After the wild success of the Star Wars streaming TV series The Mandalorian, everyone’s been waiting with anticipation to learn about the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi show. Who’s going to be the lead? When are they going to start shooting?
As of today, we know.
We were hoping that Ewan McGregor would be reprising his role as the Jedi Master he played in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, and he is. The new series is set ten years after Obi-Wan’s final showdown with former padawan Anakin Skywalker in Revenge of the Sith. Hayden Christensen also returns in the series, not as the curly-haired Anakin Skywalker but as Darth Vader, Lord of the Sith, whom Anakin became after he succumbed to Dark Side.
The series begins filming in April. Deborah Chow, who directed two episodes of The Mandalorian, directs this special event series. Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Deborah Chow, Ewan McGregor, and writer Joby Harold are executive producers on Obi-Wan Kenobi.
The entire cast is revealed here. Series stars also include Moses Ingram, Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell, and Benny Safdie.
This announcement puts to rest all the wild speculation surrounding the production.
“We start making it in the late spring and we’re gonna be shooting it here in L.A. and not — it’s so funny, every week, there’s a new report,” McGregor recently said. “My dad was sending me links, saying, ‘I thought you were shooting it in L.A.’ because there’s another tabloid expose that we’re shooting it in some bizarre town somewhere. Then we’re meant to be making it in Boston and then we’re meant to be making it, no, it wasn’t Boston, it was Boston, England. But we’re not. We’re shooting it in L.A.
“We’re shooting it much in the way The Mandalorian series was shot. We’re using some of that technology,” he continued. “I really liked it and I liked the format of it. I liked the Western nature of it, it’s an old-fashioned TV Western. It’s brilliant.”
Obi-Wan Kenobi will be available exclusively on Disney+. Other planned series include the Ahsoka Tano series, The Book of Boba Fett, Rangers of the New Republic, the Rogue One prequel Andor, a Lando Calrissian series, and The Acolyte, plus several animated shows.
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