Not moved by The Mandalorian? You could be tempted by one other live-action Star Wars present coming to Disney+ within the near-ish future: none aside from Obi-Wan Kenobi is getting his personal collection, starring Ewan McGregor himself.
Right here’s what we all know thus far.
When is Obi-Wan Kenobi popping out?
There’s no set launch date for the Obi-Wan collection simply but, which shall be unique to Disney+ each time it does begin airing. That is additionally the place you will discover The Mandalorian and The Clone Wars, alongside the Star Wars films, in case you fancy signing up.
The present was first confirmed – after intensive rumours – at Disney’s D23 expo in 2019, when it was introduced that every one the scripts had been written and filming would start in 2020.
That ought to have had the present on monitor for a debut in late 2020, however these hopes had been scuppered in January when it was reported that the present was on maintain over script points, and that Lucasfilm was on the hunt for a brand new author.
McGregor himself downplayed the claims, however admitted that filming had been delayed, that means we’ll see the present in late 2021 on the earliest.
“It’s simply slid to subsequent yr, that’s all. The scripts had been actually good,” McGregor stated. “Now that Episode IX got here out and everybody at Lucasfilm has acquired extra time to spend on the writing, they felt they needed extra time to jot down the episodes.”
What number of episodes will there be?
We’re additionally unsure. The collection was reportedly initially meant to incorporate simply six episodes, however the Hollywood Reporter report on the manufacturing delays additionally advised that the episode depend was being dropped to a mere 4 on account of the alleged script points.
It’s unclear proper now how a lot of that’s true, nevertheless it doesn’t look possible that the collection could have greater than six episodes.
Who’s within the Obi-Wan Kenobi forged?
Nicely, Ewan McGregor for one. There had been rumours that the actor would return to the half he performed throughout the prequel trilogy for years, initially anticipated to be in a standalone film, however he’s now confirmed to star within the Disney+ collection.
“It’s been 4 years of claiming ‘properly, I don’t know’,” he advised followers at D23 2019. “Now I can say ‘sure, we’re going to do it’.”
This present may also characteristic the return of Hayden Christensen as Darth Vader, years after he made his title as Anakin and made his emotions on sand very well-known. We’re unsure but if he’ll be offering Vader’s physique, voice, or each although – it is laborious to think about listening to anybody aside from James Earl Jones from underneath that masks.
Deadline has additionally confirmed that star of Recreation of Thrones Indira Varma shall be becoming a member of the present in an unnamed function.
Who’s writing and directing Obi-Wan?
Whereas The Mandalorian boasted a number of various writers and administrators, the Obi-Wan present could have a extra singular focus.
Initially the plan was that each episode can be written by Hossein Amini, the screenwriter behind the likes of Drive, 47 Ronin, and Snow White and the Huntsman. She left in January 2020 nonetheless – sparking the hypothesis round delays and issues – and has since been changed by Joby Harold, who’s labored variously as a producer and author on the likes of John Wick three and Zack Snyder’s upcoming Military of the Useless. Harold is now anticipated to be the present’s sole author.
There may also be one director throughout the lot. Deborah Chow, who’s additionally labored on episodes of The Mandalorian, Mr Robotic, American Gods, Jessica Jones, Concern the Strolling Useless, Higher Name Saul and The Man within the Excessive Fortress, will direct the complete present.
“We actually needed to pick out a director who is ready to discover each the quiet dedication and wealthy mystique of Obi-Wan in a manner that folds seamlessly into the Star Wars saga,” LucasFilm President Kathleen Kennedy stated in a press launch.
“Based mostly on her phenomenal work creating our characters in The Mandalorian, I’m completely assured Deborah is the appropriate director to inform this story.”
What’s it about and when is it set?
Understandably the creators have largely remained tight-lipped concerning the finer particulars of the upcoming present, however we do know a bit of. It’s anticipated to be set ten years after Revenge of the Sith, which at its climax confirmed the Jedi Order destroyed by Palpatine and the clone military, with the assistance of Obi-Wan’s Padawan Anakin.
Meaning we’re prone to see Obi-Wan in hiding on Tatooine, probably watching over a younger Luke Skywalker from a distance, an excellent few years earlier than the occasions of A New Hope, the unique Star Wars film.
“Will probably be attention-grabbing to take a personality we all know in a manner and present him…Nicely, his arc shall be fairly attention-grabbing, I believe, coping with that the truth that all of the Jedi had been slaughtered with the top of Episode III,” McGregor advised Males’s Journal. “It’s fairly one thing to recover from.”
Set images taken from the UK village Little Marlow, Bucks, present what seems to be a avenue scene on an alien planet – you’ll be able to see these over on starwarsnews.internet.
Past that we’re unsure what to anticipate. It’s possible we’ll see a younger Luke, although in all probability solely in passing or from a distance. We’d discover out why he picked the not-so-subtle title ‘Ben Kenobi’ when he went into hiding, and can hopefully see some form of journey throughout Tatooine – and possibly even past it.
How can I watch the Obi-Wan Kenobi collection?
Obi-Wan Kenobi is ready to be one other Disney+ unique, which suggests you’ll solely be capable to watch it on the streaming platform. On the time of writing, Disney+ prices £7.99/$6.99 per 30 days for a rolling subscription and £79.90/$69.99 for an annual cross. US pricing will improve to $7.99 a month or $79.99 yearly, beginning 26 March. You may join Disney Plus right here.