So far, the different live-action Star Wars series for Disney+ have proven to be an opportunity for a variety of different directors to jump into the galaxy far, far away.
The first season of The Mandalorian featured five different directors, while the second season featured seven different ones (including four newcomers from season one). The Book of Boba Fett featured five different directors (including two newcomers from The Mandalorian). In all, then, eleven different people have directed at least one of the 23 episodes across these shows, all under the guidance and direction of showrunners Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni.
One of the directors who worked on season one of The Mandalorian was Deborah Chow, who directed two episodes: “Chapter 3: The Sin” and “Chapter 7: The Reckoning.” She did a fantastic job and her episodes were exemplary, and that helped lead Lucasfilm to tap her as the showrunner for the highly anticipated Obi-Wan Kenobi series, which will premiere on May 25 on Disney+. And unlike how those previous shows have operated, Chow actually directed every episode of this series herself.
“It was a great experience,” Ewan McGregor said of the experience, in a recent interview with Forbes. “Deborah Chow directed all the episodes and she’s really good. She directed a couple [episodes] of The Mandalorian and she’s a really great director. She really knows the Star Wars world, inside out, far more than I do. We just had a great time.” He then went on to talk about how great it was filming more scenes with Hayden Christensen, but note in that statement how he mentioned that Chow directed all of the episodes, as well as the effusive praise he has for her.
The show will reportedly run for six episodes, as a limited original series, and it obviously stars the return of Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen, something that is sure to delight and thrill Star Wars fans. The series will explore Obi-Wan’s time in the Tatooine desert in-between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, but will expand into a huge adventure that will lead him to a rematch with Darth Vader, from the sounds of it. Chow is the showrunner, executive producing the series and directing every episode, while Joby Harold wrote the scripts and is also an executive producer. Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, and Ewan McGregor are executive producers on the project as well.
Chow did a fantastic job on The Mandalorian and is an excellent choice for Obi-Wan Kenobi, and I’m glad she directed all of the episodes. I think she’s got a ton of talent on that front, but also I think this will help give a consistency and coherent vision across the story that’s being told.