After years and years of speculation, Ewan McGregor confirmed his return as Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi for a new series on Disney+ at the 2019 D23 Expo. But the Obi-Wan series has suffered many delays and setbacks over the years. First as a movie, then as a series. However, things are finally back on track, with shooting set to start in the not-too-distant future. And at a recent Disney investors conference we got even more info including a logo and the news that Hayden Christensen will be returning as Darth Vader. Here’s everything we know about the Obi-Wan Kenobi series so far:
Will It Be A Limited Series?
So far, it appears that the Obi-Wan show is a “one and done” standalone season. While speaking to Entertainment Tonight, McGregor said,”As I understand, it’s a standalone season.” But he leaves open the possibility that there could be more when asked about a season two. “We’ll see. Who knows?” It doesn’t sound like he’s permanently closing the book on Old Ben.
When Does Filming Begin?
McGregor confirmed in the same interview with Entertainment Tonight that the date for production starting is early 2021. He said, “Spring next year we start. I’m really excited about it. It’s gonna be great, I think.” With a spring 2021 start date, don’t expect to see the series before late 2021—or more likely early 2022.
Who’s Behind the Scenes?
That as-of-yet untitled Obi-Wan Kenobi series’ director and executive producer is Deborah Chow. She directed tw0 episodes of The Mandalorian last year, both fan-favorite episodes (“Chapter 3: The Sin” and “Chapter 7: The Reckoning”). Lucasfilm officially announced Chow as helming the series back in September of 2019. As with all things Star Wars, Kathleen Kennedy is also an executive producer. Ewan McGregor is also a producer on the series.
Hossein Amini (Drive) is writing the scripts for the series. On the subject of the scripts he’s read thus far, McGregor revealed in January that: “The scripts are really good. I saw 90% of the writing. There was all this bullshit about [there] being creative differences and all that stuff. None of it true; they just pushed the dates.”
Who’s In The Cast?
Of course, Ewan McGregor will be returning as Obi-Wan Kenobi. But the bigger news is that Disney confirmed that Hayden Christensen is returning as Anakin Skywalker. And that makes sense as there will be plenty of flashbacks to the Clone Wars era.
Hayden Christensen returns as Darth Vader, joining Ewan McGregor in OBI-WAN KENOBI. The Original Series begins 10 years after the dramatic events of Revenge of the Sith, and is coming to #DisneyPlus. pic.twitter.com/9WR2npRUkk
Other rumors suggest that Darth Vader will play a part, as would Temuera Morrison as Clone Commander Cody. There’s even been a report that Lucasfilm is looking for young children to play eight year old versions of both Luke and Leia! Fan speculation also has the prequel’s Owen and Beru Lars (Joel Edgerton and Bonnie Piesse) returning, as well as the Liam Neeson providing the voice of Qui-Gonn Jinn.
We reiterate, none of this is confirmed at all. But any or all of these cast additions would make a ton of sense.
What Is It About?
Plot details surrounding the series are quite limited. The only thing we know for certain is that it takes place eight years after the events of Revenge of the Sith and eleven years before A New Hope. This puts Obi-Wan in the middle of his nineteen year exile on Tatooine. Although some stories about Obi-Wan’s time as “Old Ben” in the desert wasteland exist in comics and other media, it’s still a largely unexplored time in his life.
There are rumors, however, that part of the delay was that the original storyline focused on the Jedi protecting a young charge (maybe Luke?) from being hunted down. But this was too close to the plot of The Mandalorian. Current rumors suggest that the story is focused on Darth Vader’s quest to find Obi-Wan. If this is the case, it will be interesting to see how the producers create drama from this scenario, as we know Vader fails in this mission. But as of now, all of these reports about the story are unconfirmed.
Why a Series, And Not a Movie?
As most Star Wars fans know, Lucasfilm originally conceived the Obi-Wan series as a feature film. But after Solo flopped at the box office, the studio decided to hold off on doing more standalone movies. Rumor has it that the Josh Trank Boba Fett movie simply morphed into The Mandalorian. And thus, the Obi-Wan movie became a series as well. Rumors became fact when Ewan McGregor finally confirmed the series on stage last summer at the D23 Expo. He even admitted he’d kept it a secret for nearly five years.
How Many Episodes Will There Be?
Right now, the episode count is six episodes—at least according to McGregor. But it wouldn’t be shocking if it increased or decreased. We’ll be happy to take whatever McGregor lightsaber wielding, Force using action we can get.
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Originally published on January 23, 2020.
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