The Walt Disney Company and Lucasfilm have revealed the full cast and production details for OBI-WAN KENOBI: An Original Series.
According to a press release from Disney:
“Obi-Wan Kenobi,” the new Disney+ special event series starring Ewan McGregor as the iconic Jedi Master, will begin shooting in April. The story begins 10 years after the dramatic events of “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith” where Kenobi faced his greatest defeat, the downfall and corruption of his best friend and Jedi apprentice, Anakin Skywalker turned evil Sith Lord Darth Vader.
“Obi-Wan Kenobi” is directed by Deborah Chow, director of two critically acclaimed episodes of “The Mandalorian,” Season 1.
The series also marks the return of Hayden Christensen in the role of 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.
“Obi-Wan Kenobi” is executive-produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Deborah Chow, Ewan McGregor and writer Joby Harold. The casting director is Carmen Cuba.
“Obi-Wan Kenobi”will be available exclusively on Disney+.
In addition to Ewan McGregor’s Jedi Master Kenobi and Hayden Christensen’s Darth Vader, Bonnie Piesse and Joel Edgerton will be reprising their prequel trilogy roles as Luke Skywalker’s Aunt Beru and Uncle Owen Lars.
There have been reports of a flashback appearance featuring Obi-Wan’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars love interest, Duchess Satine Kryze, but none of the actors listed on this cast list appear to be playing her. Satine’s sister, Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff) made her live-action debut in The Mandalorian Season 2, so it would not be surprising to see the character, who died at the hands of Maul.
There have also been rumors that Jar Jar Binks (Ahmed Best) and Darth Maul (Ray Park) will reprise their prequel trilogy roles, making cameo appearances in the Obi-Wan Kenobi series. Best, however, has since confirmed that Jar Jar Binks will not be in this particular series.
These two cameos, of course, were not confirmed in this cast list, but if Chow learned anything from Mandalorian creator Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni, it’s how to keep a secret — Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker cameo was kept under wraps for over a year!
While full plot details about the upcoming Star Wars show are not known, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy has promised fans the “rematch of the century,” indicating that Kenobi and Darth Vader are likely to have another epic lightsaber battle at some point during the limited series.
The first battle, of course, occurred in between the Dark Lord and old Obi-Wan Ben Kenobi (Alec Guinness) in George Lucas’s first Star Wars movie, Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977).
The second time the duo battled was on Mustafar in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005). This was immediately prior to Anakin Skywalker’s full descent to the dark side and Jedi Knight Kenobi’s subsequent Tatooine exile — it will, undoubtedly, be in the forefront of everyone’s minds in the OBI-WAN KENOBI series.
OBI-WAN KENOBI: An Original Series is one of at least 11 Star Wars series coming to Disney+ in the next several years as the Star Wars universe continues to expand.
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This story has been updated since it was originally published.