Star Wars officially announced the cast for Obi-Wan Kenobi today, the highly-anticipated special event series that will be coming to Disney+. The show, of course, stars Ewan McGregor in his return to the iconic role of Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, and as previously announced, also stars Hayden Christensen. It was revealed in December that Christensen would be portraying Darth Vader, though it remains to be seen whether he will also reprise the role of Anakin Skywalker.
The cast will also include Moses Ingram, Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell, and Benny Safdie. While the others are newcomers to the Star Wars galaxy, Joel Edgerton and Bonnie Piesse are not, as they portrayed Owen and Beru Lars, respectively, in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. This series begins ten years after the events of Revenge of the Sith, so at this point Owen and Beru are moisture farmers on Tatooine, raising their nephew Luke Skywalker in obscurity, under the watchful eye of the nearby hermit, Obi-Wan Kenobi. It is super exciting to have both of them returning to the franchise as well.
Also announced is that the series will begin production in April – which is right around the corner!
Overall, this is a phenomenal cast that makes me even more excited for this series. It’s obviously headlined by McGregor and Christensen, as it should be, but the rest of the cast looks incredible too. It’s awesome! One thing that I noticed is that Moses Ingram is the top-billed cast-member for the show outside of McGregor and Christensen, which suggests that she may be the female lead of the series. Her being listed before Edgerton and Piesse (as returning members to the franchise) furthers this theory. That will be interesting to watch unfold, as we don’t know who she – or these other newcomers – are playing. What seems clear (if it wasn’t already before) is that this series will be more than Kenobi as a hermit, as there are plenty of others who will be playing roles as well.
The series is, of course, directed by Deborah Chow, who will also serve as an executive producer on the series alongside Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Ewan McGregor, and Joby Harold.