Obi-Wan Kenobi Series: Shooting Date and Cast
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After working through various kinks as well as a pandemic that we all had to deal with, it looks like cameras are about ready to roll on Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi, the upcoming Disney+ series that has Ewan McGregor reprising his role as the Jedi Master and takes place 10 years after the events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.
Obi-Wan Kenobi shooting date
The upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars show's full cast has been revealed, along with the show's production start date. The series stars Ewan McGregor as the Jedi Master he played in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, continuing the story of "Old Ben" into the Galactic Empire era, taking place 10 years after Obi-Wan's dramatic duel with his former padawan Anakin Skywalker in Revenge of the Sith. Hayden Christensen also returns in the series, not as Anakin Skywalker but as Darth Vader, Lord of the Sith, who Anakin became after his fall to the dark side of the Force. The series begins filming in April, according to Comicbook.
When is Obi-Wan Kenobi released on Disney Plus?
Obi-Wan Kenobi does not yet have a confirmed release date, but filming is scheduled to begin in April 2021.
Assuming that the production keeps to this timetable and is not hit by any COVID-19 complications, then we can reasonably expect to see the limited series sometime around early 2022.
Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy revealed that work was underway on the project, telling The Wrap that it was being developed as a limited series (meaning that there may not be multiple seasons).
She said: “It’s been very exciting to see the talent that’s come in. And we’re now developing the limited Obi-Wan Kenobi series with Deborah Chow, and she’s just been doing a phenomenal job.”
Obi-Wan Kenobi series cast
In addition to starring Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi, the special event series features the return of Hayden Christensen as Darth Vader.
Joining the cast are Moses Ingram, Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell, and Benny Safdie. Also, according to Disney, the executive-producers are Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Deborah Chow, Ewan McGregor, and writer Joby Harold.
There has been plenty of MCU action as of late on Disney Plus with WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and Loki set to premiere in July. But Star Wars fans have been on a bit of a dry spell since season 2 of The Mandalorian wrapped up. Of course, you can still watch Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian Season 2 which is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of season 2, Groovy post reported.
Obi-Wan Kenobi plot theories
The Obi-Wan series will take place 10 years after the events of 2005’s Revenge of the Sith, where we last saw Obi-Wan watching over Luke Skywalker, the secret child of Darth Vader, on Tatooine.
Relatively few plot details are known, but it appears that Obi-Wan Kenobi will once more face off against his fallen apprentice, in what producer Kathleen Kennedy has described as “the rematch of the century”.
“We will definitely see Obi-Wan and Darth Vader get into it again,” she told GamesRadar.
Ewan McGregor has also revealed Obi-Wan hasn’t quite recovered from the Jedi Cull in Revenge of the Sith.
“His arc will be quite interesting, I think, dealing with that, the fact that all the Jedi were slaughtered with the end of [Revenge of the Sith]. It’s quite something to get over,” he told Men’s Journal.
Many fans are hoping the series can fill in some of the blanks about Obi-Wan. Why does he call himself ‘Ben Kenobi’ in A New Hope? How is he so familiar with Mos Eisley? And did he have adventures outside Tatooine during his wilderness years?
How will the Kenobi series be filmed?
In a recent interview, McGregor shed some light on what filming processes would be used to create the series, with the crew borrowing the dynamic background screen techniques used regularly in fellow Disney+ series The Mandalorian (read our latest The Mandalorian review).
“They employ that incredible screen, and I don’t even begin to know how it works, but it’s pretty amazing, y’know,” he told ACE Universe.
“And so when you’re on set, if you’re in a snowscape or something, well, when you look around, you see that. And it makes you feel like you’re in the place; I think it’s going to be more, it’s going to feel more real for us, for the actors. And I think we’ll be using some of that technology on our show.”
Obi-Wan Kenobi director
LucasFilm has announced that Deborah Chow will direct the series. Chow, who recently worked on the fellow Star Wars Disney+ series The Mandalorian, has also directed episodes of Mr. Robot, American Gods, Jessica Jones, Fear the Walking Dead, Better Call Saul, and The Man in the High Castle.
“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,” LucasFilm President Kathleen Kennedy said in a release.
“Based on her phenomenal work developing our characters in The Mandalorian, I’m absolutely confident Deborah is the right director to tell this story.”
The series was originally being written by Hossein Amini, the screenwriter behind films and TV shows like McMafia, Drive, The Alienist, 47 Ronin, Snow White, and the Huntsman, and Our Kind of Traitor, which coincidentally starred Ewan McGregor.
However, Amini left the project in January 2020. He is reportedly being replaced by Joby Harold, who served as executive producer for John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum and is writing Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead. According to Variety, Harold was also selected to develop a new take on the Transformers franchise over at Paramount.
Chow and McGregor will serve as executive producers alongside Kathleen Kennedy, Tracey Seaward (The Queen), and John Swartz (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), Radio times cited.
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