Disney reveals first look at Obi-Wan Kenobi, who offers showdown with Vader

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Enlarge / Concept art for Obi-Wan Kenobi shows the titular character who locks the lightsabers with none other than Darth Vader.

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We have our first glimpse of concept art Obi-Wan Kenobi, the six-episode series coming to Disney + next year, as well as a behind-the-scenes reel with star Ewan MacGregor and director Deborah Chow. There are no actual footage, but fans grumble about the concept art showing Obi-Wan and none other than Darth Vader, lightsaber locked in battle. The sizzling wheel leaked briefly on the net yesterday before being pulled. It was unveiled during the streaming platform’s Disney + Day. (You can check it out on Twitter here.)

We first learned in August 2019 that the rumors were true about one Star wars spinoff series starring Obi-Wan Kenobi, in which McGregor repeats his role as the iconic character. The actor himself made a surprising appearance at the end of a showcase presentation at D23 Expo 2019, Disney’s annual fan extravaganza. Then came the big news that Hayden Christensen repeated her role as Anakin Skywalker / Darth Vader. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy called it the “revenge battle of the century” at Disney Investors Day in December 2020.

“There’s hunger for this character to come back,” MacGregor said in the sizzling roll. “The fans have been waiting long enough, you know?”

Yes, we know that. Back in 2016, the Hollywood Reporter conducted a poll that asked fans which one Star wars character they would most like to see in a spinoff movie. Obi-Wan Kenobi was the overwhelming winner, but for some reason the studio chose to do first Solo: A Star Wars story (2018) instead. That movie was not quite the stink, many made it, but it bombed the box office. So Disney canceled plans for a Kenobi-centric feature film and reworked the concept into a limited series for its incipient streaming platform.

More concept art shows Vader in what appears to be his castle on Mustafar.
Enlarge / More concept art shows Vader in what appears to be his castle on Mustafar.

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Pre-production for the series started in January 2020, but then it was put on hold – partly because of the pandemic, but also because Kennedy was reportedly unhappy with the script, which showed too many similarities with The Mandalorian‘s premise. Disney pressed Joby Harold to take over the rewriting. The shooting was reportedly completed in September.

Joel Edgerton and Bonnie Piesse repeat their roles as Owen Lars and his wife Beru, who took on the task of raising the young Luke Skywalker on Tatooine. The cast also includes Moses Ingram, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell, Maya Erskine and Benny Safdie in undisclosed roles.

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Enlarge / Hayden Christensen is training a bit with a fake lightsaber for the upcoming series Obi-Wan Kenobi.

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The series is set 10 years later Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith– you know, the movie where Obi-Wan faced Anakin Skywalker, who turned to the dark side and eventually became Sith Lord Darth Vader. Fans have long wondered exactly what happened to our favorite Jedi in the ensuing years before he returned A new hope. According to Chow (who directed several episodes of The Mandalorian), that period becomes “a dark time” for Obi-Wan, who must deal with the loss of all his friends.

Chow said Obi-Wan and other Jedi who survived Order 66 are being chased by Empire Jedi Hunters in the company of Stormtroopers. (There have been unconfirmed rumors that Kang is going to play Inquisitor.) Obi-Wan is on Tatooine with a mission to protect the young Luke Skywalker, at least when the series opens, though concept art suggests other environments known for Star wars fanbase, especially Coruscant. So Obi-Wan’s journey will probably take him away from the first mission at some point.

There is also a tempting short picture of a masked Christensen training with a lightsaber and concept art with Vader in what appears to be his castle on Mustafar. “We could not tell the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi without addressing Anakin or Vader,” Chow said.

Obi-Wan Kenobi is scheduled for a 2022 release on Disney +.

You others Star wars news, Disney unveiled a short teaser for a documentary special that debuted today on Disney +, exploring the legacy of Boba Fett. It comes ahead of the upcoming premiere on The book about Boba Fett. The series stars Temuera Morrison (The attack of the clones, Aquaman) as the titular bounty hunter and Ming-Na Wen (Agents from SHIELD) as the mercenary and assassin Fennec Shand who works for him. Disney released the official trailer on November 1st, giving us our first look at what we can expect from this latest project from showrunner Jon Favreau.

Special appearance: Under the Helmet: The Legacy of Boba Fett.

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