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Just The Facts: Story & Characters

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Last Updated: February 6th, 2005

Please note, the info in this section contains spoilers.

Aayla Secura
Anakin Skywalker
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EU Character
General Grievous
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Obi-Wan (Ben) Kenobi
Owen & Beru Lars
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Palpatine
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Tion Meddon
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Timeline
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Obi-Wan (Ben) Kenobi

Obi-Wan (Ben) Kenobi
  • "Fans of Obi-Wan are going to ecstatic about EP3." - RM
  • The classic saber of Ep4 Ben Kenobi will be among the sabers in use. - OS
  • Ewan McGregor had a lifecast done of his head and hands to allow makeup work for an effect needed early in Ep3. - OS
  • Ewan's hair will be styled more like a younger version of Alec Guinness. He will wear temple pieces, and they will be graying. Ewan's beard will be neatly trimmed and less bushy, with more sculpting and manicuring into a more goatee shape. - OS
  • A scene on a gunship scene will include Obi-Wan and Mace and Yoda. - OS
  • In one scene, Padmé and Obi-Wan will join C-3PO hurrying down a starship ramp to meet Bail Organa at its base. - OS
  • The major focus is the breakdown in friendship between Obi-Wan and Anakin. - SW Insider
  • A scene will include Obi-Wan, Anakin, Palpatine, Mace, and Bail Organa - as well as a swarm of Senators and planetary representatives, alien and human alike. - OS
  • One scene shot will include Yoda walking and talking with Obi-Wan and Bail Organa. - OS
  • There are new Starfighters being built for Anakin and Obi-Wan. - OS
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi, a fugitive, will find safe haven on an alien planet and in the company of an alien leader played by Bruce Spence. - BS
  • In one scene, Padmé, Obi-Wan and C-3PO will be "the scene that explains it all" on a vista with moderate winds. - OS
  • Anakin and Obi-Wan will be in an environment with "extreme wind". - OS
  • In one scene called a "Lobby" and "Hallway", Anakin and Obi-Wan will be walking down a corridor and will join R2-D-2 at one point. Anakin and Obi-Wan will also be in an "Elevator" scene together. - OS
  • We will see Anakin and Obi-Wan together on a landing platform on Coruscant. - OS
  • In a Jedi Council scene, we will see Mace Windu discussing new assignments with Hayden and Ewan. Yoda, Agen Kolar, Stass Allie, and Saesee Tiin are among those present. - OS
  • A bronze/copper R2 unit named R4-G9 will be Obi-Wan's new astro droid for his Jedi Starfighter. - OS
  • Obi-Wan, Anakin, and Padmé are in a scene described as "major" and "grim". - OS
  • Obi-Wan will swim in a body of water in the film. - OS
  • R4-P17 will return for scenes with Obi-Wan and will have a body added to the head that was seen in the Ep2 Starfighter. - OS
  • Obi-Wan will fly in a Jedi Starfighter in Ep2 and the scenes will include him calling to other pilots, describing the battle around him and other reactions. - OS
  • One scene on a landing platform will include Captain Typho, Padmé Amidala, Obi-Wan Kenobi and C-3PO. ILM will add in a digital speeder. - OS
  • Obi-Wan's new copper/bronze astro droid, R4-G9, will be included on a scene on another landing platform - which is more like a hangar bay. R4-G9 will be in Obi-Wan's starfighter and will not leave the ship, just as R2-P17 didn't in Ep2. - OS
  • The underwater tank set will feature a scene where Obi-Wan fights with droids. - RM
  • Obi-Wan and Anakin will have four scenes underwater which won't amount to much screentime. The first scene will involve Obi-Wan tangling with an enemy combatant and will involve close-ups of Obi-Wan. The last scene requires a wave machine and the water will fill a room to its ceiling. The set is lowered into the water to give the illusion of rising water. - OS
  • In one scene, an out-matched Obi-Wan fights over "Jedi business" and gets "clobbered". - OS
  • The lightsabers used by Obi-Wan and Anakin are ones we have seen before. - PH
  • Anakin and Obi-Wan's costumes will have discolorizations, cuts and burns from fighting and from their environment. - OS
  • The costume for Obi-Wan will have slight changes from the Ep2 look, which are changes to move the costume closer to the Obi-Wan look of Ep4. -TB
  • The headband worn by Obi-Wan in Ep2 is a "Jedi flight communicator" and will be seen again in Ep3, only it will be a different color. -TB
