A lot of Disney’s attention at the moment has turned to Disney+, the streaming service that the company will be rolling out later this year.
Lucasfilm is certainly doing their part to bring content to Disney+, as they have announced two live-action TV shows and a seventh season of the animated The Clone Wars series. The live-action shows are The Mandalorian, helmed by Jon Favreau and coming later this year, and a show starring Diego Luna as he reprises his role as Cassian Andor from Rogue One.
But it sounds like a third live-action show may be coming as well.
A few days ago, Fantha Tracks reported that a third, currently unannounced live-action show was registered in the UK on October 12th, 2018 under the production name “SERIES III PRODUCTIONS (UK) LIMITED. Their report expects that the show will be officially announced at Celebration this year.
More significantly, though, was an earlier report from Star Wars News Net that an Obi-Wan Kenobi live-action TV series will be coming to Disney+, and it likely will be a six episode run. They also reported that Ewan McGregor was at the Solo premiere because Lucasfilm was going to announce a standalone Kenobi film shortly thereafter, but the box office results nixed the film. So they are now going to turn it into a six-episode TV series.
I have to imagine, then, that at Star Wars Celebration this year we will get an official announcement that Ewan McGregor will be returning to the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi for a limited TV series for Disney+. It would make a ton of sense, would be a significant draw, is something many fans have wanted for a while, and would be a great announcement. I assume that McGregor will be at Celebration anyway for The Phantom Menace 20th anniversary panel, and especially considering that context it would be great to announce it.
I also think that we’ll get a more concrete timeline of future Star Wars projects past Episode IX at Celebration, which includes Rian Johnson’s trilogy of films, the trilogy of films by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, several TV shows, and probably some yet unannounced projects as well. I fully expect that we’ll get some announcements at Celebration about the future of Star Wars, and obviously anything involving Kenobi would be a fan favorite.
This is exciting news, and I really hope that it actually happens. I love Kenobi, I love McGregor’s portrayal of the heroic Jedi, and I’d love to see a limited series about him. The big question is, of course, what he’d be doing during this time, as assuming it’s set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope there’s limitations storytelling-wise, but I trust that Lucasfilm will handle it well.