Ever since Obi-Wan Kenobi''s new Star Wars series, which takes place between the original trilogy and the prequel trilogy, has arrived in late May, one question has been asked 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 between those periods is pretty much the same: ten years between Revenge of the Sith and Obi-Wan Kenobi and A New Hope. However, the similarities between the original trilogy Obi-Wan and the new Obi-Wan is huge, as many, many, many are happy to point out on social media.
We at Polygon, we aim to answer the key questions. We have studied data with our huge team of aging scientists, and we have the answers you need.
Why does Obi-Wan Kenobi age like that?
Because he''s not real, and is a fictional character played by different individuals.
In the prequel trilogy and the Obi-Wan Kenobi series, Alec Guinness plays the character, which he was 62 when he first directed A New Hope, and he died in 2000. Ewan McGregor is also played by two people. Incredible!
Wait, so Obi-Wan Kenobi is not a real person?
Yes, Obi-Wan Kenobi is fictional, and is depicted by many actors who each grew a normal amount over the course of appearing in these films and shows. Ah, cinema.