Both Alec Guiness and Ewan McGregor are heard in The Force Awakens

By a stroke of luck both Star Wars Obi Wan Kenobi actors are heard in Episode VII The Force Awakens.

If you haven’t seen the movie yet, you might want to stop reading now.

When Rey finds Luke Skywalker’s lost lightsaber a brief dream sequence occurs revealing several images and voices.

One such voice at the the end of the sequence says “Rey… these are your first steps.”.

The Star Wars Obi Wan Kenobi actor Ewan McGregor was asked to come in to the studio and record the line, explained JJ Abrams to Entertainment Weekly.

“Here’s the cool part. We asked Ewan McGregor to come in and do the line. And he was awesome and we were very grateful. He was incredibly sweet and handsome, and all that stuff. Then he rode off on his motorcycle. Literally the coolest voice over actor ever.”

Ewan McGregor as Obi Wan Kenobi
Ewan McGregor as Obi Wan Kenobi

But the first word ‘Rey’ was actually voiced by Alec Guiness, which surprised JJ Abrams.

“I said, ‘That’s cool, is that the thing from Ewan McGregor?’ He said ‘No, we took a line from Alec Guinness saying ‘Afraid.’ They cut it, and you hear the performance – he’s saying it the way I would have begged Alec Guinness to have said it. It is so crazy perfect. So when you hear Obi-Wan talk to Rey it is both Alec Guinness and Ewan McGregor doing the voice.”

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Even Frank Oz was called in to record a line for Yoda, but in the end they chose a recording they already had.

“He was incredibly generous and came in to Bad Robot, where we had a recording area, and he was doing Yoda, saying a number of lines we gave to him. This whole experience has been one outrageous moment after another. Just watching Frank Oz, you look at him and talk to him and his voice is very deep. I don’t know why I would have thought he sounded like Miss Piggy!”

Rey saves BB-8 from being scavenged
Rey saves BB-8 from being scavenged

Talking of Rey’s dream scene, it was also felt that Rey’s past should not be uncovered in The Force Awakens and is perhaps a job for Episode VIII joked Lawrence Kasdan:

“We’re hoping Rian Johnson can figure that out,” Kasdan joked. “We were really stymied!”

 

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