Ewan McGregor is returning to his most famous role in an even series for Disney+. Obi-Wan Kenobi will be set eight years after the events of Revenge Of The Sith and follow the character during his exile on Tatooine.
In a recent interview with the ACE Universe he spoke about the technology they are using to make the show. He confirmed that will be using The Volume from The Mandalorian to create the virtual stages. The volume is a favorite among actors as they say it’s much better to work within than a green screen environment.
If you have been watching the Disney+ behind the scenes show The Gallery on the making of The Mandalorian you will be familiar with the technology.
The entire stage is basically constructed of giant LCD screens and this is combined with an advanced Unreal Game Engine to create perfectly rendered landscapes and backgrounds complete with depth of field depending on camera angle and location. This has the effect of being able to create huge landscapes and virtual sets in-camera without location shoots or large scale construction. If you weren’t told about it, you wouldn’t be able to tell it was used in The Mandalorian.
McGregor said getting to play in this space at Lucasfilm is something he is most looking forward to:
“I think I am going to enjoy it much more. [The prequels] were all blue screen and green screen and it was hard to imagine, but nowadays I think things have moved on so much, and I think a lot of what you see is gonna be what we see on the set. I don’t know if you’ve seen the behind-the-scenes of The Mandalorian series, but they employ that incredible screen. It’s pretty amazing. It makes you feel like you’re in the place, it’s going to feel more real for us as actors.”
The series will be directed by Deborah Chow. She was behind the lens for the third episode of The Mandalorian titled The Sin. This episode featured a large scale shootout between a group of Mandalorian warriors and the Guild of Bounty Hunters.