Ewan McGregor appeared onstage at D23 with Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy to officially confirm that he will be starring in an ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ series for Disney+ and that it’s coming sooner than may have been expected.
As Kennedy announced:
“We have all the scripts written, and we’re ready to go next year, we can’t wait to start production.”
No further information was given, including who was on the creative side of this project. If filming begins next year, it’s entirely possible that the show will actually arrive in 2020, but that’s no guarantee.
You may recall that at one stage, an ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ movie, to be directed by Stephen Daldry (‘The Crown’), was in the works as part of the ‘A Star Wars Story’ series. McGregor expressed interest in returning, but after ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ bombed, that film was scrapped. A ‘Boba Fett’ movie was also in the works, with James Mangold (‘Logan’) set to direct. That was also scrapped, but it is believed that some elements from that have been repurposed for Jon Favreau’s series ‘The Mandalorian’.
McGregor recently wrapped the Stephen King adaptation ‘Doctor Sleep’, which will be released on November 8, and Warner Brothers’ DC Comics-based ‘Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)’, in which he plays the gangster Roman Sionis a.k.a. Black Mask. That picture is scheduled to open on February 7, 2020.
While McGregor got his start on TV, he has mainly stuck to movies, but in 2017, he played the dual roles of twin brothers Emmit and Ray Stussy on the third season of ‘Fargo’. He won a Golden Globe for that performance.
‘The Mandalorian’ will be available when Disney+ launches on November 12. It will not be released all at once like most other streaming shows, but will be rolled out one episode at a time. (There are eight episodes total in the first season. It has already been renewed for a second.) There is also a series in development starring Diego Luna‘s character Cassian Andor, first seen in ‘Rogue One’. There may be more news about that this weekend, so check back!
Are you excited about an ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ series on Disney+?