Obi-Wan Kenobi,  Prequel Trilogy

Ewan McGregor will return as Obi-Wan Kenobi in a new series taking place 8 years after Revenge of the Sith

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From StarWars.com:

“Guests at Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim today received a sneak peek at three all-new streaming series set in the Star Wars galaxy gearing up for launch and one fan-favorite that will be returning in February. […]

The Disney+ panel was the first to announce an all-new Star Wars series in development, one that many fans have been asking to see since the closing scenes of 2005’s Revenge of the Sith. Ewan McGregor, who played Obi-Wan Kenobi, electrified the audience when he emerged following the announcement of his involvement in a new series taking place eight years after the events of Revenge of the Sith, where we last saw Obi-Wan delivering the infant Luke Skywalker to his Tatooine homestead.”


From StarWars.com:

“Now there’s a name we’ve not heard in a long time. “After secrets and fibs and not being able to talk about it, I am thrilled to bring out a beloved member of the Star Wars fandom,” Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy told the crowd to herald McGregor’s arrival onstage. “Can you please ask me, am I going to play Obi-Wan Kenobi again?” McGregor pleaded. He’s been dodging questions about returning to the role for the last four years. “But now I can say yes we’re going to do it.” Scripts for the as-yet untitled Kenobi series — set eight years after the events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith— have been written, and Kennedy said the crew is ready to start shooting next year.”


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    • archdukeofnaboo

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  • Liam Orb

    Not necessarily. Ewan McGregor is apparently directing this show and producing it as well. So, maybe KK is the exec producer while Ewan’s the main one. 🤷🏻‍♂️

      • archdukeofnaboo

        @Joe

        I see elsewhere on a photo of the complete timeline they put up, where it’s at 7 years.

        Personally, I would like them to start a few months after RotS, especially if this is going to last more than a single season. I don’t want them to go any further than 10 years into the empire, as you’ve then got to start ageing Ewan up dramatically to match the white bearded man portrayed by Alec Guiness.

        Moreover, I’m not as much interested in teeing up Obi-Wan for Episode IV, as Rogue One certainly was, as I am in exploring what it was like for him to readjust from his role as Jedi Master, Council member, Clone War Genera, “brother” of Anakin Skyalker and someone with a strong network behind him on Coruscant. Moving to Tatooine will not have been easy.

      • Cryogenic

        @ Arch Duke:

        Just interrupting here to say that that’s a really cool graphic. Someone put in some decent effort there. I like the spacing and how they varied the logos for each trilogy. It’s also nice to see the Star Wars timeline beginning to look a bit more populated. We’ve come a long way from 1977, haven’t we?

        Also: ***SPOILER ALERT***

        It looks like Episode IX is set roughly one year after the events of TFA and TLJ. I was expecting more of a gap. But then, it’s the same gap as between TESB and ROTJ, and a lot can happen in that time, I guess.

  • Cryogenic

    Well, hello there!

    So it’s official.

    One of the most exciting Star Wars Disney announcements ever.

    Even I can’t be cynical about this one. Looking forward to something good.

    • Liam Orb

      What about the final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars on Disney Plus, @cryogenic? Are you not a Clone Wars fan? Are you not excited for that, too?

      • Stefan K

        Disney is going “all in” for their streaming service and try to produce popular (and hopefully high-quality) content. My impression is that they “listened to the fans.”
        – A series similar to SW Underworld, gritty, OT style? -> The Mandalorian.
        – Most popular SW show? -> Clone Wars saved.
        – Regardless of pro- or no-PT, all liked Ewan? -> Obi-Wan series.

        My first impression is that they really try to be liked by all parts of the fandom. However, they obviously do not take real risks either and stick to the PT parts that they consider popular in all parts of the fandom. Still, they at least use some PT material, and I am curious how this will turn out. (I am however not sure whether I will subscribe to Disney+ – probably not, but maybe a friend will.)

        That said, I am also curious what can be deduced from Ewan joining the Obi-Wan series. AFAIK, he has never regretted to be part of the PT although some commentators have suggested that he did. Will this convince them that they were wrong?

      • archdukeofnaboo

        @Stefan @Cryogenic

        Well, I think it’s undeniable that they took a very big risk with the script that Johnson produced for Episode VIII. I’m a full believer in creative freedom for the director, but they should have seen that he’d crossed a red line with Luke Skywalker and ordered a re-write.

        I do agree that they’re slowly starting to listen to the chorus of disgruntled fans. They acknowledged the stupidity of cancelling the Clone Wars last year, and now they’re finally giving us a spin-off of the character more wanted than any any another: McGregor’s Obi-Wan. Nobody wanted the Solo movie, and Rogue One was a strange choice too, even if did turn to be enjoyable for me.

        I’m really excited about McGregor returning. I haven’t been so thrilled for Star Wars since I saw the first TFA trailer.

        Do you guys think Christensen (or even Portman) could make a cameo as a flashback? And would you like to see Bail Organa working on the rebellion in its early, underground days?

      • Stefan K

        @archdukeofnaboo Organa – why not? It is possible that he may have contacted Obi-Wan once or twice during Obi-Wan’s exile. Flashbacks involving Portman or Christensen may also be possible – much to regret and rethink Obi-Wan will have. I am also curious whether he will be able to spiritually contact his late master Qui-Gon…

      • archdukeofnaboo

        @Stefan

        Oh, I think Qui-Gon is a given. Liam Neeson reprised his character’s voice for some of the Clone Wars animation (who else in the PT cast did that?), and has always been friendly with Star Wars, if interviews are to judge, so I think he’d be more than willing. But, you know, as a Force Ghost, his role will be limited.

        I would say McGregor and Neeson are the only definitives. So who else? There’s got to be this other character who eats up a good chunk of the screentime, right? Well, I hope not – if this will be a limited one season thing, I want as much focus on Obi-Wan as possible. In general, I tend to like psychological dramas, so the opportunity to see the Jedi Master dealing with PTSD is very tempting. I don’t think it’ll be all guns blazing like The Mandalorian seem to promise, though I do suspect we’ll get a nice pinch of lightsabre as was in the prequels.

        I would make an exception for Bail Organa, were he to become the no. 2 focus. He’s not some weird annoying robot a la Solo – he’s a character we know all about from the PT and the Clone Wars, who worked closely with the Jedi Council in the Republic’s final years. He was Padmé closest friend in the Senate, and all know that she and Obi-Wan were good friends. The two become the guardians of her orphan children. The two also harbour strong reservations about Palpatine’s new imperial regime. If those weren’t in close contact in the years after RotS, then I’m lost.

        I think Christensen would definitely be more comfortable reprising his role after returning to Celebration in 2017, and again this year, to such a rapturous applause. But like Neeson, it’s difficult to see it being more than a cameo. As I’ve said elsewhere though, if he’s not going to be in IX they should at least put him in here. I would also like some way of Portman returning, but that’s even more challenging. She’s been really positive when asked about SW in recent times though.

        With the way IV is structured, I don’t believe Obi-Wan and Darth Vader can be allowed meet since Mustafar. But that isn’t to say a whole storyline could be based around Obi-Wan learning that his padowan survived.

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