Obi Wan Kenobi Disney Plus Series: Everything We Know – Release Date, Cast, Plot and More
Hello there. You may have heard that Jedi Master and former Clone Wars General Obi-Wan Kenobi is getting his own series on Disney+. It's an elegant series for a more civilized streaming service.While the new series is still a ways off (and doesn't even have an official title yet) we're learning more and more about the plot and setting of this Star Wars spinoff. From the involvement of star Ewan McGregor to the time period, here's everything we know about Disney's Obi-Wan Kenobi series.
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Obi-Wan Kenobi Series: What Is the Release Date?
We don't yet have a firm release date or even a general window for the Obi-Wan Kenobi series. Unfortunately, we're expecting a long wait. Given that the Cassian Andor-focused Rogue One prequel series was announced prior to the Obi-Wan Kenobi series and is expected to debut in 2021, it may be as far as 2022 before Master Kenobi finally makes his live-action Disney+ debut. However, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has indicated a 2020 start date for production, so a 2021 release may not be out of the question. It may ultimately depend on how effects-heavy the series is.The silver lining is that at least fans can look forward to more of Obi-Wan's Prequel-era adventures in the near future, as the seventh season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars is dropping in February 2020.
Obi-Wan Kenobi Series: What Is the Title?
We also don't have an official title for the series. Back when rumors circulated about Obi-Wan getting a spinoff movie, the project was reportedly titled Kenobi: A Star Wars Story. We could see the Disney+ series retaining that title, or even shortening it to simply Kenobi. Kenobi also happens to be the name of an Expanded Universe novel by author John Jackson Miller, a story is also set in a similar post-Episode III time period.
Obi-Wan Kenobi Series: Is There a Trailer?
There aren't currently any trailers for the Obi-Wan Kenobi series. YouTube may be littered with fan-made trailers, but we wouldn't expect any legitimate footage to drop until well into 2020 at least. Star Wars Celebration Anaheim is scheduled for August 2020, so that could be where fans get their first glimpse of the new series.
Obi-Wan Kenobi Series: What Happened to the Movie?
While Disney officially announced the Obi-Wan Kenobi series at D23 in August 2019, the news didn't exactly come as a shock to hardcore Star Wars fans. Rumors of an Obi-Wan spinoff project have circulated for years. Initially, it was believed that Obi-Wan would be among the iconic Star Wars heroes next in line for a spinoff movie after Han Solo. Reportedly, Lucasfilm tapped The Hours director Stephen Daldry to direct and co-write Kenobi: A Star Wars Story.
However, after the lackluster box office performance of Solo: A Star Wars Story, Disney has altered its plans and begun pivoting to the small screen for these sorts of character-specific spinoffs. Now we know Obi-Wan's story will instead continue on Disney+ rather than in theaters. According to star Ewan McGregor, the series is structured as six one-hour episodes. As best we can tell, Lucasfilm is only planning one season and one self-contained story, unlike The Mandalorian, where work has already begun on Season 2.Star Ewan McGregor eventually confirmed reports the project had started out as a film. “It wasn’t always going to be a series, not initially,” McGregor told ComingSoon.net. “When we first started talking about [it], that wasn’t really in the cards but everything’s changed so much, so quickly. It’s really exciting that it is now. I’m really into the idea to be able to tell the story over several hours instead of just one hit. I think it’s going to be quite cool.”
Obi-Wan Kenobi Series: Who Are the Cast & Crew?
The Obi-Wan Kenobi series will be directed by Deborah Chow (The High Cost of Living) and written by Hossein Amini (Drive). For now, we only have one confirmed casting, but it's undoubtedly the most important name. Ewan McGregor will star as Obi-Wan Kenobi himself, reprising his role from the three Star Wars prequels. Chow, Amini and McGregor will produce the series alongside Kathleen Kennedy and Tracey Seaward.The rumor mill suggests Joel Edgerton could also reprise his role as Owen Lars, the man entrusted to watch over young Luke Skywalker and who maintains an uneasy relationship with Obi-Wan on Tatooine. For the most part, however, we'd expect the series to focus on new characters rather than fan-favorites from the movies. Obi-Wan went into hiding for a reason.
Obi-Wan Kenobi Series: What Is the Plot?
What little we do know about the plot and setting of the Obi-Wan Kenobi series comes from McGregor himself. In an interview with Men's Journal magazine, McGregor confirmed the series takes place eight years after Revenge of the Sith, or roughly midway through the 19-year gap between Episode III and Episode IV. This is the period when Luke Skywalker is just a boy dreaming of an exciting life in the stars and when Obi-Wan maintains a watchful, distant eye over the boy he and Yoda hope will restore balance to the Force.
It might seem like that setting isn't exactly ripe with storytelling potential. However, previous Kenobi-focused projects have managed to add quite a bit of drama to Obi-Wan's hermetic existence on Tatooine. With books like Kenobi or comics like Marvel's monthly Star Wars series, the plot generally revolves around Obi-Wan being called out of hiding to deal with an enemy that threatens the Lars homestead. In Star Wars Rebels, we even saw Obi-Wan confront a vengeful Darth Maul. We have a detailed look at how these stories have fleshed out Obi-Wan's time on Tatooine.McGregor also indicated the series will explore Obi-Wan's lingering guilt over the tragic fate of the Jedi. He told Men's Journal, "It will be interesting to take a character we know in a way and show him — Well, his arc will be quite interesting, I think, dealing with … the fact that all the Jedi were slaughtered with the end of Episode III. It's quite something to get over."
Obi-Wan Kenobi Series: The Development
With the Obi-Wan Kenobi spinoff evolving from feature film to streaming series, it's been an interesting journey over the past few years. Here's a look back at all the major developments with the series:
August 2017 – The Hollywood Reporter reveals Lucasfilm is developing an Obi-Wan Kenobi spinoff movie with Stephen Daldry attached to direct.
May 2018 – TMZ reports the movie won't be an origin story, but instead focus on Obi-Wan's time on Taooine.
June 2018 – Lucasfilm reportedly puts future Star Wars standalone movies on hold after the poor performance of Solo: A Star Wars Story. Lucasfilm responds by saying several standalone movies are still in development.
August 2018 – McGregor denies reports of an Obi-Wan movie being in development.
August 2019 – Following rumors that Disney has pivoted to an Obi-Wan Kenobi series, the series is officially announced at D23. The timeline is confirmed shortly thereafter.
September 2019 – Deborah Chow is revealed to be directing the series.
October 2019 – McGregor confirms the series will run six episodes and reveals he knew about the Obi-Wan spinoff for a long time and was forced to lie about its existence. McGregor later confirms the series was originally planned as a movie.
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