Reports indicate the untitled Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi series by Disney+ is currently scheduled to begin rolling cameras early next month on January 4th, 2021. But the juicier reveal at hand was announced by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy today, who confirmed that prequels star Hayden Christensen will reprise his role as fallen Jedi Knight turned Sith Lord – Anakin Skywalker / Darth Vader – opposite Ewan McGregor’s titular Jedi Master.
“We couldn’t tell the story of Obi-Wan without Darth Vader,” says series director and The Mandalorian alumni, Deborah Chow.
“We will definitely see Obi-Wan and Darth Vader get into it again.”
The upcoming series will be set a decade after the events of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005) when Order 66 purged the Jedi, bringing about a grave imbalance in the Force; the Imperial Order was formally established, instigating a rule of galactic tyranny; and Obi-Wan himself was forced to cut down his former apprentice Anakin on Mustafar – thereby completing his transformation into the Darth Vader we’ve come to know.
In the series, we can also expect to see Obi-Wan Kenobi adopt the alias of “Ben Kenobi” at some point, given he’s now in hiding on the desert planet of Tatooine and keeping a watchful eye over an infant Luke Skywalker. Referring to the Star Wars canon established in Dave Filoni’s Star Wars: Rebels animated series, depending on both the pacing and how far we see Obi-Wan Kenobi age, we may even be treated to a live-action depiction of his final showdown with Darth Maul.
On the more official side of things, the following plot outline has been attached to the project via several production filings:
Farmers work hard under the hot environment of two suns, while trying to protect themselves and their loved ones from Tusken Raider. The attack. And on a planet where civilization is almost emptied, there is a hidden Jedi Master and a baby who will shoulder the future of the galaxy.
“I think it’s probably true to say that I’m more excited about playing Obi-Wan again now than I was even the first time,” says McGregor.
“The more I realise what I’m part of, in a way… you can see you’re involved in something quite huge in the Star Wars – I don’t like the word franchise – but this sort of fable or legend, or whatever you might call it.”
“There is so much going on between [Revenge of the Sith & A New Hope] that hasn’t been explored,” says Chow.
“The idea of being able to go into a character journey plus the politics and plus all the vastness of the Empire and what’s going on is exciting just because it feels like a proper period of history and sometimes that is hard to do in two hours.”
Disney+’s Obi-Wan Kenobi series will be limited to just 6-episodes scheduled to arrive sometime in 2022. We’ll keep you updated as the details come.
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