A spin-off series featuring an older Obi-Wan Kenobi is coming to Disney+. Here's everything we know.
'Star Wars' fans, it's time to celebrate! A new Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off series is in development at Disney+, starring Ewan McGregor.
The new series will feature the events before the Jedi Master trained Luke Skywalker in the ways of the Force in the original film.
The upcoming series is aptly called 'Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi', and features a star-studded cast.
Here is everything we know about 'Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi'.
There is still no release date for now, but we will likely have to wait until 2022 based on the current production schedule. Ewan McGregor confirmed that the show will begin production in March 2021. McGregor will be reprising the role he played in the 'Star Wars' prequel movies.
We will update this space once we get new information.
The exact plot details are kept under the rugs for now, but we know that the show is set 10 years after Revenge of the Sith and nine years before A New Hope. This was the period when we first met Obi-Wan Kenobi (played by Alec Guinness) as an older man. As of this writing, no one knows what the Old Ben Kenobi will be up to in the upcoming show, but we are expecting more details to unfold soon.
The entire show will take place on Tatooine, the desert planet located in the galaxy's Outer Rim Territories where the Jedi Master exiled himself after saving baby Luke and Leia at the end of 'Revenge of the Sith'.
The incredible cast includes Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen, Moses Ingram, Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell and Benny Safdie. pic.twitter.com/VltHs5Aw6r— Star Wars (@starwars) March 29, 2021
We already confirmed the official casting of McGregor for the upcoming series. Fans will be thrilled to know that he is not the only one who will be reprising his role. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy announced in December 2020 that Hayden Christensen will be reprising his role as Darth Vader in the upcoming series. Joel Edgerton and Bonnie Piesse will also be reprising their Revenge of the Sith roles as Luke Skywalker's Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru Lars.
By March 2021, Star Wars finally announced the rest of the cast members. 'The Queen's Gambit' star Moses Ingram, 'Eternals' star Kumail Nanjiani, 'Game of Thrones' star Indira Varma, 'The Death of Stalin' star Rupert Friend, 'Straight Outta Compton' star O'Shea Jackson Jr., 'Fast & Furious' star Sung Kang, 'Reckoning' star Simone Kessell, and 'Uncut Gems' director Benny Safdie.
Pen15's Maya Erskine is also confirmed to join the cast list for a yet-to-be-disclosed role. Fan favorites Jabba the Hutt, Tusken Raiders, and Jawas will also appear in the upcoming series.
Unfortunately, the show is planned to be a limited series with only six episodes, but who knows what the future holds?
There are a lot of characters who could potentially return for the series, but perhaps, most fans would wish to see Qui-Gon Jinn return. Qui-Gon Jinn is the Jedi master (played by Liam Neeson), who trained Obi-Wan and died in The Phantom Menace after battling Darth Maul. In Star Wars lore, a Jedi who is pure of heart can return periodically to the physical world in the form of Force ghosts. Kenobi did this in the original movies after his death. Qui-Gon Jin's reappearance will make sense if we reference a line uttered to Obi-Wan by Yoda at the end of Revenge of the Sith: "In your solitude on Tatooine, training I have for you. An old friend has learned the path to immortality—one who has returned from the netherworld on the Force. Your old master. How to commune with him, I will teach you." Neeson has already expressed his willingness to take part in the series. "Sure, I’d be up for that, yeah." Neeson said in an interview.
Production for the series has just started, so there is no official trailer yet. Don't worry because the wait shouldn't be that long. We are expecting Disney+ to drop the official trailer a few months for now. When that happens, we will immediately update this article, so make sure to stick around.