(Pocket-lint) - For two years, Disney has been working on a new Disney+ series that will see the return of Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi. It will also bring back Hayden Christensen as Darth Vader, setting up an iconic rematch between the Jedi master and his apprentice.
Production finally kicked off last April, with Disney announcing Deborah Chow will serve as a director for the limited series. She previously directed two episodes of The Mandalorian. More recently, Disney has revealed a slew of other updates - including a release date. And, as always, the internet is abuzz with theories about the plot and which characters might pop up in it.
Here's every we know so far about Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Where does Obi-Wan Kenobi fit in the Star Wars timeline?
Obi-Wan Kenobi takes place a decade after the final film in the prequel trilogy, Revenge of the Sith.
It's also set nine years before we meet up with Obi-Wan again in A New Hope. This is a relatively unexplored timeline in the Star Wars Universe. Solo: A Star Wars Story is set around this time, and it shows a universe with the Empire at the height of its power.
While that certainly makes life tough for a smuggler like Han Solo, it should be even more difficult for a Jedi master like Obi-Wan, who could be among the Empire’s and Darth Vader’s most wanted. We also could see Obi-Wan dealing with Imperial Jedi hunters known as Inquisitors, who were tasked with hunting down the few remaining Jedi.
Which characters will appear in Obi-Wan Kenobi?
We know Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader will definitely appear in the show, but what about other Star Wars characters? Nothing else has been confirmed at this point, but there are plenty of theories about potential appearances. Here's a look at some of the most intriguing ones.
We know that Rosario Dawson’s Ahsoka Tano is getting her own Disney+ show that's set around The Mandalorian, which is about 20 years after the show Obi-Wan Kenobi takes place. It wouldn’t be shocking to see her included in the series, as she’s close to the two main characters we know are going to be featured. She was Anakin’s former apprentice and feels more guilt about his turning into Darth Vader than anyone except for Obi-Wan himself. One new theory is that the casting of Indira Varma could point to her portraying a younger version of Ahsoka.
Obi-Wan and Ahsoka talk about Anakin in The Clone Wars (watch here), which shows the relationship between the three characters.
There’s been a ton of rumours swirling amid a fan-led campaign that Disney will eventually introduce a younger version of Luke portrayed by Sebastian Stan. That probably won’t happen in this Obi-Wan Kenobi series, as the future leader of the Rebellion will be around 10 years old. Still, we know Obi-Wan was intent on watching over the boy at the end of Revenge of the Sith, so it wouldn’t be surprising if we get a glimpse at Luke as a young moisture farmer on Tattooine.
We know Maul survived being chopped in half by Obi-Wan at the end of The Phantom Menace, as the character appeared at the end of Solo: A Star Wars Story as well in the animated series Star Wars: Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels. Already, rumours have begun to swirl about a Maul return in the Kenobi series, but we wonder how effective it would be since the two have a climactic showdown in Star Wars: Rebels that sees Obi-Wan finally kill Maul for good (we think),
It wouldn’t shock us to see Liam Neeson return to the Star Wars Universe as Kenobi’s former Jedi master, Qui-Gon Jinn. Sure, he’s dead, but it would make sense to see him in both flashbacks and as a Force ghost keeping Obi-Wan company in his desert hideout.
Jabba the Hutt
Here's another classic Star Wars character that'd make sense for us to see in the series. We know at least part of the show will take place on Tattooine, after all, and Jabba’s criminal empire rules the back-water planet as much or more than the Empire.
Duchess Satine Kryze
If you only follow the Star Wars live-action universe, first of all, you're missing out, and secondly, you might be surprised to learn that, before Anakin’s love for Padme turned him to the Dark Side, Obi-Wan was tempted by love in a similar way. While Anakin’s love led him to join the Dark Side for fear of losing Padme, Obi-Wan did the opposite, turning his back on the Mandalorian ruler Satine Kryze, with whom he had fallen in love, to preserve his vows as a Jedi.
While the events of their love affair eventually see Satine murdered by Darth Maul in front of Obi-Wan, it wouldn’t be shocking to find Obi-Wan troubled by these memories with some flashbacks, just like Anakin’s turn to the Dark Side. Check out Star Wars: Clone Wars to get the full story behind Satine and Obi-Wan. Satine is another logical character for the already announced cast member Indira Varma to play.
We recently saw Bo Katan’s live-action debut in the second season of The Mandalorian. She is portrayed by the same actress who voiced the character in her animated form, Katee Sackhoff. This is another character that Obi-Wan would’ve known from The Clone Wars series, and including her in this Obi-Wan Kenobi show would be particularly interesting to fans of The Mandalorian.
Katan was the last person to wield the Mandalorian lightsaber, known as the Dark Saber, before The Mandalorian’s big bad Moff Gideon got his hands on it during an event known as The Great Purge, which saw the Empire attack Mandalore. The Great Purge happened around the same time as the Obi-Wan Kenobi series is set, so it could provide a great opportunity to show an event that’s only been hinted at in The Mandalorian.
One of the only other known Jedis during this time is a former apprentice that survived the Order 66 and starred in the Star Wars video game, Jedi: Fallen Order. While tying a video game into the actual Star Wars Universe might seem far-fetched at first, it’s worth pointing out that Fallen Order is a part of Star Wars canon and takes place a few years before the events of this Obi-Wan Kenobi series.
The actor who plays Kestis, Cameron Monaghan, in the video game also has plenty of experience in live-action series, as he starred as the Joker in the Batman prequel series Gotham and has been part of the Showtime hit series Shameless.
Who stars in Obi-Wan Kenobi ?
Deborah Chow has been tasked with bringing Obi-Wan to Disney+. Star Wars fans will remember she directed two episodes of The Mandalorian and that she showed up on the screen for a cameo as an X-Wing pilot. She was the first woman to direct any live-action Star Wars project.
Hossein Amini will write the script. He most recently worked on the TV series The Alienist and is best known for writing the 2011 film Drive.
Ewan MacGregor and Hayden Christensen will return as their characters from the prequel trilogy.
Disney has a announced a list of more cast members, but only two of them - Joel Edgerton and Bonnie Piesse - are actually attached to characters at this point. Edgerton and Piesse are reprising their roles from Star Wars: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, where they played Owen and Beru Lars, Luke's adoptive aunt and uncle.
Here is the full cast:
- Ewan MacGregor - Obi-Wan Kenobi
- Hayden Christensen - Anakin Skywalker/ Darth Vader
- Joel Edgerton - Owen Lars
- Bonnie Piesse - Beru Lars
- Moses Ingram - Unannounced
- Kumail Nanjiani - Unannounced
- Indira Varma - Unannounced
- Rupert Friend - Unannounced
- O'Shea Jackson Jr - Unannounced
- Sung Kang - Unannounced
- Simone Kessell - Unannounced
- Benny Safdie - Unannounced
When will Obi-Wan Kenobi be available to watch?
Disney has revealed that the limited-run Obi-Wan Kenobi series premieres 25 May 2022 (no, sadly not May 4th).
Where will Obi-Wan Kenobi be available to stream?
The series will be available exclusively on Disney+.
Are there any trailers for Obi-Wan Kenobi?
There are no trailers yet for the Obi-Wan Kenobi series, but you can watch Disney's Kathleen Kennedy reveal Hayden Christensen's return and more about the upcoming Disney+ project at the Disney Investor Day 2020 event. Go here and skip to the 1:22:00 mark.
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Writing by Maggie Tillman.