The rumors have circulated for years, but now it's finally, totally, officially confirmed: Ewan McGregor will return to the Star Wars universe to star as Obi-Wan Kenobi in a new Disney+ series. The actor first played the character 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 film, Star Wars - Episode IV: A New Hope.)
Although Lucasfilm and Disney+ are keeping most details about the upcoming series under wraps for now, here's everything we know about the new series so far.
Definitely not its name. The new series remains untitled!
But it will begin production in 2020. Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy confirmed at Disney's D23 Expo in August that all the scripts for the series have been written and that the show will begin filming next year.
Unfortunately, we also don't know when it will premiere. In a perfect world, meaning a world where we control everything that happens, the new series would also debut on the streaming service in 2020. But we're not going to get our hopes up, especially not with everything else the service is currently working on, including the Star Wars live-action shows The Mandalorian (debuting on the service in November) and the Cassian Andor-centered Rogue One prequel series (you can find out more about that series here).
We do know when it takes place, though! Thanks to a handy new timeline revealed during the Disney+ panel at D23, 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, aka the era that leads up to the original film trilogy. But then a recent episode of The Star Wars Show and StarWars.com revealed even more details about the timing of the series, and now we have specifics. It will take place eight years after the events of The Revenge of the Sith, "where we last saw Obi-Wan delivering the infant Luke Skywalker to his Tatooine homestead."
This timing naturally has Star Wars fans buzzing because Darth Maul, who was seemingly killed when he was cut in half by Obi-Wan at the end of that film, was actually revealed to be alive in Solo. This is something that some fans knew already thanks to all of the canonical Star Wars TV shows and stories that have taken place off the big screen. But could this news mean the character will appear in this Obi-Wan series? One can only hope.
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