Last week, various Boston, Masschusetts news outlets began reporting that the upcoming Disney+ Obi-Wan Kenobi limited-run series — last known working title, Pilgirm — would begin filming in the city in January.
As it turns out, these reports were made in error and the show is actually set to film in Boston, United Kingdom — not United States of America.
NME shares these details about what caused the (understandable) confusion in the first place:
Confusion stemmed from an initial posting by the Film & Television Industry Alliance on industry resouce Production List, saying that Star Wars: Kenobi will shoot in London, England and Boston, Massachusetts on January 4, 2021. It has now been altered to Boston, UK.
It does, however, appear that filming of the Deborah Chow Star Wars show has truly been moved up two months to January 2021 — previously, Ewan McGregor said production was set to begin in March of next year.
The amusing turn of events has sparked a number of memes, including one post from Stephen Colbert, which features a comical video of fake opening credits. Colbert wrote:
Kenobi is filming in Boston next month. We have an exclusive preview of the opening credits. #StarWars
— A Late Show (@colbertlateshow) December 5, 2020
Twitter user Andrew Siciliano made sure Patriots coach Bill Belichick wasn’t left out of the fun, sharing a photo of the NFL coach with his ever-present hooded jacket — which often earns him comparisons to Emperor Palpatine — and the Palpatine quote:
“Oh, I’m Afraid The Deflector Shield Will Be Quite Operational When Your Friends Arrive!”
— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) December 4, 2020
Other social media users hilariously merged Boston culture with a galaxy far, far away, with Tom Brennan posting:
Star Wars: Kenobi is about how Ben goes back home to Southie to convince his cousin Shawn not to get into “that life”
Star Wars: Kenobi is about how Ben goes back home to Southie to convince his cousin Shawn not to get into “that life” https://t.co/RfsRAkFvcY
— Tom Brennan (@Brennanator) December 4, 2020
Regardless of the confusion, we all seem to have gotten a good laugh out of this ultimately harmless mix-up. As far as official details about Kenobi go, we know very little.
The following synopsis has been released and we know that live-action Aladdin (2019) actress Naomi Scott is in the running to be McGregor’s co-star:
Tatooine-a harsh desert world where farmers toil in the heat of two suns while trying to protect themselves and their loved ones from the marauding Tusken Raiders. A backwater planet on the edge of civilized space. And an unlikely place to find a Jedi Master in hiding, or an orphaned infant boy [Luke Skywalker] on whose tiny shoulders rests the future of a galaxy.
Tell us your thoughts about this wicked funny mix-up.