On Friday, Lucasfilm announced that Deborah Chow will direct the Obi-Wan Kenobi series for Disney+ that was announced at D23 last month!
The series features the return of Ewan McGregor as the legendary Jedi Master, something Star Wars fans have long been hoping for. At D23, Lucasfilm President Kathy Kennedy announced that the show – which will be set eight years after Revenge of the Sith – already had its scripts completed and would begin filming next year. Those scripts were written by Hossein Amini, Lucasfilm announced today.
Chow has directed episodes for several TV shows, but most notably for Star Wars fans is that she directed multiple episodes of the first season of The Mandalorian, which is coming to Disney+ in November. That experience allowed Lucasfilm to see her work up close, and Kennedy was impressed.
“We really wanted to select a director who is able to explore both the quiet determination and rich mystique of Obi-Wan in a way that folds seamlessly into the Star Wars saga,” Kennedy said in a statement released by Lucasfilm. “Based on her phenomenal work developing our characters in The Mandalorian, I’m absolutely confident Deborah is the right director to tell this story.”
Unlike The Mandalorian, which is helmed by Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni but which features five directors over the eight episode first season, it sounds like Chow will direct the entirety of the Obi-Wan Kenobi series. That’s actually not too surprising, as it is expected that this will be a limited TV series of probably six episodes or so (that’s just my speculation). Given that, it’s not a bad idea to have one director handle all of it, and I’m excited to see what Chow does with this much-anticipated show! I’m excited!
Both Chow and Amini will also serve as executive producers on the show, alongside Ewan McGregor, Kathleen Kennedy, Tracey Seaward, and John Swartz.