Character Profile - Owen Lars

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Greetings, Rebelscum fans! This week on the site, we’re looking at the Lars homestead where Luke Skywalker grew up. In case you hadn’t heard, a young Luke and his adopted uncle were featured in the Disney+ series Obi-Wan Kenobi. Make sure to stay tuned throughout the week for more articles, insights, videos, and merchandising opportunities about this iconic Star Wars location!


“But Uncle Owen!” Luke whines throughout his introductory scenes of A New Hope. A lot of young adults could relate to Mark Hamill’s existential musings in the opening moments of the first film. He seemingly wanted to go on grand adventures throughout the galaxy, but he’s forced to stay home on Tatooine with his relatively dull adopted guardians. Little does Luke know that Uncle Owen’s strict concern is actually merited; he’s trying to protect his nephew from falling down the same dark path that his father did. When Luke brings up the idea of visiting a “Ben Kenobi,” Owen dismisses him.


The death of Owen and Beru Lars is one of the most shocking moments in the entire saga (and surprisingly violent for a PG rated film). Luke has his first experience with tragedy, and realizes that he will never be the same wholesome teenager ever again. Owen and Beru are unfortunate casualties of the larger events of the galaxy. The early moments where Luke interacts with his Aunt and Uncle show a causal sense of decency that is so rare in the Outer Rim.


Phil Brown played Owen Lars in A New Hope. Although he was living in England during the time of A New Hope’s production, Brown was cast for his strong American accent. Lucas compared the character of Owen to the unseen parental figures in his previous film, American Graffiti. Brown wrote, directed, and starred in many U.K. productions before he returned to the United States in 1993. He frequently appeared at Star Wars Celebrations and fan events. In 2002, Brown attended Star Wars Celebration II. He got to meet Joel Edgerton, who had been cast as Owen in Attack of the Clones.


Edgerton has had an amazing career trajectory since his first appearance in the Star Wars franchise. An Australian actor, Edgerton was cast in Attack of the Clones in the early stages of his career. However, he has become one of the greatest character actors of his generation in the past twenty years. Edgerton delivered phenomenal performances in films such as Warrior, Zero Dark Thirty, The Great Gatsby, Life, Black Mass, Midnight Special, Loving, It Comes At Night, The King, and The Green Knight. Edgerton also began a career behind the camera, earning critical acclaim for his directorial efforts The Gift and Boy Erased. He received a Critics’ Choice Award nomination for his performance in Barry Jenkins’ historical miniseries The Underground Railroad. It is exciting to see an actor whose career launched with Star Wars return to his origins.


What do you think, Rebelscum fans? Which version of Uncle Owen do you prefer? Do you have any favorite action figures? Let us know below, and as always, may the Force be with you!

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