When Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy announced the list of upcoming projects in December 2020, Star Wars fans rejoiced at the slew of new entertainment headed their way over the next few years.
But, a year before news of things like Ahsoka, Andor, and Star Wars: Visions hit the headlines, Obi-Wan Kenobi was announced at the D23 Expo with Ewan McGregor set to return as the iconic Jedi Knight. Now, two years later, fans may have just got their first idea of when the series may debut on Disney+.
McGregor’s return to the role after over 15 years is a huge moment in Star Wars history. First appearing as the Jedi Padawan to Liam Neeson’s Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi was a leading character in George Lucas’ prequel trilogy that began in 1999 with Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace. The Jedi Master then became a major character in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
The character, of course, was originated by Alec Guinness in his Oscar-nominated role in Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope (1977). Obi-Wan Kenobi famously began Luke Skywalker’s Jedi training before succumbing to the lightsaber of Darth Vader (Dave Prowse/James Earl Jones), or his own old Padawan learner, Anakin Skywalker.
Vader will also appear in Obi-Wan Kenobi with the prequel’s Hayden Christensen back as the iconic pop-culture villain. Christensen has kept pretty quiet about his Star Wars return, although leaked images have surfaced of the actor as Darth Vader. The rest of the cast is pretty stacked too with Joel Edgerton and Bonnie Piesse returning as Owen and Beru Lars, respectively. Moses Ingram, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell, Benny Safdie, and Maya Erskine will also star in the new mini-event series on the Disney streamer.
Events will take place 10 years after the tragic conclusion of Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith (2005) with Deborah Chow — who directed “Chapter 3: The Sin” and “Chapter 7: The Reckoning” of The Mandalorian — serving as director for the project written by Joby Harold. The Kenobi series promises to leave Tatooine but the desert planet will likely feature heavily in the new prequel series.
Filming wrapped in August and now, thanks to one rumor, Star Wars fans have a possible month that Obi-Wan Kenobi might release.
When is Obi-Wan Kenobi released?
According to this report from Cinelinx, Obi-Wan Kenobi‘s time in the galaxy far, far away will come in May 2022.
Twitter’s glitching….y’all might not be able to see this…. *looks around* I’ve heard a lot of stuff to make me believe #Kenobi is dropping…
Twitter's glitching….y'all might not be able to see this….
— Jordan Maison (@JordanMaison) October 4, 2021
The tweet then includes an image with the text “It’s Gonna Be May”. While this is by no means a certainty — Lucasfilm nor The Walt Disney Company has officially confirmed a release date — it does make sense in the fact that May is colloquially known as a key Star Wars month for the calendar, what with Star Wars Day (May 4) and all. A huge new release for Star Wars, and a headlining show like Obi-Wan Kenobi, would be perfect for Lucasfilm’s strategy. This year saw the popular animated series, Star Wars: The Bad Batch, debut with a feature-length episode on Star Wars Day so it could be a trend that the studio hopes to continue.
Obi-Wan Kenobi won’t be the only new Star Wars story coming from Lucasfilm in the near future. Star Wars fans can expect to see Andor and The Bad Batch Season 2 coming by next year. The Book of Boba Fett‘s release date has recently been revealed and will debut in December. Projects like Rosario Dawson’s Ahsoka Tano series have a chance at releasing into the Star Wars galaxy next year too although that has not been confirmed just yet. As for The Mandalorian Season 3, the popular series featuring Pedro Pascal has recently entered production but a 2023 release is likely.
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