  • Early in the film, Anakin and Obi-Wan will wield lightsabers as partners fighting side-by-side, united against a common foe. - OS
  • Anakin will "save" Obi-Wan at one point during the film. - PH
  • Obi-Wan's actions in the film are pivotal to what ends the Clone Wars. - PH
  • Ewan and Hayden are the actors with the most screen time. - PH
  • At the beginning of the film Anakin and Obi-Wan are still good friends and we will see they have grown even closer since battling in the clone wars together. But Anakin has been building another friendship too... - PH
  • The reason Obi-Wan changes his name to "Ben" will be seen in the movie but not an explanation as to why he chose "Ben" as the specific name. - PH
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi will be hurled through the air, hit a wall, and collapse on the ground. - OS
  • Obi-Wan will enter a rocky cave in an alien wilderness. The cave will have craggy rocks and a circular opening. - OS
  • Obi-Wan will be seen in a new environment within the Jedi Temple and will fiddle with a high tech piece of equipment and a computer console imbedded inside a pillar. - OS
  • One scene in another new section of Jedi Temple will feature a conversation between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda. Yoda will walk across the frame. - OS
  • Obi-Wan will become "General Kenobi" and the great hero of the Clone Wars. -DG
  • In one complicated action sequence, Obi-Wan will be on a new planet, fighting opponents and will concentrate on a group of armed thugs looking for a fight. The thugs will be very thin and wearing cloaks. These new baddies are much more of a challenge in a fight than battle droids or Geonosian drones. They will brandish weapons that are quite effective against Jedi. - OS
  • We will see evidence that Obi-Wan's Jedi skills have improved since Ep2 and he is also noticeably higher up in the Jedi hierarchy. - PH
  • Obi-Wan is still not fond of flying, and we will see new reasons why he still bemoans it. - PH
  • Obi-Wan will ride a non-terrestrial animal in a maroon saddle. The animal is very organic, fast, and agile. Obi-Wan is in for a hair-raising ride. - OS
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi is in Ep3 a lot! -PE
  • "Obi-Wan has more than 1,000 moves, which are more complicated to learn than dialogue." -NG
  • "So far, one shot sits by itself in the OMIT pile. Although it was completed, George Lucas cut a 72-frame long reaction shot of Obi-Wan Kenobi which had a relatively simple visual effect in it: a scorch mark painted onto a background wall. - OS
  • One shot shows Mace Windu and Obi-Wan Kenobi lit by the slotted blinds of Yoda's quarters. This shot will last 8 seconds. - OS
  • Obi-Wan watched a holographic image in one scene. - OS
  • "Ewan McGregor can just do anything. I've known Ewan for years and whatever you give him to do, he can do it. I would have thought that no one could have become better than Ewan--after Phantom and Attack of the Clones, he just looked like the best. But Hayden learned fast and is now leagues ahead of everybody. He is terrifying!" -NG
  • "I developed different styles for the characters, and gave each of them a flaw or a bonus. So with Obi, for instance, he's got a very business-like style--when he was younger he could border on the flashy and might twirl his lightsaber a bit, because he was taught by Qui-Gon. Qui-Gon was brash, that rubbed off on Obi and Obi then taught Anakin, who was way too old to learn anyway." -NG
  • Ewan [McGregor, Obi-Wan Kenobi] had 1,000 moves to learn, as opposed to the three pages he had to learn in The Phantom Menace. -NG
  • Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter has green coloring. The cockpit and the undercarriage are flat gray and gray-white. - PH
  • We will not see anything specific about Obi-Wan serving directly for Bail Organa during the final Clone Wars, though it is understood that the handling of the war, such as it is, has fallen to the Senate. For a while, anyway. - PH
  • The planet where Obi-Wan will ride a creature for transportation and talk to Commander Cody with the line, "lets get going we still have a battle to win..." (as seen on the webdoc) is not on a mountainous planet. Quite the opposite. - PH
  • Obi-Wan has no contact with Chewbacca in Ep3. - PH
  • Obi-Wan and Padmé are close friends in Ep3. - PH
