Ewan McGregor, who played Obi-Wan Kenobi in George Lucas’ opinion-splitting Star Wars prequel trilogy, will reprise that role in a TV series for the upcoming Disney+ streaming service…
It had previously been hinted that McGregor would reprise Obi-Wan in a movie spinoff, in a similar vein to Solo: A Star Wars Story from last year. However, the box office fumble of Solo seems to have shifted Disney’s intentions for Obi-Wan into the TV realm.
Before the news officially was officially announced, numerous trusted publications including The Hollywood Reporter reported that McGregor was currently in talks with Disney about donning his brown robe once again for an Obi-Wan show on Disney+.
And then, at a big Disney expo, Ewan McGregor took to the stage with Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy to confirm it…
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As for story details, we don’t have any, but there’s an obvious gap in Obi-Wan’s story that a new TV show could slot into nicely: the break between Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope is ripe with storytelling potential.
In fact, we’ve already seen snippets of Obi-Wan’s life on Tatooine, looking over the young Luke Skywalker, through various comic books and the Star Wars Rebels animated show. These previous stories don’t diminish our desire to see a live-action exploration of Obi-Wan’s time as an outcast on the sandy planet, though.
As we hear more, we’ll be sure to keep you updated. The scripts are apparently written, with filming planned to start next year….