We now have our first glimpse of idea artwork for Obi-Wan Kenobi, the six-episode sequence coming to Disney+ subsequent 12 months, in addition to a behind-the-scenes sizzle reel that includes star Ewan MacGregor and director Deborah Chow. There isn’t any precise footage, however followers are buzzing concerning the idea artwork showcasing Obi-Wan and none aside from Darth Vader, lightsabers locked in battle. The sizzle reel briefly leaked on-line yesterday earlier than being pulled. It was unveiled throughout the streaming platform’s Disney+ Day. (You possibly can test it out on Twitter here.)
We first discovered in August 2019 that the rumors have been true a couple of Star Wars spinoff sequence featuring Obi-Wan Kenobi, with McGregor reprising his position as the enduring character. The actor himself made a shock look on the tail finish of a showcase presentation at D23 Expo 2019, Disney’s annual fan extravaganza. Then got here the large information that Hayden Christensen was reprising his position as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader. Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy called it “the rematch of the century” on the December 2020 Disney Traders Day.
“There’s starvation for this character to return again,” MacGregor stated within the sizzle reel. “The followers have been ready lengthy sufficient, you understand?”
Sure, we do know. Again in 2016, the Hollywood Reporter conducted a poll asking followers which Star Wars character they’d most wish to see function in a by-product movie. Obi-Wan Kenobi was the overwhelming winner, but for some motive, the studio opted to first make Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) as a substitute. That movie wasn’t fairly the stinker many made it out to be, but it surely bombed at the box office. So Disney canceled plans for a Kenobi-centered function movie and reworked the idea right into a restricted sequence for its nascent streaming platform.
Preproduction for the sequence began in January 2020, however then it was placed on maintain—partly because of the pandemic but additionally as a result of Kennedy was reportedly sad with the script, which confirmed too many similarities with The Mandalorian‘s premise. Disney tapped Joby Harold to tackle the rewrites. Capturing reportedly wrapped in September.
Joel Edgerton and Bonnie Piesse are reprising their roles as Owen Lars and his spouse Beru, who took on the duty of elevating the younger Luke Skywalker on Tatooine. The solid additionally consists of Moses Ingram, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Pal, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell, Maya Erskine, and Benny Safdie in undisclosed roles.
The sequence will likely be set 10 years after Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith—you understand, the movie the place Obi-Wan confronted off towards Anakin Skywalker, who turned to the darkish facet and finally turned Sith Lord Darth Vader. Followers have lengthy puzzled precisely what occurred to our favourite Jedi within the ensuing years earlier than he returned in A New Hope. Based on Chow (who directed a number of episodes of The Mandalorian), that interval goes to be “a darkish time” for Obi-Wan, who should cope with the lack of all his pals.
Chow stated that Obi-Wan and different Jedi who survived Order 66 are being hunted down by the Empire’s Jedi Hunters within the firm of Stormtroopers. (There have been unconfirmed rumors that Kang will likely be taking part in an Inquisitor.) Obi-Wan is on Tatooine with a mission to guard younger Luke Skywalker, no less than because the sequence opens, though the idea artwork hints at different settings acquainted to the Star Wars fanbase, most notably Coruscant. So Obi-Wan’s journey is prone to take him away from that preliminary mission sooner or later.
There’s additionally a tantalizingly temporary shot of a masked Christensen coaching with a lightsaber prop and idea artwork that includes Vader in what seems to be his fort on Mustafar. “We couldn’t inform the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi with out addressing Anakin or Vader,” Chow stated.
Obi-Wan Kenobi is slated for a 2022 launch on Disney+.
In different Star Wars information, Disney unveiled a quick teaser for a documentary particular, debuting immediately on Disney+, exploring the legacy of Boba Fett. It comes prematurely of the upcoming premiere of The Ebook of Boba Fett. That sequence stars Temuera Morrison (Assault of the Clones, Aquaman) because the titular bounty hunter and Ming-Na Wen (Brokers of S.H.I.E.L.D.) because the mercenary and murderer Fennec Shand who works for him. Disney released the official trailer on November 1, giving us our first take a look at what we are able to anticipate from this newest venture from showrunner Jon Favreau.
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