According to a recent report from Variety, Joby Harold has been hired to write the Obi-Wan Kenobi series, which will be coming to Disney+ and starring Ewan McGregor as he reprises the iconic role.
If you’re not familiar with Harold, that’s ok – because he’s a virtual unknown in Hollywood. He has produced some films (with more in the works) and a couple of series, and he has served as a writer on Awake (2007, which he also directed), King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017), and Army of the Dead (2020). The Kenobi series will be just his fourth writing credit (as of this time), and his first on a TV series.
Because of all of this, it’s pretty… interesting… that Lucasfilm would bring in such an unknown to handle such a beloved character and such a highly-anticipated show, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll be a bad move. It’s just more curious than anything.
The Kenobi series has been rumored for years and was finally announced officially last year. Ewan McGregor has said previously that the scripts are done but that they were going back and working on them more to make them better, and that includes bringing in a new writer now. With things currently slowed down because of the COVID-19 outbreak, it’s possible that Lucasfilm will have plenty of time to work on the scripts before filming would ever even start.
The series will star McGregor once again as Obi-Wan Kenobi and will be directed by Deborah Chow, who did tremendous work on her episodes of The Mandalorian.