We now know who will be directing Disney+’s ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ TV series. Deborah Chow, who helmed the third and seventh episodes of the upcoming series ‘The Mandalorian,’ will tackle this series that will star Ewan McGregor, reprising his role for the ‘Star Wars’ prequels. Chow has many credits to her name, including ‘American Gods’, ‘The Man in the High Castle’, ‘Better Call Saul’, ‘Lost in Space’, ‘Jessica Jones’, ‘Fear the Walking Dead’, and ‘Reign’.
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy announced:
“We really wanted to select a director who is able to explore both the quiet determination and rich mystique of Obi-Wan in a way that folds seamlessly into the Star Wars saga. Based on her phenomenal work developing our characters in The Mandalorian, I’m absolutely confident Deborah is the right director to tell this story.”
Hossein Amini is attached to write. His credits include ‘The Alienist’ and ‘McMafia’. The series will take place sometime after the George Lucas-helmed prequels and prior to ‘A New Hope’.
It hasn’t been announced when this ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ series will be released, although at D23, Kennedy said: “We have all the scripts written, and we’re ready to go next year, we can’t wait to start production.”
This is the third live-action ‘Star Wars’ series coming to Disney+. Jon Favreau’s ‘The Mandalorian’ will kick off when the streaming service launches on November 12, 2019. There are eight episodes in the first season, and they will be doled out one per week. A second season has already been ordered.
Diego Luna will star on a series based on his ‘Rogue One’ character Cassian Andor.
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. 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 Favreau’s ‘The Mandalorian’. It’s entirely possible the ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ series could include some ideas that were intended for the ‘Obi-Wan’ film.
Check back for details as they emerge. How do you feel about the upcoming ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ series so far?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter