If there is a character who Star War fans want to see returning, then it’s definitely Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi. So the house of mouse gave his fans the perfect gift- a Disney+ show that was announced at the D23 Expo in 2020. However, the highly anticipated show suffered a lot of delays. But things are now back-on-track and shooting is anticipated to begin soon.
As a sign that things are finally moving along, the show got a logo at the December Disney investors meeting. Along with this, it was also announced that Anakin himself, Hayden Christensen will return as the main antagonist Darth Vader. But that’s not all there is to know about the show.
For now, the news is that Obi-Wan Kenobi is going to be a standalone season. McGregor, in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, said that:
“As I understand, it’s a standalone season.”
When asked about future seasons and if he will appear in them, he said:
“We’ll see. Who knows?”
So it does seem like McGregor isn’t opposed to appearing for more seasons.
Actually, at first, the Obi-Wan series was going to be a movie. But plans were changed because Solo bombed at the big box-office. So Obi-Wan was made into a show to prevent further failures.
Rumours further say that the Boba Fett film that was getting made by Josh Tank got reworked into the Disney+ show The Mandalorian. Also, with millions of subscribers, Disney+ is not a bad home for Obi-Wan.
For now, it has been said by McGregor that there will be 6 episodes. But of course, it can decrease or increase as well. However, as fans, we would always love more.
McGregor said in an Entertainment Tonight interview that they are planning to begin production in early 2021. To quote him:
“Spring next year we start. I’m really excited about it. It’s gonna be great, I think.”
In a recent interview with Eddie Izzard in February of 2021, he said that the show will get filmed using StageCraft methodology in Los Angeles itself. You might have heard that The Mandalorian uses the same method for shooting. So, if they are planning on a spring 2021 start then the series will get released in early 2022 at the latest.
Plot details are being kept on the down-low, but it’s certain 8 years have passed after Revenge of the Sith. Also its 11-years approximately till A New Hope. So, this means that Obi-Wan should be in his 19-year exile right on Tatooine. If the show explores this period of his life, then it will be really exciting. After all, even though there are comics and stuff exploring his time in the wasteland, but it’s still largely unexplored.
Of course, there are more rumours about the plot. It’s being said that one of the reasons for the huge delay was the change in the original show storyline. Apparently, it was going to be about a Jedi protecting his charge from getting hunted down. But since this seemed too close to The Mandalorian so the studio apparently changed it.
So currently, the show is thought to be focusing on the dark Darth Vader’s mission to find the titular Obi-Wan. If it indeed turns out to be the case, then it will be interesting to see how they make the series appealing since Vader fails at the end. But do note that for now, all this is pure speculation.
Know that the series is getting directed as well as executive produced by Deborah Chow. She has already directed two meaty episodes (Chapter 7: The Reckoning and Chapter 3: The Sin) of The Mandalorian.
Do note that Chow will not be executive producing alone, as, with everything Star Wars, the main helmer Kathleen Kennedy will also be executive producing. But that’s not all as Ewan McGregor will also be producing the show. The writer for the show is Hossein Amini.
Talking about the scripts and the delay in production, McGregor said:
“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.”
Apart from Hayden Christensen returning, it has also been confirmed that Temuera Morrison will also come back as Commander Cody.
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
— Star Wars (@starwars) December 10, 2020
But that’s pretty much all that’s been confirmed till now. However, there are plenty of rumours that say that production is looking for kids to play little 8-year olds, Leia and Luke.
Along with this, there’s speculation that Bonnie Piesse and Joel Edgerton are coming back as Beru and Owen Lars. To add a cherry to the topping, apparently, Liam Neeson is voicing Qui-Gonn Jinn again.
So this is all the news you needed to know to stay ahead of the curve about the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney+ series. If there are any more updates, then we will let you know so that you can get more hyped and excited about this long-awaited show.
Source: Twitter, Nerdist