Lucasfilm releases the first official trailer for the Obi-Wan Kenobi TV show marking Ewan McGregor’s long awaited return to Star Wars.
That Obi-Wan Kenobi sizzle wheels confirm an Obi-Wan vs. Darth Vader rematch via concept art. Ever since Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012, there have been rumors that Ewan McGregor will return to the franchise to play Jedi again. McGregor portrayed Obi-Wan in the prequel trilogy and became one of the most universally acclaimed parts of these films. At one point, Lucasfilm was keen to make an Obi-Wan spinoff film, but the project was later reworked into a TV miniseries for Disney +. Deborah Chow, known for directing episodes of The Mandalorian, instructs.
Other than confirmation Obi-Wan Kenobi is set between Sithens revenge and A new hope, little is known about the history of the show. Lucasfilm who assembled a star-studded cast around McGregor, including Hayden Christensen’s long-awaited return as Darth Vader. Obi-Wan Kenobi is not expected to premiere until sometime in 2022, but viewers are eager to get a look at what Chow and the company have in store. Now the curtain has been peeled back a bit.
Ahead of Disney + Day, Lucasfilm unveiled a short behind-the-scenes reel Obi-Wan Kenobi. In the video, McGregor and Chow discuss their enthusiasm for the show, with McGregor drawing particular attention to his reunion with Christensen. There were no actual footage included in the clip, but there are glimpses of it Obi-Wan Kenobi concept art. Watch the video below:
The video sheds some light on Obi-Wan Kenobi story, which Chow mentions, is the empire in search of the Jedi who have survived Order 66. This gives further confidence to reports that Sung Kang portrays an inquisitor on Obi-Wan Kenobi, and it will be interesting to learn more about the show’s villains as the marketing campaign picks up speed. It sounds like the galaxy is becoming a dangerous place for Obi-Wan. There is also mention of Kenobi’s personal mission to watch over young Luke Skywalker, whom Chow describes as “The starting point” for the narrative. The success of Obi-Wan Kenobi may depend on how the creative team concretizes things beyond that. Concept art seemed to indicate that the show would take viewers across more Star wars locations so it does not look like it will all be on Tatooine.
Of course, there is also some focus on Christensen’s return to Star wars franchise. His character is only mentioned as Vader in the video, suggesting that Christensen will primarily be in Sith Lord’s iconic suit during the series. This raises the question of why Christensen was brought back (other actors were used for Vader in Rogue one), so it will be fascinating to see how his story unfolds. Chow makes a good point that it would be difficult to explore Obi-Wan without integrating Vader, given how connected the two are. The biggest takeaway is concept art, which confirms that Obi-Wan will once again duel with his former apprentice, years before their fateful battle in A new hope. Their confrontation in Sithens revenge was one of the prequels’ most epic moments, so it should be exciting to see the two crosses again in Obi-Wan Kenobi.
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