Another Star Wars: The Force Awakens Cameo Revealed
Spoilers ahead for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, in theaters now.
James Arnold Taylor, best known for playing Obi-Wan Kenobi on Clone Wars, says that he did indeed record a line for Star Wars: The Force Awakens...but that his voice was replaced by Star Wars prequel series star Ewan McGregor before the film's release.
Fans asked Taylor, who is reportedly the one officially credited, if that was his voice shouting a character's name during a key fantasy sequence in the newly-released sequel. Here's what he had to say:
@t_betts94 yes, it was me originally but they replaced my version with Ewan. I guess if I'm gonna be replaced it should be him! 😀— James Arnold Taylor (@JATactor) December 19, 2015
A number of voice actors from the Clone Wars and Rebels series were reportedly used for voiceover cameos as Stormtroopers and other non-human characters. Simon Pegg and longtime J.J. Abrams collaborator Greg Grunberg also appeared in the film, and there was even a reported cameo by James Bond himself, Daniel Craig. Check out our list of Star Wars: The Force Awakens cameos.
Update: According to a report by EW, not only is Ewan McGregor's voice in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but Alec Guinness' voice is included as well. In Rey's dream sequence, Obi-Wan Kenobi can be heard saying, "Rey … these are your first steps." McGregor recorded the entire line, but the "Rey" word was replaced with a recording of Guinness' voice.
J.J. Abrams said, "So when you hear Obi-Wan talk to Rey it is both Alec Guinness and Ewan McGregor doing the voice."
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is in theaters now.