Disney+ gave an earlier premiere kick-off on Friday for the first two episodes of the new series, Obi-Wan Kenobi, reviving its Star Wars series format following the successes of the first two seasons of The Mandalorian and season one of The Book Of Boba Fett. With each show taking up a certain space in the franchise timeline, we now have the newest addition returning title star Ewan McGregor to the role the late Alec Guiness birthed in George Lucas’s maiden 1977 release of Episode IV: A New Hope.
Disney/Lucasfilm are announcing a May 25 premiere for Disney+ series, Obi-Wan Kenobi, the latest in line of programming for the Star Wars brand as the companies continue plotting future film and television endeavors. The show was firstly announced back in 2018 as a feature film prior to the studio switching gears a year later, thus announcing plans for a show at D23 that year.
It’s been a thing of internet rumor soup for some time now, but all centering on a spin-off for Star Wars mainstay, Obi-Wan Kenobi now appears to be taking shape at long last. Of course, it comes at a pretty hefty time for fans of the Disney/Lucasfilm library who may be somewhat weary of what to expect with the current handling of the new Han Solo standalone film now being overseen by Ron Howard as of June.
They’re not wrong and concern is a good thing at this juncture. Thus, one hopes the process for this latest move will go smoother for Oscar-nominated Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliott, The Hours) who is reportedly in early talks to direct the movie. A script still needs writing and roles still need casting while it is not yet clear if actor Ewan McGregor will succeed his portryal of the character as seen in the Star Wars prequels (1999-2005) from director George Lucas. McGregor suceeded the iconic role following that of actor Alec Guiness whose memorable portrayal of the nomadic Jedi warrior in Lucas’s Star Wars in 1977, earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
The aforementioned Han Solo film which stars Alden Ehrenreich, slated for May 25, 2018, is one of several spin-off in the works following Lucas’s sale of Lucasfilm in 2012 apart from the current main canon of Star Wars films succeeding from The Force Awakens and into this December’s The Last Jedi.
Say what you will about the film’s existence now, I suppose the $20 million dollar question is who should play the man who would become Luke’s “Uncle Ben”? Comment below! (THR)