After a bit of a rocky start, Lucasfilm has officially announced that Obi-Wan Kenobi, its upcoming miniseries about the Jedi Master will begin production in April, and has unveiled the cast for the project.
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In the lead-up to launching Disney+, Disney announced that its first Star Wars project would be The Mandalorian, and a year later, the studio announced that it would continue to produce Star Wars shows, including one about Cassian Andor and in August 2019, a six-episode miniseries about Obi-Wan Kenobi, to be directed by Deborah Chow, who was one of the directors for The Mandalorian.
Since then, we’ve gotten some details about what to expect: it would be set eight years after Revenge of the Sith, and Hayden Christensen would return to reprise his role as Anakin Skywalker and/or Darth Vader.
But early last year, Lucasfilm put the series on hold to “retool” the show over some issues with its scripts. The series had been expected to enter production last year, but that delay pushed the project back for months, with insiders expecting production to resume in Summer 2021.
Now, the series is officially back on the docket: Lucasfilm says that it will begin shooting next month, and that in addition to Ewan McGregor reprising his role as the title character (and Christensen), the rest of the cast will include Moses Ingram (The Queen’s Gambit), Joel Edgerton (reprising his role as Owen Lars from Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith), Bonnie Piesse (reprising her role as Beru Lars from Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith), Kumail Nanjiani (Eternals, Silicon Valley), Indira Varma (Rome, Game of Thrones), Rupert Friend (Hitman), O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Straight Outta Compton), Sung Kang (Raya and the Last Dragon), Simone Kessell (Reckoning), and Benny Safdie (Good Time).
It’s not a huge surprise to see that Beru and Owen Lars will be popping up, given that they’re practically neighbors with Kenobi, and I can’t help but think that this means that we’ll see an eight-year-old version of Luke Skywalker as well.
Lucasfilm didn’t provide a release date for the project, but it seems likely that it’s slated for a 2022 release.