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Star Wars Obi-Wan Series With Ewan McGregor Coming to Disney Plus

It will begin production in 2020

Lindsay MacDonald

As it turns out, maybe these are the droids you're looking for: Ewan McGregor will return to the Star Wars universe to star as Obi-Wan Kenobi in a new Disney+ series focused on the legendary Jedi, Disney announced during the D23 Expo on Friday.

Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy confirmed the news at the end of the Star Wars portion of the Disney+ presentation, ending long-standing rumors that something involving McGregor was in the works. The actor appeared on-stage to say, "Yes, we're going to do it!" after years of lying about whether or not he'd be reprising the role. (McGregor first played Obi-Wan in the Star Wars prequel films, The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith. The character was originated by Sir Alec Guinness in the original Star Wars film, Star Wars - Episode IV: A New Hope.)

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According to Kennedy, the scripts for the series are all written and the show will begin production next year. Thanks to a handy new timeline revealed during the panel, we know the series will be set during the same time period as Solo: A Star Wars Story, which Lucasfilm describes as being at the end of the Age of Republic, which is the era that leads up to the original film trilogy.

The idea of Obi-Wan and McGregor coming back to the Star Wars universe has long been in play. Back in August 2017, it was reported by multiple outlets that a film was in the works with McGregor as star and Stephen Daldry ready to work on the script with Lucasfilm and also direct. It's not clear if Daldry is involved in the official Obi-Wan series, nor what happened to that potential film.

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This story has been updated to include the time period the series is set in.

​Ewan McGregor, Star Wars

Ewan McGregor, Star Wars