Current Social Climate Delays Premiere of ‘Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challenge’

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It may seem hard to believe, but there has never before been a Star Wars game show on television. The first series of its kind, game show Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challenge was originally set to premiere today, with Star Wars actor Ahmed Best hosting.

Now, however, it has come to light that the premiere of the 10-episode series, which features kids competing on a Jedi Temple set, will be delayed until next Wednesday, June 10.

Best, who portrayed Jar-Jar Binks in the Star Wars prequel trilogy and is set to play host/Jedi Knight Kelleran Beq, took to Instagram to announce the delay of the Jedi Temple Challenge debut.

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I’m so pumped to share #jeditemplechallenge with everyone. The fan response at Celebration last year was the beginning of my return to the galaxy I love so much. #KelleranBeq “The Sabered Hand” is the first Black number one lead of anything #StarWars and that is so very important to me. I’m also a #producer of the show and that makes me doubly excited to bring this thing to you. But as a black man, a black father, a black producer and black artist I have to consider all that is happening in the world right now. Our team has decided to push the premiere of #Jeditemplechallenge until next Wednesday June 10th. Hopefully we can be in a better headspace next week to enjoy this game show. I’ve been a part of this family for twenty years and I’ve felt your support. The excitement behind #KelleranBeq has me bursting with ideas of lore and backstory. Can't wait to share all of that with you. Star Wars fans, I appreciate us. #maytheforcebewithyoualways #hangwithmeonemoreweek #starwarsfandom #balance #jarjarbinks #blacklivesmatter #blackproducer #blackartists #maytheforcebewithyou

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Best wrote a lengthy post, saying, “I’m so pumped to share [Jedi Temple Challenge] with everyone. The fan response at Celebration [Star Wars Celebration Chicago] last year was the beginning of my return to the galaxy I love so much. #KelleranBeq ‘The Sabered Hand’ is the first Black number one lead of anything #StarWars and that is so very important to me. I’m also a #producer of the show and that makes me doubly excited to bring this thing to you.”

Best’s post continued, “But as a black man, a black father, a black producer and black artist I have to consider all that is happening in the world right now. Our team has decided to push the premiere of #Jeditemplechallenge until next Wednesday June 10th. Hopefully we can be in a better headspace next week to enjoy this game show. I’ve been a part of this family for twenty years and I’ve felt your support.”

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The reasons behind postponing the premiere of Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challenge make sense, particularly given that youth are its target demographic and all families are dealing with very tough, very real conversations right now.

Fellow Star Wars actor John Boyega (Finn) joined today’s Black Lives Matter protest in London’s Hyde Park district, giving an emotionally-charged speech to the protest rally crowd gathered there.

When the Star Wars game show premieres, it will be available on StarWarsKids.com and the official Lucasfilm Star Wars YouTube channel. What do you think about the delay of Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challenge due to current tension around the world? Share your feelings in the comments! 

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