There were rumors that Obi-Wan would be getting his own film since Disney announced their intent to do anthology films many, many moons ago. Then, when Solo failed, the anthology films were canceled, and we learned about Disney+, people began to wonder if old Ben would get his own streaming series. Well, at this year’s D23 we were told by Ewan McGregor himself that we are getting an Obi-Wan Kenobi streaming series.
It turns out that Obi-Wan himself has known about this for more than a couple of years. In an interview with Men’s Journal he had this to say:
“It’s a f***ing massive relief, because for four years, I’ve been having to lie to people about it.”
It’s not rare for a project to spend a long time in a creative incubator. I wonder if this was meant to be one of the first anthology films Disney wanted to do, but for some reason (maybe McGregor’s schedule) it didn’t happen. Another bit of information McGregor gave during the interview is the fact the series will be six one hour episodes. This episode count falls in line with the MCU shows coming like Loki and WandaVision.
As for the story, McGregor said this:
“The storyline sits between Episode III and Episode IV. 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.”
He also adds that he wants the character to feel more like Alec Guinness’s time as Kenobi. He mentions being older and greyer himself.
Honestly, this is the only story between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope I ever wanted. I enjoyed Rogue One but I would have given it up for a Kenobi story. I would say I hope this is the last thing between RotS and ANH, but we also have the upcoming Cassian Andor series. Maybe, just maybe, Disney will realize they have a lot of space before The Phantom Menace, a decent amount of space after Return of the Jedi, and of course an entirely blank slate set after the upcoming The Rise of Skywalker.
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Source: Men’s Journal