“After a lot of rumors, and high hopes, it looks like the Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars project is taking a big step forward. Come in for our report!
Today’s report won’t likely come as a surprise to many people, but it is nice to hear. Rumors of an Obi-Wan Kenobi related project have been circulating since Disney bought Lucasfilm back in 2013. While it seemed to have started life as a standalone film, recent reports are that we’ll see Obi-Wan come back as a Disney+ series…Which is what I’ve heard as well.
So what’s new? According to two separate sources, I’ve heard that Ewan McGregor has actually put pen to paper and inked a contract to return as the iconic Jedi Master. I heard word of this recently, but I was sitting on it until, out of the blue, a second source reached out to me (I hadn’t gone digging on this one) saying the exact same thing.
Again, this shouldn’t come as a surprise considering how open McGregor has been in his desire to return to the Star Wars franchise. What’s interesting to me, however, is the timing. While development on the Obi-Wan project has been in the early stages since the beginning of this year (according to other reports), locking in a contract means they’re really moving forward on it. […]”
From Making Star Wars:
“I’ve always been really upfront about casting news not being my strongest area and it is a place I don’t usually like to look into that much. There’s just too many areas that are fluid and things change with casting. When I scooped Pedro Pascal was The Mando, the representation denied it to the trade sized film sites. So I want to stress the rumor side of this.
Two out of three of the sources that confirmed Pedro Pascal was the lead in the Mando last September have heard that Ewan McGregor very recently was locked in for a project at Lucasfilm and sources believe it is the Obi-Wan Kenobi series. That said, Lucasfilm is also making other Star Wars projects, Indiana Jones, and Children of Blood and Bone.
At the time of Solo: A Star Wars Story, we were told that Ewan McGregor attended that premiere because there were plans to announce the Obi-Wan Kenobi film right after Solo’sopening. With that great film being mishandled and underperforming, the spin-offs were halted and the Kenobi film ceased to move forward is the story. It appears that because Ewan McGregor was in talks for a live action Kenobi film, it didn’t mean it becoming a live action series was a lock and they had to work things out all over again. This is the most positive and strong news about the Kenobi project I’ve heard in a while. […]
I believe the rumor that SWNN heard that the series was going to be six episodes long was accurate as well. I also heard that the script for the film in whatever form it was in before being stopped was really strong (by Stephen Daldry I believe) and it was going to be adapted into six parts for Disney+. It was nice when SWNN heard what they heard and it backed up a lot of what I was getting about the show. However, a few months back, it didn’t sound like additional writers were on it, or adapting the script. But it doesn’t mean it wasn’t happening and since we don’t really know what was in the film, we can’t say how different the series will be from what the film would have been. […]”