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Wednesday, 10 October, 2001, 12:30 GMT 13:30 UK
McGregor may open Star Wars show
Ewan McGregor and Liam Neeson
Ewan McGregor (left) plays Obi Wan Kenobi
A Scottish council is in negotiations with Hollywood star Ewan McGregor to open an exhibition of memorabilia from the Star Wars films.

Edinburgh City Council said on Wednesday it hoped the Crieff-born actor would attend the launch of the exhibition in March next year.

This would coincide with the expected release date of the new film - Attack of the Clones - in which McGregor resumes his role as the young Obi Wan Kenobi.

Around 200 original objects from the first four films will be on show when The Art of Star Wars exhibition comes north for its only Scottish date at Edinburgh's City Art Centre.

C-3PO and R2-D2
The droids C-3PO and R2-D2 appear in the exhibition

At the media launch for the exhibition, the council's recreation director Herbert Coutts said: "We are having discussions with a number of celebrities.

"We must be careful about actually reporting before any agreements are concluded but there is a celebrity we are hoping to contact, a particular Scottish-born movie star we are having discussions with."

Mr Coutts later admitted that he was referring to Mr McGregor who appeared in the last Star Wars movie, The Phantom Menace.

He added: "We are making contact, we are only just starting to talk about that and it would be unwise to say that anything is definite."

The council's executive member for leisure and culture said that he hoped the event would be as popular with Scots as a Star Trek exhibition held six years ago.

'Unique opportunity'

Steve Cardownie said: "This is a unique opportunity for Scottish fans to enter the world of Star Wars."

The Art of Star Wars has already proved to be a huge hit south of the Border.

The exhibition attracted 150,000 visitors during its run last year at the Barbican Centre in London, making it the biggest show the arts centre has ever staged.

Star Wars spaceships
X-wing Starfighter under attack
It will run in Edinburgh between 23 March and 8 September following its current run in Helsinki, Finland.

Among the hundreds of exhibits are conceptual drawings of the two central characters R2-D2 and C-3PO, costumes for Luke Skywalker and Darth Vadar along with a selection of Queen Amidala's gowns from the last film.

The exhibition will also include sound and visual effects, original models of fighter aircraft and Star Wars games for visitors.

Anthony Daniels, the actor who has played C-3PO in all of the Star Wars movies, is expected to attend the Edinburgh leg of the exhibition.

It will also be supported by Glasgow-based Tricia Biggar, who designed of all the costumes for the recent films.

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