Obi-Wan was set to return in an all-new Star Wars standalone movie before Disney+ and the lacklustre response to Solo changed the game!
After years of begging, pleading, yearning and praying, the Force finally aligned when Lucasfilm confirmed the spectacular return of Obi-Wan Kenobi for a SIX HOUR Disney+ series. The announcement at Disney’s D23 Expo put many fans out of their misery and sent a tidal wave of euphoria throughout the fanbase.
In the months that followed, Deborah Chow has been confirmed as the series director, with the story set to follow Obi-Wan in the years after the fall of the Jedi Order and the rise of the Empire. But, the project wasn’t always set to be a Disney+ series. For years, rumours have permeated fan chat rooms about the prospect of a Star Wars standalone movie featuring Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan but nothing had ever officially been announced. However, a new report from the actor himself has revealed the truth behind the project. In fact, McGregor goes on to reveal the project had been in the pipeline for far longer than we initially thought and was always intended to be a two-hour feature film.
During his recent interview with ComingSoon, Ewan McGregor said:
“It wasn’t always going to be a series, not initially. When we first started talking about, that wasn’t really in the cards but everything’s changed so much, so quickly. It’s really exciting that it is now. I’m really into the idea to be able to tell the story over several hours instead of just one hit. I think it’s going to be quite cool.”
Although the idea of watching a two-hour big screen Obi-Wan adventure is an enticing prospect, the thought of enjoying up to six hours of character-driven Star Wars awesomeness is far more appealing and McGregor continued to shed light on the long-gestating project. He elaborated further by admitting he’d known about the project for four years and confessed that it was a “f**king massive relief” not having to lie about it anymore.
When asked about the storyline for the series, McGregor refused to go into detail … those pesky NDA’s know no bounds, but he did reveal that “The storyline sits between Episode III and Episode IV… 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. I want to get closer and closer to how Obi-Wan felt while Alec Guinness was playing him. I feel like I’m greyer and nearer him in age, so it’ll be easier to do that,”
In addition to the Obi-Wan Kenobi series, Lucasfilm is also developing a Cassian Andor series starring Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk, but the first live-action Star Wars series on Disney+ will be The Mandalorian, which debuts on November 12th, 2019 in the US and some other territories.
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