The return of cast members Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen in Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi was one of the highlights of the year for fans. The six-episode mini-series follows the events of “Episode 3 – Revenge of the Sith” and can be streamed in its entirety on Disney Plus. But the work behind the scenes wasn’t always easy, as screenwriter Andrew Stanton revealed in an interview.
Stanton has worked frequently with Disney in the past. He accompanied films like Wall-E or Finding Nemo as a director. He has also scripted several Toy Story films and Monsters Inc. Now, for the first time in the world of Star Wars, he got to be creative: “It was both a blessing and a curse. You freak out because you can write ‘Vader says’ and ‘Kenobi says’. You pause and you’re like, ‘I can’t believe that I’m actually getting paid to write this.”
It’s not all great
However, Stanton was not able to develop completely freely. So he had to keep asking himself if his script would fit into the Star Wars canon: “[Der Grund dafür ist]that it is important to the fans. But it sometimes doesn’t allow you to go beyond things – which maybe they should – to tell a better story. It really limits you at times to story options that I think would be better. […] That frustrated me at times.”
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Andor would be right up his alley
Andrew Stanton has plenty of praise for Star Wars: Andor. Here, too, he would obviously have liked to be involved as an author: “I love it when something like Andor is in a safe place and can just do whatever it wants.” The Rogue One prequel is a lot less tied to the canon of Star Wars’ Skywalker saga. The series starring Diego Luna is currently on Disney Plus.