Did You Hear Obi-wan Speak to Rey in the Force Awakens?

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Did You Hear Obi-wan Speak to Rey in the Force Awakens?

So it wasn't until my second viewing of The Force Awakens that I heard Old Ben Kenobi call out to Rey during the flash back scene.

I thought it was pretty exciting when I realised this.

At work the next day I was chatting like a school girl on speed with a couple of dudes who had seen the movie and they hadn't heard it so I doubted that I actually had heard it too.

And then the internet went bonkers over the revelation from TFA's director JJ Abrams that yes, that was Obi-Wan Kenobi calling out to Rey and that the voice was that of both actors that have played Kenobi, the younger Ewan McGregor and the older, nominated for an Oscar for his turn at the role, Sir Alec Guinness!

So what was the actual quote that Ben Kenobi called out to Ren? It was:

‘Rey! These are your first steps'

It turns out that Ewan had been called into the production to record this line of dialogue.

Which is pretty cool as he was arguably the best thing about the Prequel Trilogy. He was the ultimate Obi-Wan in Revenge of the Sith and his part made Guinness' turn all the more special when you begin to understand what the character went through to get to that point he faces Darth Vader in ANH.

So how did this happen that Guinness had a line as well as McGregor?

You can thank producer Bryan Burk for surprising JJ with some dialogue that Guinness had recorded when he said the word ‘afraid'. The sound engineers were able to take the Rey sounding syllable as it was phrased just the way the script needed it. McGregor's words were used for the rest of the line.

Abrams said of the cameo appearance:

“The idea of the voices was, we wanted the audience to feel – but not necessarily be presented right in your face — this idea that familiar, Force-strong voices were connecting with her. At least as well as they could.”

Given this, the words “Rey! These are your first steps” seemed to imply that Rey was destined to become a Jedi.

The Last Jedi confirmed this right at the end when Luke declared he was not actually the Last Jedi.

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Paul Rose Jr has worked as TV News Producer, Forensic Analyst, and Train Conductor, among many other things. He’s the former TV Editor for Infuzemag.com and owns more books, DVDs, and comics than most people have seen in their lifetimes. When he’s not writing articles, he exercises his creative muscle writing screenplays and acting in film and television in Los Angeles, CA.