Ewan McGregor recently revealed new details about the currently untitled Obi-Wan Kenobi series on Disney+. In an interview with Men’s Journal, the Scottish actor revealed that the series would bridge the original Star Wars trilogy and the prequel Star Wars trilogy, specifically taking place between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. While not going much into details, McGregor told reporters that the series will see Master Kenobi coming to terms with the fall of the Jedi Order and the murder of his fellow Jedi by the Galactic Empire. McGregor added that fans will be able to see a version of Kenobi more in-line with the older version of the Jedi master that Sir Alec Guinness played in the original trilogy. McGregor feels that he will be able to bring a feeling of authenticity to the part because he is himself closer to Guinness’s age when the legendary actor filmed the original Star Wars in 1977.
McGregor continued his interview by saying that being able to talk about the Kenobi project is a massive relief. The actor revealed that talks on bringing Kenobi back had been going on for four years as Disney and Lucasfilm figured out the best way to reintroduce the character. During that time, McGregor had to keep quiet, denying that the studios were planning on producing new Kenobi stories. While no release date is set yet, McGregor said that he will begin shooting the six-episode series next summer, indicating that the series will probably premiere sometime in 2021. It is also unclear if other classic characters from the films will appear in the Kenobi series, but a rumor suggests that actor Joel Edgerton might star in the series as well. Edgerton played Owen Lars, stepbrother to Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader and Luke’s uncle, in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. Talking with the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Edgerton said that there is a possibility his character might appear in the Kenobi series but that he cannot comment on it at the moment.
The Kenobi series is just one part of Lucasfilm’s massive plan for the Star Wars franchise following the release of The Rise of Skywalker this December. Next month, the post-Return of the Jedi series The Mandalorian will premiere on Disney+. A second season of The Mandalorian is already in production as well. Lucasfilm is further in pre-production on a series following Rebel Alliance spy Cassian Andor that will also stream on Disney+.