The Mandalorian was a smash hit for Disney+, both critically as well as commercially. In fact, it was so famous that Lucasfilm is now producing season 3 of The Mandalorian as well as its spin-offs like The Book of Boba Fett, Andor, and the Obi-Wan Kenobi series. Out of these, the latter Kenobi series was announced in 2019, and it is going to have a limited run.
The series is going to be set a decade after the events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, and it’s going to be directed by Deborah Chow. She has directed episodes of The Mandalorian as well. Right now, not much is known about the show’s storyline.
But fans do know that Kenobi went to Tatooine to look after Luke Skywalker once Anakin succumbed to the darkness as well as when Order 66 was given.
Now, new information about the show seems to show that the Jedi Master might not be completely isolated during those years. Also, it seems like he went on quite a few adventures leading up to Star Wars: A New Hope.
As per a Cinelinx report, Obi-Wan Kenobi won’t include just a young Princess Leia played by Vivien Lyra Blair, who will act as the catalyst for Obi-Wan Kenobi. She will likely end his passive solitary hermit life by drawing him into the action.
Note that the interesting report says that there are also “a few characters who initially appeared in Star Wars: Rebels,” who might show up in the series.
Fans will know that Star Wars: Rebels was an animated series by Lucasfilm that ran from 2014 to 2018 and was set before the Rogue One events. So since the Obi-Wan Kenobi series is set about a decade before the events of Star Wars: Rebels, so it’s possible that those animated characters could appear in live-action alongside Ewan McGregor’s live-action Obi-Wan.
However, we don’t think that they will be joining Kenobi as friends or allies even if this does become possible.
Even though Hayden Christensen and Joel Edgerton will be reprising their Star Wars roles, but the series will have some newcomers as well. Know that Sung Kang and Moses Ingram will be joining the series in unknown roles. Of course, other actors will be joining them as well in new and undisclosed roles.
Now, Sung Kang has already teased the presence of “Darth Vader” and “Jedis” on the set of the show while not really saying anything about his own character. However, this new Cinelinx report states that Sung Kang could be playing an Inquisitor that’s tasked with hunting down the remaining Jedi’s.
What’s more interesting is that Kang could be playing the Fifth Brother. Note that the Fifth Brother is an Inquisitor who was last seen in Star Wars: Rebels. Now, this isn’t the first time that fans have heard of Inquisitors being connected to the new Disney+ series. After all, an earlier report stated that Inquisitors would indeed appear in some capacity with Darth Vader.
Season 2 of The Mandalorian on Disney+ broke all sorts of molds when it came to bringing in animated characters to live-action with Ahsoka Tano and Bo-Katan Kryze. But that wasn’t all. Lucasfilm also went the other way by introducing Ming-Na Wen’s Fennec shand in live-action before having her show up in Star Wars: The Bad Batch animated series in animated form.
This certainly does set precedence for the fact that the Disney+ Obi-Wan Kenobi series might introduce the Inquisitors even though they were first introduced in animated form. As such, it’s not an impossible task or something that hasn’t been done before.
So, as a result of the success of Lucasfilm’s animated series, it looks like Lucasfilm, as well as Star Wars: Rebels creator Dave Filoni might use both formats to tell new kinds of Star Wars stories as well as set up future ones. Also, we need to mention that a sequel to Rebels or at least cameos have been long rumored.
Now, the Bad Batch has delivered on the latter by showing us the origins of both Rebel pilot Hera Syndulla and Jedi Padawan Kanan Jarrus. So since the current timeline of The Bad Batch falls in line with Obi-Wan Kenobi, and also the fact that Kenobi actually showed up in an episode of the animated series, so these two things could act as the foundation.
As such, The Rebels characters could show up and make their live-action debut in the Obi-Wan Kenobi series and perhaps even beyond. Obi-Wan Kenobi doesn’t have a release date right now, but it is expected to air on Disney+ sometime in 2022.