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Star Wars fans are a famously argumentative bunch, fond of debating endlessly about the relative merits of Episodes One through Nine and speculating about the proper “direction” the franchise should take. But there’s at least one thing that fandom tends to agree on: They want to see more of Obi-Wan Kenobi and his legendary single-bladed lightsaber. This often-vocalized desire has not gone unheeded.
As most fans are aware at this point, Lucasfilm has been trying to launch a special project starring Obi-Wan in a solo outing of some nature. After several years of behind-the-scenes activity, resulting in a number of tantalizing updates released on a periodic basis to the press, the project has morphed into a TV series that is scheduled to begin shooting in April 2021. It is one of a number of Disney Plus Star Wars shows coming out over the next few years.
The road to this point has been a long and winding one; here’s a quick overview of the various stages that the Obi-Wan project has passed through over the last few years.
March 2021 – A number of other actors are announced for the project. Multiple sources are now calling the show Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi. It also seems to have reverted to a six-part series.
Aside from McGregor and Christensen, quite a few other name actors have been cast, although in most cases it’s unknown which roles they are to play. It is known that a few actors from the Star Wars prequels will appear in the new series. Joel Edgerton will reprise his role as Owen Lars, and Bonnie Piesse will return as his wife, Beru Lars.
Other confirmed cast members include Moses Ingram, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell, and Benny Safdie. Rumors have circulated that Varma could be playing legendary bounty hunter Asajj Ventress, but this has yet to be confirmed.
Apparently, Jar Jar Binks will not be appearing in the Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi series. Jar Jar actor Ahmed Best has confirmed that he will not be participating.
The behind-the-camera talent for the new series is also quite impressive. The executive producers are Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Deborah Chow, Ewan McGregor, and Joby Harold. Chow will also be directing at least two episodes of the series; she previously helmed a few episodes of The Mandalorian. Harold will perform screenwriting duties as well.
The casting director is Carmen Cuba, who recently assembled the cast of the upcoming fourth Matrix film.
The Obi-Wan Kenobi series release date hasn’t been set at the present time, but it is expected to be on the air sometime in 2022, along with several other upcoming Star Wars shows.
The Obi-Wan Kenobi TV series will be available exclusively on Disney+.
That’s where things stand right now (April 2021), with a six-part Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney Plus series scheduled to arrive sometime next year. Given the history of this project, though, it’s not unlikely that there will be additional updates and revisions before fans will be able to see Obi-Wan on his very own TV show.
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