With how many rumors swirling that Ewan McGregor was slated to reprise his role on the big screen and as “only a Sith deals in absolutes,” it isn’t a shocker that original plan morphed when Disney+ came along. In fact, word had gotten out that the production had progressed far enough for Stephen Daldry (‘Billy Elliot’) to be in talks to helm the movie.
After ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ flopped at the box office and Disney started to push forward on its plans for Disney+, making the cutover to a longer series became a no-brainer and according to McGregor:
“It wasn’t always going to be a series, not initially. When we first started talking about [it], that wasn’t really in the cards, but everything’s changed so much, so quickly. It’s really exciting that it is now. I’m really into the idea to be able to tell the story over several hours instead of just one hit. I think it’s going to be quite cool.”
We know that Deborah Chow (‘The Mandalorian’) will direct the series, but it is unclear if it will at all touch upon what they had planned for the movie. It is set to take place roughly eight years after ‘Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.’ It should be noted that this would make a young Luke Skywalker only 8-years old and this is roughly 10 years before we see Kenobi square off against Darth Maul for their final confrontation in ‘Star Wars Rebels‘. However, it is also taking place before the final act of ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ so don’t expect to see Han or Maul make a cameo here.
That being said, it would be feasible to bring back the likes of Woody Harrelson’s Tobia Beckett who has yet to die, Emilia Clarke’s Qi’ra, Donald Glover’s Lando Calrissian, or even Jabba the Hutt. Honestly, only the last of those would seem likely if the majority of the show ends up taking place on Tatooine.
Are you excited for the Obi-Wan Kenobi “Star Wars” series on Disney+? Would you have rather seen a film starring Ewan McGregor again or prefer the longer format of an ongoing series? Share your thoughts in the comments below!