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Obi-Wan’s aging issue is one of the oldest canon inconsistencies in Star Wars, and the Obi-Wan Kenobi show has only made the problem worse.
WARNING: SPOILERS for Obi-Wan Kenobi season 1.
Obi-Wan Kenobi had the chance to address one of Star Wars’ biggest canon inconsistencies with the Ewan McGregor to Alec Guinness aging problem, but only ended up making it worse. After years of rumors and wishful thinking, an Obi-Wan show starring Ewan McGregor set between the prequels and the original trilogy finally happened. As such, Obi-Wan Kenobi could not only dive into its titular character but also better fill the gaps between Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, a task that proved not to be as easy as it sounded.
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As much as Obi-Wan Kenobi could do in terms of improving the Star Wars canon and fixing inconsistencies, the focus of the show always seemed to be on telling an Obi-Wan story. Despite the roles of Darth Vader, Leia, and the Inquisitors, it was Obi-Wan’s emotional journey following his failures with Anakin Skywalker and with the Republic that were at the center of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Still, the show did find time to offer better insight on lines from A New Hope and other headscratchers from the original trilogy.
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However, how Obi-Wan goes from a guy who appears to be in his mid-30s in the prequels to a 60-year-old Alec Guinness who appears considerably older in the span of 19 years was a question that Obi-Wan Kenobi did not answer. Throughout the show, it was theorized that Obi-Wan being burned by Darth Vader would explain the accelerated aging of the character, but that was not the case. In fact, during Obi-Wan Kenobi’s season 1 ending, after Obi-Wan has restored his confidence and has better reconnected with the Force, the character still looks more like the Revenge of the Sith version than the Alec Guinness one.
The Obi-Wan Kenobi Age Problem
In 1977’s Star Wars film, Obi-Wan Kenobi was played by Sir Alec Guinness, who was 62 by the time the film wrapped but looked older. Twenty-two years after audiences met Obi-Wan for the first time, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace introduced a younger version of the character, who was still a padawan, played by Ewan McGregor. The problem is that in Revenge of the Sith, which takes place only 19 years before A New Hope, Ewan McGregor was 34 years old – and arguably looked younger than that. As such, it was always difficult to picture how the character would grow into the old figure played by Alec Guinness in the original Star Wars. The Obi-Wan Kenobi age problem was one of the many canon inconsistencies created during the prequel trilogy, and audiences have been trying to find in-universe explanations for such a noticeable change of looks ever since.
How Old Does Obi-Wan Kenobi Look?
In canon, Obi-Wan Kenobi was 57 years BBY. That means he’s 48 years old during the events of Obi-Wan Kenobi. As much as Ewan McGregor’s current age matches the canon, as the actor is 51 years old, Obi-Wan still doesn’t look anywhere near close to how he will look in less than nine years and more as if he’s in his mid-40s. George Lucas opted for the Star Wars prequel trilogy to take place not too long before A New Hope and thus created a long-term problem regarding Obi-Wan’s age in canon. By having Ewan McGregor look almost the same as he did during Revenge of the Sith, Obi-Wan Kenobi not only wasted a great opportunity to finally fix that issue, but it also made it more noticeable.
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