Reports are stating that there will be an Obi-Wan series on Disney+ that will feature Ewan McGregor reprising his role as the Jedi.
It’s more or less established that the only consistently good thing about the Star Wars prequels was Ewan McGregor as Obi-wan Kenobi. Everything else was just bleugh, you know?
A bit bleugh…
With that in mind and going by how Disney appear to have made a deal with the devil that means they have to make a Star Wars film upon every full moon, an Obi-Wan Kenobi prequel (no, more of a midquel???) was supposedly in the works.
It would have followed Ewan McGregor’s Obi-wan between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, and showed the intense ageing process that turned that dashing Scottish actor into a wisened Alec Guinness in just 19 years.
However, with the subpar performance of Solo: A Star Wars Story, LucasFilm put spinoff films on hold, instead deciding to focus on new stories and various TV shows for Disney+.
These shows include The Mandelorian and a prequel series centring around Cassian Andor from Rogue One, but as Deadline reports, an Obi-Wan story has been added to that list.
The story that was going to be used for the standalone film has been adapted into a six-part series and Ewan McGregor has apparently signed on to return to the galaxy far far away.
This comes after Disney chief Bob Iger confirmed that there was a third live-action Star Wars show to join Disney+ after The Mandelorian and whatever the Cassian one’s called. People have since speculated that this was the Obi-Wan story and though details are being kept under wraps, Deadline has confirmed that the reports are true.
All signs point to the series following the Jedi as he took the moniker Ben Kenobi (very inconspicuous) during his exile to Tatooine, but as stated, nothing’s known at the moment.
I always like the idea of Obi wan travelling between Tatooine and Alderaan, checking up on Luke and Leia and stopping the two from being tracked down from Stormtroopers sent by the Empire.
I think the animated series covered that time though, so that could complicate things. Maybe they’ll just make in non-canon?
Whatever happens, I thought I was pretty done with Star Wars, but would be pretty excited to see Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan again and the more I hear about Disney+, the more I realise I sort-of need it.
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