After making the forever rumored/teased a reality this summer with the announcement of a new Ewan McGregor starring Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney+ series, Lucasfilm as found the person to bring that series to life. They didn’t have to look too far.
Announced on StarWars.com, the studio has tapped Deborah Chow, who worked on The Mandalorian Disney+ series for Lucasfilm, will serve as the executive producer and director for the upcoming series which takes place eight years after Kenobi entered exile in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.
“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,” said Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. “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 (The Alienist, Drive) will write the series and serve as an executive producer as well alongside Chow, McGregor, Kennedy, Tracey Seaward and John Swartz with Lucasfilm’s Executive Vice Presidet of Production Jason McGatlin will serve as a co-producer.
There currently is no timetable set for when the series will arrive.
After many years of fleeting reports, rumors born and rumors dashed, and enough speculation to fill a couple Death Stars it could be official at last: Ewan McGregor could be returning as Obi-Wan Kenobi.
According to Deadline, the Scottish actor is reportedly set to repise the role of the Jedi master for a brand new Disney+, the company’s streaming platform, series. There are no details around the potential show, but it seems likely that the series will likely deal with some period in the around 20 years that Kenobi was living on Tatooine watching over Luke.
That was the type of film or show that rumors were pointing at all these years, even talk of Logan director James Mangold being attached to a potential project in the past.
McGregor of course inherited the role from Alec Guinness who played the role in the original Star Wars: A New Hope and reprised the role, in a ghostly form, for the two sequels in that trilogy. All three of the prequel films had McGregor playing the Jedi alongside Liam Neeson in the first and Hayden Christianson in the latter two, and he even had a voice cameo during a scene in Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015.
The actor has made no secret that he wants to return to the role, and as he’s now 48 he’s nicely within the realm of about what age one could ascribe to Obi-Wan in that time period if they figure Guinesses’ actual age of 63 while filming akin to what Kenobi’s age might be.
If this series comes to fruition it will join the Jon Favreau led The Mandalorian series and the currently untitled Rogue One prequel with Diego Luna reprising the role of Cassian Andor as live-action Star Wars properties on the streaming platform.
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