Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christiansen, and Deborah Chow recently talked about how Obi-Wan Kenobi will handle pivotal Star Wars lines.

With the 20-year bridge between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope slowly being closed within the Star Wars universe, Obi-Wan Kenobi has a tough task to tackle— making certain dialogue from A New Hope make sense with Vader and Kenobi’s reunion.

“Send a scanning crew aboard. I want every part of this ship checked.” So far everything sounds like pretty standard Imperial protocol. But then Vader mysteriously adds, “I sense something. A presence I’ve not felt since…”

Vader said this in reference to Obi-Wan, who was aboard the Millenium Falcon at the time before they later met face to face.

“The circle is now complete,” Vader tells him when they meet up later in A New Hope. “When I left you, I was but the learner. Now I am the master.”

When Christensen and McGregor had this brought to their attention by the interviewer, who asked if it would be addressed, the two answered the question in a sheepish manner.

“Maybe?” responded Christensen as a big smile took over his face.

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“Maybe,” McGregor agreed, before expanding on how the new series changes things in all directions. “It’s fun. It’s very clever how all these threads are created. It’s like working backwards and forwards at the same time for the writers and for Deborah.”

Next, Deborah Chow was asked about how the series ties into the surrounding movies.

“It was definitely something we were very mindful of,” she said. “And for me also taking on [George Lucas’] legacy, it’s an honor to take these characters and be able to tell a new story with them. So I wanted to be very respectful to what exists and not change anything that George intended originally or anything like that.”

“Obviously there is room for interpretation here,” Chow said. “And telling [the story] that they did have these 20 years, and obviously something happened in these 20 years, and that there are some things from our series where there’s going to be a little bit more room for interpretation on.”

Ewan McGregor also had high praise for Chow and gushed over her knowledge of the Star Wars universe.

“Deborah Chow is unbelievable,” he said. “What an amazing director. And what an amazing leader for us in the show. It’s so great working with her. Just so exciting. She has got such quiet authority and she’s really, really on it. She really knows this world backwards and inside out, and there was never a moment where she didn’t know exactly what was going on, what she wanted, what she needed. It was brilliant working with her.”

“For her, in the pre-production process, making all of that work and taking things that were said on the set in 1975 and trying to link it into what we said in 2003 and making it all work — it’s a really interesting prospect, and they did such an amazing job with it.”

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