Recently Men’s Journal spoke with Ewan McGregor about his life and upcoming works, Doctor Sleep, and of course the untitled Kenobi Disney Plus series. Little has been revealed regarding the Kenobi series; the series will take place 8 years after Revenge of the Sith, it’ll start shooting in the summer of next year, and the scripts are complete. When asked how it felt to come back, he said with much satisfaction, “It’s a f****** massive relief. Because for four years, I’ve been having to lie to people about it.”
I was in the room at the Disney Plus panel when they announced the Kenobi series. Kathleen Kennedy brought the beloved actor to the stage and he playfully asked her to ask him whether or not he would ever play Obi-Wan Kenobi again. She did so. His smile radiated throughout the hall at D23 as he had confirmed his reprisal. You could tell the burden of that secret was lifted from shoulders instantly. However, we did not realize it had been kept for four years!
Ever since Disney purchased Lucasfilm from George Lucas, they have made an effort to revitalize the franchise by creating new content. There have been whispers and rumors of a
spinoff Kenobi project in development for years since the mouse took over. Little more than
whispers now after McGregor’s latest remark. Of course, the project has appeared to hit a few snags along the way over the course of those four years.
Numerous writers and directors have appeared to be in talks for the project, yet, after various iterations we find ourselves with writer, Hossein Amini, and director Deborah Chow, who worked as a director on The Mandalorian, slated to release November 12th on Disney Plus.
Many have also speculated that Disney became hesitant in creating spinoff based content around an individual character due to Solo: A Star Wars Story. The popular theory everyone has latched onto dictates that after the lackluster performance of Solo in 2018, Disney put the breaks on the development for the Kenobi spin off movie, fearing another box office flop. The concept was eventually reworked as a Disney Plus series, as the streaming service provided an alternative method to telling stories in the Star Wars universe without the pressure of meeting box office expectations.
Later on in the article McGregor reveals a bit more about the upcoming series as he describes what Kenobi will ultimately have to deal with. Cautiously he stated, “The Jedi Order was falling apart. It will be interesting to take a character we know in a way and show him—Well, his arc will be quite interesting, I think, dealing with that the fact that all the Jedi were slaughtered with the end of Episode III. It’s quite something to get over.” It seems that the Kenobi series may have a similar tone to James Mangold’s, Logan. Obi-Wan must finally confront the horror that is his reality, after so much loss and turmoil has befallen him. Kenobi will most certainly play out to be a slow burn character study; we will probably see him struggle unlike ever before as he attempts to regain control of his life and find his place in the galaxy.
McGregor also states the series will be limited to six hour long episodes. I feel those episodes will be limited to a singular period of time, and not have much time (if any) between them as they were most likely adapted from an earlier feature length screenplay.
Ewan McGregor reprising his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi is enough to get anyone excited, but even more so are these latest comments from him. The Kenobi series is set film next year and is expected to be released on Disney Plus in 2021.