Ewan McGregor is a Scottish actor and director. His first professional role was in the British TV series ‘Lipstick on Your Collar’ which aired in 1993. His first notable role was as Alex Law in 1994’s ‘Shallow Grave’, directed by Danny Boyle. 1996 was a big year for him as he had four movies coming out that year. He played Jerome in ‘The Pillow Book’, Andy in ‘Brassed Off’, and Frank Churchill in ‘Emma’. But the role which brought him into the public light was of Renton in ‘Trainspotting’. The movie was loved by the critics and the audience alike, with special mentions of McGregor for his amazing performance. The movie has become a cult classic over time and the sequel to it titled ‘T2 Trainspotting’ was released in 2017.
In 1997, McGregor starred as Martin Bells in ‘Nightwatch’, Meneer Chrome in ‘The Serpent’s Kiss’, and Robert Lewis in ‘A Life Less Ordinary’. He then played Curt Wild In 1998’s ‘Velvet Goldmine’. McGregor received worldwide recognition in 1999 when he starred as Obi-Wan Kenobi in ‘Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace’. He then starred again as Obi-Wan Kenobi in 2002’s ‘Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones’ and in ‘Star Wars: Episode III –Revenge of the Sith’ which released in 2005. Although the ‘Star Wars’ prequel trilogy was not liked either fans or critics, McGregor’s performance was appreciated by both.
In 2001, McGregor starred opposite Nicole Kidman in ‘Moulin Rouge’ as Christian. He received a Golden Globe nomination for this role and the film was also a big hit. He also starred as Grimes in ‘Black Hawk Down’, which too released in 2001 and was also a big success. McGregor then starred as Catcher Block in “Down with Love’ and as Joe Taylor in ‘Young Adam’, both of which released in 2003. He then played the young Ed Bloom in the critically-acclaimed movie ‘Big Fish’ which too released in 2003. He received a lot of praise for his performance in the movie from critics as well as the audience.
Michael Bay is known for working with big-budget sci-fi movies and McGregor bagged the lead role in his 2006 film, ‘The Island’, opposite Scarlett Johansson. He did a lot of movies in the following years leading up to the 2009 film ‘Angels & Demons’. In the movie, he played Camerlengo Patrick McKenna for which he received wide appreciation. He appeared as Dr. Alfred Jones in 2011’s ‘Salmon Fishing in the Yemen’, a role for which he received his second Golden Globe Nomination. McGregor starred as Henry in 2012’s ‘The Impossible’, Bill Fordham in 2013’s ‘August: Osage County’, and Brendan Lynch in ‘Son of a Gun’, which released in 2014.
In 2016, McGregor made his directorial debut with a film named ‘American Pastoral’. The movie received mixed reviews but was hit among audiences. He gave the performance of his life in the third season of the TV series ‘Fargo’ which aired in 2017. McGregor played the role of twin brothers Emmit and Ray Stussy for which he won a Golden Globe. He then played Cole in ‘Zoe’ and Christopher Robin in ‘Christopher Robin’, both of which released in 2018.
At this point, the question that might be circling your mind is when is the next Ewan McGregor movie or television show coming? Well, the good news is that we have a clear answer to that question. Here’s the list of upcoming Ewan McGregor films and television shows scheduled to release in the near future. We can only hope that the new Ewan McGregor movies would be as good as some of his recent ones.
5. Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn (2020)
‘Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn’ is a spin-off to 2016’s ‘Suicide Squad’ and features Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn in the lead. It follows Harley Quinn after she splits up with Joker and joins hands with three other female superheroes – Black Canary, Huntress, and Renee Montoya, to save the life of a little girl from an evil crime lord.
McGregor stars as Black Mask, one of the top villains of Batman. The hopes from this movie are very high from the fans as well as the production studios who invested in it. The movie is being directed by Cathy Yan and is currently in the post-production stage. The movie is due to be released on February 7, 2020.
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4. The Birthday Cake (2020)
Life is absurd enough that the most random sequence of events can change it irrevocably forever. ‘The Birthday Cake’ is an upcoming crime, drama, and thriller directed by Jimmy Giannopoulos, that espouses this message. The film follows Giovanni who reluctantly takes a cake to his uncle’s house on the 10th anniversary of his father’s death.
Relatives make us uncomfortable sometimes, as is, but this uncle happens to be a mob boss. The idea is to have a cake for a celebration, but two hours into the night, Giovanni’s life is changed forever. Not much else is known about the plot, but the involvement of the mob boss leads us to believe that the plot will have something to do with breaking the law.
The cast for the project is stellar, as Val Kilmer stars apart from Ewan McGregor. Kilmer plays the role of Uncle Angelo, the mob boss, in the movie. With a fantastic cast, we expect the performances to be top-notch, heightening the drama. The movie does not have a release date yet and is currently in post-production stages, leading us to believe that it is on track for the estimated 2020 release.
3. Untitled Star Wars/Obi-Wan Kenobi Series (TBA)
The ‘Untitled Star Wars/Obi-Wan Kenobi Series’ is part of the new ‘Star Wars’ offering that comes from Disney+. The platform is putting out great content from George Lucas’ universe, taking the franchise in exciting new directions. One only has to look at the space Western, ‘The Mandalorian‘, to get an idea of what the House of Mouse is doing with ‘Star Wars’.
Now, the series on Obi-Wan, one of the most prominent characters, has fans all excited. However, almost nothing is known about the plot at the moment due to Disney’s habit of keeping the cards notoriously close to their chest. All we know is that the project was conceived as a movie before it got turned into a television show. Ewan McGregor will be reprising his role in the show, and it should be an effortless return for the actor who has stepped into the character’s role numerous times.
Chronologically, the upcoming series is set eight years after the events of ‘Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith’ and eleven years prior to ‘Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope’. Production is slated to begin in 2020, but no release date has been announced for the show yet.
2. The Cow (TBA)
‘The Cow’ is a comedy directed by Marc Forster and written by Bill Prady. It follows an American pilot during World War II, who avoids being captured by the Germans with the help of a cow after his plane is shot down. McGregor will play the role of Charlie Granger, the pilot in the film.
The film is expected to be a fun watch but nothing can be said with certainty. Filming of the movie has not started yet but is expected to begin soon. It is expected to be released in the latter half of 2020.
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1. The Land of Sometimes (TBA)
‘The Land of Sometimes’ is an animated film based on the critically acclaimed Audio Book. We will follow the journey of two twins who are whisked off to a mysterious Island of strange and wonderful characters, where all their wishes come true in ways beyond their imagination. The movie will be directed by Leon Joosen.
McGregor will voice the character of The Wish Collector in the movie. Nothing else is known about the movie but we hope that it remains honest to the amazing source material. It is currently in the pre-production stage and the production is expected to start soon. It can be expected to be released in late-2020.
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Doctor Sleep (2019)
‘Doctor Sleep’ is the sequel to the 1980’s movie ‘The Shining’. ‘The Shining’ needs no introduction. It was directed by Stanley Kubrick and features one of the finest performances of Jack Nicholson. ‘Doctor Sleep’ too is based on a book by Stephen King and has been directed by Mike Flanagan.
It continues years after the events of ‘The Shining’ and follows a now-adult Danny Torrence who meets a young girl with similar powers as his and tries to protect her from a cult known as ‘The True Knots’ who prey on children with powers to remain immortal. McGregor plays the role of Dan Torrence in the movie. The cast also includes Rebecca Ferguson and Jacob Tremblay. The movie released on November 8, 2019.
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