Stories told of the “Star Wars” universe immediately after the events of the prequel film “Revenge of the Sith” are interesting narratives for fans of the whole franchise. To recap, that was when Republic Chancellor/Sith Lord Palpatine successfully corrupts Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker into his apprentice Darth Vader, turns the Republic into the Galactic Empire, and uses the Clone Army to exterminate the Jedi, while Jedi Masters Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi flee to exile after hiding Anakin’s children. Disney+ streaming has decided to do a big series of those early dark times focusing on Obi-Wan, with prequel actor Ewan McGregor reprising. Recently the production start and official cast were revealed.
CNN tells us that Disney+ has dropped its biggest chunk of info for their upcoming “Star Wars” series titled “Obi-Wan Kenobi.” Much of the positive reception to this spinoff is courtesy of the so-far two-season success of pioneering show “The Mandalorian” on the exclusive Disney streaming platform, as well as the principal protagonist and antagonist being played by their respective movie portrayers. There is still no solid release date for “Kenobi,” but Disney+ has stated that they will begin principal photography sometime in April. Meanwhile, they are introducing the entire cast of “Kenobi” so far.
Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen as Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader are already given names. The same goes for Indira Varma (“Game of Thrones”), but now the cast list has been expanded to include the following: Joel Edgerton, Moses Ingram (“The Queen’s Gambit”), Kumail Nanjiani (“Adventure Time”), Bonnie Piesse, Rupert Friend (“Hitman: Agent 47”), Simone Kessell (“San Andreas”), Sung Kang (Han from “Fast and Furious” franchise), O’Shea “OMG” Jackson Jr. (“Godzilla: King of the Monsters”), and Benny Safdie. Edgerton and Piesse portrayed young versions of Luke Skywalker’s Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru in the prequels, so their roles in the “Kenobi” series are clear.
“Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi” will be directed by Deborah Chow, director of two episodes of “The Mandalorian.” Ewan McGregor himself is executive producer along with Chow, Michelle Rejwan and Kathleen Kennedy. Joby Harold is writing the series, which again will come out on Disney+ after “The Book of Boba Fett” and perhaps “Mandalorian” season 3.
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