“It’s not really as dramatic as it might seem,” says Ewan Mcgregor
The recent crop of Star Wars projects emerging from the Lucasfilm production line has had mixed experiences on their journey to the screen. Both Rogue One and Solo encountered a succession of issues during production and now similar issues are making the transition to Disney Plus.
Late last night, rumours emerged from Tinseltown suggesting that hotly-anticipated Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney+ series starring Ewan Mcgregor had been delayed indefinitely. It was just last week that word spread across the internet suggesting that the show has been cancelled – only to be rejected out of hand by Lucasfilm. However, this latest rumour appears to have some truth to it.
Variety broke the story that the show had been placed on hold whilst the search begins for a new writer following the departure of the current scribe Hossein Amini. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy is reportedly unsatisfied with the quality of the screenplay prompting rumours that the series is to be reconfigured from six-episodes to four-episodes. But this reduction is yet to be confirmed by any official source.
However, whilst attending a fan event promoting the upcoming DC blockbuster Birds Of Prey, Ewan Mcgregor offered an update on the delay and what it could mean for the series. Whilst speaking to Variety McGregor confirmed the delay but maintained that the show will still be ready in time for its original release date.
“I think we start shooting early next year as opposed to summer this year. I think the scripts are great. They’re in really good shape. They want them to be better. I think we keep our same airdate. All good.” The Star Wars veteran continued “I didn’t realize until we got here tonight and everybody is going, ‘Oh, my god!’” McGregor said. “But it’s not really as dramatic as it might seem.”
Trust Obi-Wan Kenobi to be the calming voice in a crisis. Thankfully, this delay appears to be confined to the proposed shooting schedule and not to the overall release meaning Obi-Wan Kenobi will still be taking us back to the Dune Sea in 2021. Thank the Force.
Check back for the latest updates as they emerge.
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