Although increasingly credible rumors about Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen returning to the Star Wars franchise had abounded for months leading up to the 2020 Disney Investor Day event last December, Lucasfilm did not officially confirm that the actors would be back in Obi-Wan Kenobi until the studio’s Investor Day presentation.
Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy not only confirmed that McGregor and Christensen would once again play Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and Sith Lord Darth Vader, respectively, but announced that Star Wars fans can look forward to the “rematch of the century”, teasing that a third lightsaber battle between the Jedi and his former Padawan is coming soon.
“Old Ben” Kenobi (Alec Guinness) and Vader, of course, first dueled in George Lucas’s original Star Wars movie, Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977). Then, McGregor’s younger version of the Jedi battled Christensen’s Anakin Skywalker on Mustafar in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005).
Although fans are extremely excited about Deborah Chow’s (The Mandalorian) upcoming special event series, a recently reposted article from ComicBook.com has sparked a great deal of strife about The Walt Disney Company overseeing production in any capacity.
When Bob Iger was still CEO in 2012, Disney purchased Lucasfilm, Ltd. from George Lucas — and subsequently announced the now-divisive sequel trilogy almost immediately. A particular thread on the Star Wars Speculation sub-Reddit is diving deeply into various opinions about Disney’s involvement in the Kenobi series and — no surprise here — Star Wars fans can’t seem to agree.
Darth Binks 1999 is supportive of any power Disney has over the Obi-Wan Kenobi series and trusts the studio to do right by the Star Wars story in the end:
As a life long Disney fan (read: not shill), I have a ton of faith in Disney. But it’s Lucasfilm that’s producing the show. Disney is just the parent company that pays for it. I have tons of faith in Lucasfilm as well. Both Disney and Lucasfilm have a huge track record of great movies and shows. I’m not worried one bit. And neither should you. As for the line in RotJ, there is no scene in RotS where Obi-Wan is trying to turn Anakin back to the good side. And I and others here have already explained how there could be a second encounter between them before the one on the first DS. It doesn’t break continuity and it’s not a retcon. It was not specifically stated that their Mustafar fight was the last time they saw each other. That’s just what we fans have imagined, sometimes based on mis-remembering the line. I’ve seen people mis-quote it as “when last we met, I was but the learner” but also interpreting the conversation to mean the last time they met was on Mustafar.
Another Redditor, Parrire, disagrees and has a lack of faith — pun intended — in Disney’s ability to bring Kenobi’s story into the existing Star Wars canon without egregious fan service:
Right. I’d like to see it too but my issue is continuity with the original story. It annoys me when writers get lazy because they need to “get viewers by giving them what they want” as opposed to someone explaining why something shouldn’t be added. I just hope they do it in a way that preserves the original encounter on the first Death Star. I don’t have a lot of faith in Disney however.
Luke Chickenwalker is concerned that Disney will stray too much from the comic book stories that have been told about Kenobi in the years since the prequel trilogy released:
I don’t wanna be a Debbie downer, but this is the kind of story I hoped they would avoid. Obi-Wan leaving Tatooine and fighting Vader and Inquisitors feels wrong to me. I was hoping for something more like the stories they’ve told in the comics.
BJ the Bard has a firm opinion about fan service and its place in the Star Wars universe:
Thats exactly the problem though, everyone wamts to see the duel because it would be awesome, but it would be purely fanservice. They would have to narrative backflips to explain it and it would still make their separation in ep 3 and reunion in ep 4 less powerful. Even if they execute if flawlessly and it makes total sense somehow, it would still be a blatant shot for fanservice.
At this time, we don’t know precisely what route the Obi-Wan Kenobi series will take, but we do know it will be set on Tatooine approximately 10 years after the events of Revenge of the Sith.
We also know from McGregor himself that Luke Skywalker’s childhood with Aunt Beru (Bonnie Edgerton) and Uncle Owen (Joel Edgerton) on the iconic desert planet is likely to play a role in the show.
What’s your take on Disney being involved with Star Wars series like Obi-Wan Kenobi, Andor, and even Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni’s The Mandalorian?