 'co-stars'.



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    Before prequelists start raging, I don't see this as McGregor jabbing at the prequels. The technology employed from 1997-2005 is what George Lucas considered to be the most advanced at the time, and the actor is simply commenting on how far things have come since then. McGregor has clearly been reinvigorated by the prospect of acting in realized environments, having seen what Favreau and company have come up with for The Mandalorian, and it also spares him unnecessary flights to locations such as Tunisia or Jordan.



    [​IMG] 'The Volume' technology on the set of The Mandalorian which will be used on the Kenobi series.



    Ewan McGregor is widely considered to be one of the best actors throughout the prequels, so I personally can not wait to see him have this opportunity to return as an older and wiser Obi-Wan Kenobi while surrounded by the best visual effects in the business.



    Here is ACE Universe's interview with McGregor below. The Star Wars portion from the interview can be found after the six minute mark, and goes for roughly four minutes, where the actor also reveals the series does not have an official title yet, but that he knows the story, and as expected he will reveal nothing!



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COwXWXD7LnU&feature=youtu.be



    The Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney Plus series is currently scheduled to start filming early next year.



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    I'm so excited for this show, especially if it looks like 'The Mandalorian'. Hopefully Hayden is in that show too!
     
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    Carl Weathers did such a simple and concise job of stating the matter when discussing it in the Gallery episode dedicated to the Volume (which I will now present much more poorly). The actor, when staged in a total undefined limbo, isn’t just having to construct the reality of the character, but the actual reality around them. Couple that with having to engage with other performers, and what you have is multiple people existing in different realities. What person A pictures is happening around them isn’t what person B is imagining. There’s a natural, unavoidable disconnect and it shows in the performance.

    Whether they use the Volume or not, I’m sure what McGregor is truly looking forward to is being able to focus on inhabiting this character, without the additional wrinkle of also having to mentally build the stage that character is then inhabiting. I’m looking forward to that too. Fingers crossed.
     
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    Honestly, I'm a fan.

    I know some people say that it's distracting, but it looks like it's on site to me. Far, far more effective than green screen.

    I also like that by using similar techniques, the shows will have a sort of shared visual fidelity.
     
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    I LOVE Giancarlo Esposito’s interview too. That last shot we get of him standing astride that downed TIE, with the sun on his back, wielding the Darksaber - the BTS clips we get just look like what’s really happening. It’s absolutely gorgeous and it’s what the actor himself is actually experiencing in that moment.

    That Gallery series seems to be deliberately constructed to sell fans on what Favreau is doing. I’m an easy mark, I think, because it worked. I’m totally drinking the Kool-Aid on this one.
    Great point.
     
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