  • "One of the things that will get explained in the films is how Ben was able to retain his identity, because it happened somewhere in between the third and fourth movies. It is a discipline that he learned from Yoda. We don't ever get to see how he does it, but the idea of retaining your identity after you've passed on is something that Ben learned as a Jedi." - PH and GL
  • Obi-Wan is among the main characters with stunt work demanding enough to require digital doubling and mock heads of the character, created in exact detail. - OS
  • Obi-Wan's Episode 3 saber is the same one from Ep4. - PH
  • Obi-Wan's stern expression as seen in the webdoc 'This Weapon Is Your Life' is representative of Obi-Wan's demeanor throughout Episode 3. - PH
  • For additional photography, Ewan McGregor's beard was natural, as opposed to his fake beard during Episode II re-shoots. - OS
  • One scene involving Obi-Wan, Anakin and Padmé necessitated George's call to be "faster and more intense." - OS
  • While Obi-Wan sneaks around in his search for General Grievous, he speaks a very classic Alec Guinness line. - OS
  • The entire elevator sequence aboard the Trade Federation cruiser had to be re-edited so that the door is no longer sliced through by a lightsaber. Instead, Obi-Wan and Anakin now emerge from a normal sliding elevator door. - OS
  • In the opening shot, the camera pans down to a massive Republic cruiser which fills the screen. Two tiny Jedi starfighters [Anakin's and Obi-Wan's] buzz into the frame. - OS
  • In one scene, Anakin and Obi-Wan are surrounded by battle droids. - OS
  • In one shot during the opening space battle, Obi-Wan's starfighter avoids a massive explosion. - OS
  • There is a scene in the Tantive IV's cockpit as it approaches Coruscant. Two Alderaanian crew members helm the ship. Behind them is Obi-Wan Kenobi, Bail Organa, and Yoda, with Yoda sitting between Bail and Obi-Wan. - OS
  • Bail Organa is stopped by security after having touched down the Tantive IV at the Senate landing platform. This scene has been altered to include Obi-Wan Kenobi in the shot. - OS
  • In one scene, there is a holographic transmission from Bail Organa to Obi-Wan Kenobi. - OS
  • Shots filmed today include a concussed Obi-Wan returning to consciousness on Anakin's shoulder, Anakin stopping a dangerous descent with a Jedi grappling hook, and the Jedi duo swinging to abrupt stop into a vacant elevator lobby. - OS
  • In one shot, Ewan is rigged to a wire that lifts him off the ground from a Force throw [by Count Dooku]. - OS
  • Five Jedi extras fill out a scene with Obi-Wan and Yoda. In this scene, Yoda says, "The time for attack has come, Commander." - OS
  • In one scene, Obi-Wan is skulking through the shadows of an alien planet. For this shot, Obi-Wan descends a staircase. - OS
  • Obi-Wan pays visit to a world besieged by the Separatists. - OS
  • During additional photography, some shots are gathered during the Anakin vs. Obi-Wan duel of lightsabers clattering to the floor. - OS
  • One shot has Obi-Wan performing a soggy climb up the side of a cliff-face. - OS
  • One scene involves a farewell between Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi. - OS
  • A sequence during the opening space battle has been cut from the film. In the sequence, Anakin and Obi-Wan's flight into the enemy capital ship lines was to be interrupted by a protective squadron of tri-droids that would harass the starfighters. - OS
  • One sequence has Obi-Wan and Anakin clinging to the inside of an elevator shaft, looking up to see a turbolift car come roaring down towards them. - OS
  • During the opening shots, Obi-Wan's and Anakin's starfighters are flying synchronized. - OS
  • During the opening space battle, Anakin and Obi-Wan are part of a rescue mission. - OS
  • Animation of General Grievous and Obi-Wan Kenobi engaged in a bare-knuckle brawl is being developed and approved. - OS
  • In a conference room aboard the Tantive IV, Obi-Wan and Yoda discuss the dark road ahead. - OS
  • When on an alien world, Obi-Wan asks the natives for help. - OS
  • Anakin Skywalker tries a risky maneuver to stop insidious buzz droids launched by Separatist ships from destroying Obi-Wan Kenobi's Jedi starfighter in the skies over Coruscant. - OS
  • Obi-Wan and Anakin do not speak to each other about Qui-Gon at any point in the movie, but other characters do bring him up. - PH
  • Obi-Wan performs the Jedi Mind Trick in Episode III. - PH
  • Ewan [McGregor] has scenes on one of the Original Trilogy sets. - PH
  • Obi-Wan knew of the existence of Leia before The Empire Strikes Back. - PH
  • Ewan filmed a scene(s) as a hologram. - PH
  • Obi-Wan is on the Jedi Council for Episode III; his promotion is not seen on-screen, so it has presumably happened before the film's start. - PH
