This is the TV collection Star Wars followers have been ready for: Obi-Wan Kenobi is set to return to screens in a brand new TV show from Disney+.
Though followers feared that rumoured plans to develop an Obi-Wan spin-off had been put on carbonite, actor Ewan McGregor – who has beforehand starred as the dry-humoured Jedi Grasp – has introduced he’ll return to the function in a brand new live-action collection.
“It’s been 4 years of claiming ‘properly, I don’t know’,” he advised followers at Disney’s D23 Expo. “Now I can say ‘sure, we’re going to do it’.”
However when precisely will we see McGregor in motion? And what is the plot of the new collection? Right here’s every part we all know to this point…
When is the Obi-Wan Kenobi collection on TV? How can I watch it?
The presently untitled show doesn’t but have a release date. Nevertheless, at Disney D23, LucasFilm’s Kathleen Kennedy introduced all scripts are written and filming will start in 2020.
The collection will launch on the streaming platform Disney+, a service launching in the USA, Canada and the Netherlands on Tuesday 12th November 2019.
Disney+ might be obtainable in the UK, however a launch date for that is but to be introduced.
Who’s in the solid of the Obi-Wan Kenobi TV collection?
Ewan McGregor has been confirmed to play Obi-Wan Kenobi as soon as extra. He performed the character in the Star Wars prequel trilogy films, The Phantom Menace, Assault of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.
Obi-Wan was first performed by Alec Guinness – who died in 2000 – in the authentic Star Wars 1977 film.
Who’s making the collection?
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LucasFilm have introduced that Deborah Chow will direct the collection. Chow, who lately labored on fellow Star Wars Disney+ collection The Mandalorian, has additionally directed episodes of Mr Robotic, American Gods, Jessica Jones, Worry the Strolling Useless, Higher Name Saul and The Man in the Excessive Fort.
“We actually needed to pick out a director who is in a position to discover each the quiet willpower and wealthy mystique of Obi-Wan in a method that folds seamlessly into the Star Wars saga,” LucasFilm President Kathleen Kennedy mentioned in a release.
“Based mostly on her phenomenal work creating our characters in The Mandalorian, I’m completely assured Deborah is the proper director to inform this story.”
The collection is written by Hossein Amini, the screenwriter behind movies and TV reveals like McMafia, Drive, The Alienist, 47 Ronin, Snow White and the Huntsman and Our Type of Traitor, which coincidentally starred Ewan McGregor.
Chow, Amini and McGregor will function govt producers alongside Kathleen Kennedy, Tracey Seaward (The Queen) and John Swartz (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story).
What is the collection about? When is it set?
The Obi-Wan collection will happen eight years after the occasions of 2005’s Revenge of the Sith, the place we final noticed Obi-Wan watching over Luke Skywalker, the secret baby of Darth Vader, on Tatooine. This implies the show might be set roughly round the time of Solo: A Star Wars Story, a number of years earlier than A New Hope.
Ewan McGregor has additionally revealed Obi-Wan hasn’t fairly recovered from the Jedi Cull in Revenge of the Sith.
“It will likely be attention-grabbing to take a personality we all know in a method and show him… Properly, his arc might be fairly attention-grabbing, I believe, coping with that, the truth that each one the Jedi had been slaughtered with the finish of [Revenge of the Sith]. It’s fairly one thing to recover from,” he advised Males’s Journal.
Not much more than that has been confirmed, though we are able to guess what the collection would possibly contain.
Firstly, there’s each likelihood it is going to function the pressure ghost of Liam Neeson’s Qui-Gon Jinn. In any case, in Revenge of the Sith, Yoda outlined that Obi-Wan might be able to contact his outdated grasp after he returned from “netherworld of the Drive”.
Additionally, many are hoping the collection can fill in a few of the questions on Obi-Wan. Why does he name himself ‘Ben Kenobi’ in A New Hope? How is he so accustomed to Mos Eisley? And did he have adventures outdoors Tatooine throughout his wilderness years?
Was there going to be an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie?
Apparently, sure. McGregor has confirmed that early plans for Obi-Wan’s return had him on the massive display screen, however finally the thought shifted to Disney+ as an alternative.
And director Deborah Chow says that’s all for the higher.
“The state of affairs is so complicated each for [Obi-Wan] personally and in a method, the state of the galaxy, you form of want time to discover it,” Chow lately advised the New York Occasions.“And to be sincere there are a great deal of different tales inside that interval as properly, it’s fairly a number of years.
“There is a lot going on between [Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope] that hasn’t been explored. The concept of with the ability to go into a personality journey plus the politics and plus all the vastness of the Empire and what’s going on is thrilling simply because it seems like a correct interval of historical past and generally that is onerous to do in two hours.”