Disney+ Getting ‘Standalone Season’ of Obi-Wan Kenobi

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Star Wars fans are about to get a replenishment of new content from Disney+ with the release of The Mandalorian season 2 on October 30, 2020. But what about that Obi-Wan Kenobi series?

In the middle of his press tour for his Apple TV+ series, Long Way Up, actor Ewan McGregor gave a few details about his return as Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi specifically when they look to get underway and how many seasons to expect.

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Spring next year we start,” he revealed to Entertainment Tonight. “I’m really excited about it. It’s gonna be great, I think.”

“As I understand, it’s a standalone season,” he added. “We’ll see. Who knows?”

For this Disney+ original series, Star Wars will be taking viewers back to Tatooine eight years after the ending of Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. It will be directed by Deborah Chow who confirmed that there will be six episodes in this season. Chow is also a director on Star Wars: The Mandalorian.

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Since the series was announced at the 2019 D23 expo, there have been numerous rumors flooding the internet about the long-awaited storyline. These include but are not limited to, the series taking place in two timelines, the addition of a young Luke Skywalker, and the return of former co-star Hayden Christensen (Anakin Skywalker). McGregor’s news of a Spring production start unfortunately debunks one of the latest rumors which suggests that production was going to begin this month.

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But one has to wonder how honest McGregor is being in his comments. Back in October 2019, he admitted that he had lied about the upcoming show due to secrecy reasons. In that same interview, the actor said the following:

“The storyline sits between Episode III and Episode IV… the Jedi Order was falling apart. It will be interesting to take a character we know in a way and show him—Well, his arc will be quite interesting, I think, dealing with that the fact that all the Jedi were slaughtered with the end of Episode III. It’s quite something to get over.” 

While he admitted that it was a relief to now be honest with fans, his decision to trail off with “Who knows?” is slightly suspicious.

With that history in mind, we should take this limitation on the show’s run with a grain of salt until more concrete confirmation comes to light.

Fans have already taken to social media to tell the world what they think of this decision.

@KoshOtamanSirko said, “I find it funny that Disney decided to walk away from a stand-alone Obi-Wan movie to do a series. Then cut down the series into shorter and fewer episodes until it will be movie length. And now it will be a standalone season. So the difference is… more cliffhangers?”

@davycrokett5000 said, “So Ewan McGregor saying the Obi-Wan series is a standalone season pretty much confirms it was supposed to be a movie.”

@ImmortaSoldier said, “Fans wanted an Obi Wan Standalone movie and got a series instead. Yet come people find new reasons to be mad about.”

What do you think of how Disney and Lucasfilm have handled Obi-Wan Kenobi’s extended and highly-anticipated Star Wars story? Let us know in the comments!

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