The Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney Plus show took a surprising risk by centering the story on a young Leia, meaning a child actor practically had to carry the show. Vivien Lyra Blair rose to the challenge and managed to channel both Carrie Fisher and Natalie Portman’s Padme into her performance. And Hayden Christensen, who reprized her role as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader, says she did “a great job.”
Blair is only ten years old, but she impressed with her performance, showing a young Leia bonding with Obi-Wan – a relationship that hasn’t been explored until well beyond; “Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you are my only hope.” Blair demonstrated Leia’s fiery, stubborn, and rebellious personality, much like Fisher in the original trilogy.
Talk to E ! New, said Christensen; “I was thrilled to see young Leia in this story and how she’s portrayed. I think they really imbued the character with all the qualities that make him great. And young Vivien did such a great job for him. Part of the fun was getting those little glimpses of Padme.
Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan repeatedly remarked to young Leia during the short season that she reminded him of his mother. Obi-Wan has obviously channeled his grief and guilt over what happened with Anakin and Padme into doing what he can to protect young Luke, and also now Leia.
The end of Obi-Wan Kenobi has led to inevitable speculation about another season. It looks like the key players – and especially McGregor – would be up for it, which is probably inevitable. Blair’s Leia is unlikely to feature much, if at all, however.
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