Ever since Obi-Wan Kenobi''s new Star Wars series, which takes place between the original trilogy and the prequel trilogy, has been equated on Twitter: Why does Obi-Wan look so much older in the original trilogy compared to the difference between the prequels and the new show?
The in-universe time gap between those periods is quite the same: around ten years between Revenge of the Sith and Obi-Wan Kenobi and A New Hope. However, the comparison between the original trilogy Obi-Wan and the new Obi-Wan is complicated, as many, many, many, many are eager to mention it on social media.
We at Polygon, we aim to answer important questions. Weve reviewed data with our crack team of aging scientists, and we have the answers you need.
Why does Obi-Wan Kenobi age like that?
Because he is not real, he is a fictional character played by different people.
Alec Guinness plays Obi-Wan Kenobi in the original film, A New Hope, and he died in 2000. Ewan McGregor was 26 when he directed The Phantom Menace, and he is currently 51. Wow!
Wait, so Obi-Wan Kenobi is not a real person?
Yes, Obi-Wan Kenobi is a fictional character that is depicted by several actors who each aged a regular amount over the course of appearing in these movies and shows. Ah, cinema.