After years of speculation and rumors – which only intensified recently – it was officially announced at D23 on Friday that Ewan McGregor will indeed reprise his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi for a Disney+ series.
All the scripts for the series are written, and filming will begin next year! No release date was given. According to the timeline put up at D23, this show will take place approximately 12 years before the Battle of Yavin (12 BBY), which puts it around seven years after the events of Revenge of the Sith.
At the conclusion of the Star Wars presentation at the Disney+ event that included info about The Mandalorian The Clone Wars, and the Cassian Andor show, Lucasfilm President Kathy Kennedy told fans that they had one more thing. She brought Ewan McGregor out on stage, who asked Kennedy to ask him whether he would play Obi-Wan Kenobi again – the question he’s been getting over and over again in recent years. She asked, and he answered: YES.
This is very exciting news, and it’s much further along than simply an announcement, since all the scripts are written. We don’t know who wrote them or who is directing the series, which was reported to be a 6-8 episode limited series, but we do know that McGregor is back as the star.
We don’t know anything about what it will be about, besides obviously that the time period means that Obi-Wan is a crazy old wizard in the desert of Tatooine. And given the rumors that said this was originally being developed as a film, I think it’s safe to say that it will probably tell one main, continuous storyline – but should have plenty of time to do it over the course of several episodes. I can’t wait!