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Star Wars is back once again, and Hayden Christensen did a masterful job of sending excitable fans to fever pitch ahead of the premiere.
New Disney+ miniseries Obi-Wan Kenobi premiered yesterday (Thursday 26 May), and stars Ewan McGregor and Christensen were interviewed beforehand at the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California.
As you'd expect, the crowd were extremely giddy, but Christensen sent them into a frenzy when asked if there were any last words he wanted to say to fans before they got to feast their eyes on the new series.
After a brief pause, the 41-year-old said simply: "This is where the fun begins."
With that, the place erupted, fans jumping up and down screaming like the actor had just scored a last-minute winner in a derby, waving their lightsabers in jubilation.
To people who aren't into their galaxies far, far away, this might seem like a bit of an overreaction from the crowd.
But it was actually a reference to his line from the 2005 movie Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, and who doesn't love a bit of callback?
The new series – which was released today (Friday 27 May) – takes place in the aftermath of Order 66, which instructs all Jedi to be killed.
The official synopsis reads: "During the reign of the Galactic Empire, former Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi embarks on a crucial mission.
"Kenobi must confront allies turned enemies and face the wrath of the Empire."
Joining McGregor and Christensen at the Star Wars Celebration event were co-stars Rupert Friend and Moses Ingram, director Deborah Chow and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy.
McGregor told the audience that taking the character of Obi-Wan Kenobi to 'a darker, more broken place' had been a 'brilliant challenge'.
He added: "It's really special to come back to play him with Deborah, with our brilliant cast and I think what happened since we finished episode three in 2003… we've started to feel all of your love for the prequels we've made.
"That's meant an enormous amount to us and to me personally.
"To feel the warmth you have for them has made the experience the most amazing thing."
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