  • Going counter-clockwise from the Jedi Council chamber entrance, there is Plo Koon, Mace Windu, Yoda, Ki-Adi-Mundi, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Agen Kolar, a new appointee, the Ongree Jedi Master, Saesee Tiin, Kit Fisto, a yet-to-be-determined Jedi, and Stass Allie. - OS
  • Obi-Wan doesn't quite stand before the Jedi Council to get a new assignment. - PH
  • Only Yoda, Obi-Wan, and later, Anakin seem to figure out the force-ghost trick. - PH
  • Commander Cody is with Obi-Wan during his mission. - PH
  • Obi-Wan is a Jedi Master in Episode III. - PH
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi has some parting words with Commander Cody before boarding his Jedi starfighter on a crucial mission to track down General Grievous. - OS
  • In one scene, Obi-Wan's starfighter comes to an abrupt stop. It's cockpit canopy springs open and Kenobi somersaults out and through the air, landing in a combat stance. He begins whirling his lightsaber around him, slicing through battle droids. Obi-Wan's hood will be up in this sequence, with his face shadowed. - OS
  • As Obi-Wan lifts off in an appropriated starfighter and finishes a conversation with a holographic Bail Organa, a starry background fills the frame behind him. - OS
  • R4-G9 will only be seen in Obi-Wan's starfighter. - OS
  • "He [R4-G9] is Obi-Wan's droid. Obi-Wan, in Episode IV, says he never seems to remember owning a droid, so we figured he just leases them. The Jedi give them to you like when you get your lightsaber or whatever." - DB
  • There is a scene between Anakin and Obi-Wan in the Jedi briefing room. Other background Jedi file out of the briefing room in this scene. - OS
  • Anakin and Obi-Wan pilot their Jedi starfighters straight into a battle with an armada of Separatist ships high over the planet Coruscant. - OS
  • Super battle droids aboard a Trade Federation cruiser fire laser blasts at a pair of interlopers -- two Jedi on a rescue mission. - OS
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi must make a technical adjustment to some transmission equipment as the regular Jedi Temple IT team is unavailable to assist. - OS
  • One scene, which takes place in a Jedi Temple hallway, has sunlight spilling through the windows, creating stretches of light and darkness along the path of the Jedi. In this scene, Obi-Wan asks an unsettling favor of Anakin, further raising doubt in the conflicted young man. - OS
  • Obi-Wan is a Jedi Master and a General in the Clone Wars. He embarks on a dangerous mission to stop General Grievous in an attempt to bring the war closer to an end. - AFCB
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi and Bail Organa look on with concern as medical droids fight to save the life of a comrade. - THC
  • Aboard a Republic cruiser, Obi-Wan and Yoda make plans for the future following a crushing betrayal. - THC
  • On Obi-Wan's mission to find General Grievous and bring an end to the Clone Wars, he flies with R4-G9 on his starfighter's wing. - OS
  • When Obi-Wan Kenobi visits the sinkhole-riddled planet of Utapau, searching for General Grievous, Tion does what he can to be helpful. - OS
  • As Obi-Wan and Anakin infiltrate a Trade Federation cruiser, Obi-Wan hands R2-D2 a comlink. In subsequent scenes, the Jedi stay in contact with Artoo via the comlink. - Insider #78
  • We will see Ewan's patented Obi-Wan lightsaber twirl in Episode III. We may see some new ones, too. - NG
  • As Obi-Wan Kenobi tracks down General Grievous on Utapau, he confronts the droid general and his IG 100 MagnaGuards on the Tenth Level of a massive sinkhole city. The environment and the combatants will be realized through miniature and digital effects -- on set, Ewan McGregor had to fight against members of the Stunt Department dressed in blue and green while off-set dialogue reader Duncan Young provided Grievous' snarling dialogue. - OS
  • Knowing Leia's strengths in the political arenas, Obi-Wan had profound doubts about her abilities to become a Jedi capable of ending the Sith rule. - PH
  • "There's a line of training through Darth Tyranus and Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan and Anakin. You can follow that line, and there's an aggressive fault in that line. Mace isn't of that line, and that allows you to give him unique talents." Homing Beacon
  • On the fiery young world of Mustafar, a heat-blasted industrial facility serves as the backdrop for an epic duel between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker. The grueling battle progresses throughout the structure, from expansive platforms to claustrophobic corridors destined to be scarred and pitted by the whirling blades of light. - OS
  • Anakin and Obi-Wan's Jedi starfighters lead the charge against massed Separatist forces in the skies high above Coruscant. - Insider #80
  • Obi-Wan absorbs some disturbing news during a meeting of the Jedi High Council. - Insider #80
  • Anakin and Obi-Wan make quick work of a squadron of battle droids in the hangar bay of a Trade Federation cruiser. - Insider #80
  • Tion Medon, the prime minister of Utapau, gives some important information to Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi. - Insider #80
  • While some of the Separatist fighters are easy to deal with, Obi-Wan Kenobi finds that the super battle droids are not pushovers. - Insider #80
  • Anakin and Obi-Wan say their goodbyes in Scene 72, which takes place on a Clone Landing Platform. The background is filled out with a massive staging area and an immense Republic Star Destroyer. - OS
  • Obi-Wan believes that once he eliminates General Grievous, it will end the war. - Homing Beacon #127
  • In one scene, Obi-Wan and Yoda discover the devastation brought about by Darth Vader, the newest Dark Lord of the Sith. - Homing Beacon #127
  • "Obi-Wan knows his padawan is responsible for [recent devastating events]. It's like a parent knowing that his child has become truant but not knowing the extent of the damage until it was too late. Obi-Wan knew his child was responsible for all this in the blink of an eye, and as a Master, he is responsible for his Padawan." - DL
  • Anakin and Obi-Wan make their way across a narrow steam pipe overlooking a roiling cauldron of lava. - OS
  • An overwhelmed Padmé reclines aboard her starship, the Naboo skiff, looking up to Obi-Wan. She has a single line of dialogue, delivered to Obi-Wan. She's kind of hot and sweaty. The shot is seen from over Kenobi's shoulder, and Obi-Wan's face is not visible. - OS
  • In the [Dooku] duel, Dooku tosses both Anakin and Obi-Wan through the air like rag-dolls, using the Force to turn the two Jedi into barely-controlled missiles. - OS
  • In the years since the onset of the Clone Wars, Obi-Wan Kenobi has become a Jedi Master serving as a General in the ongoing war against the Separatists. After rescuing Chancellor Palpatine from the clutches of General Grievous, the dreaded commander of the droid armies, Obi-Wan tracks Grievous to the sinkhole planet of Utapau, where he must destroy him if the war is to end. - MR
  • By the time Obi-Wan returns to Coruscant, the Republic has fallen, and his worst fear is realized – his former Padawan Anakin Skywalker has turned to the dark side and become Darth Vader, a Dark Lord of the Sith. Now, Obi-Wan must confront – and destroy – his former apprentice. On the volcanic lava planet of Mustafar, old friends turned fierce enemies face off in the ultimate lightsaber battle that will forever change the destiny of a galaxy… - MR



Acronym Key:

GL = George Lucas (Director)
OS = Official Site (starwars.com)
RM = Rick McCallum (Producer)
CF = Colin Fletcher (First Assistant Director)
NP = Natalie Portman (Actress)
HC = Hayden Christensen
RB = Roger Barton (Film Editor)
IM = Ian McDiarmid (Actor)
GT = Genndy Tartakovsky (Clone Wars Animated Series Creator)
C2 = Celebration II
BB = Ben Burtt (Sound Editor)
JEJ = James Earl Jones (Voice Actor)
JK = John Knoll (Visual Effects/ILM)
PE = Paul Ens (Official Site)
GB = Gavin Bocquet (Production Designer)
JE = Joel Edgerton (Actor)
PM = Peter Mayhew (Actor)
RC = Rob Coleman (Visual Effects/ILM Supervisor)
AA = Amy Allen (Actress)
BS = Bruce Spence (Actor)
BL = Bai Ling (Actress)
CSC = Caroline de Souza Correa (Actress)
NG = Nikki Gooley (Makeup Supervisor)
JB = Jon Berg (Modelmaker)
EL = Euisung Lee (Animatics Artist)
LP = Lorne Peterson (Modelmaker)
DW = David Weitzberg (Visual Effects Artist)
MR = Master Replicas (Prop Replica Company)
DE = Dave Elsey (Creature Shop Creative Supervisor)
AD = Anthony Daniels (Actor)
MW = Matthew Wood (Supervising Sound Editor/Voice Actor)
TB = Trisha Biggar (Costume Designer)
SLJ = Samuel L. Jackson (Actor)
PH = Pablo Hidalgo (Official Site, Webcam)
RC = Ryan Church (Concept Artist)
DG = Dan Gregoire (Pre-Visualization Effects Supervisor)
DB = Don Bies (Droid Unit Supervisor)
NG = Nick Gillard (Stunt Coordinator/Swordmaster)
THC = Topps Heritage Card
AFCB = Action Figure Card Back
MK = Michael Kingma (Actor)
CL = Christopher Lee (Actor)
JL = James Luceno (Writer)
BG = Brian Gernand (Model Supervisor)


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