Although the Star Wars sequel trilogy comes to an end in The Rise of Skywalker, there’s still plenty for Star Wars fans to be excited about in the future. The launch of Disney+ means many more stories set in a galaxy far, far away. In addition to the upcoming The Mandalorian, Ewan McGregor is finally spilling the beans about the solo Obi-Wan Kenobi series announced at theD23 Expo back in August.
It’s been a long time since McGregor played Kenobi, but now that the cat’s out of the bag, the actor opened up to Men’s Journal about the Disney+ series — which has apparently been in the works for quite a while. Remember back when McGregor was tired of all the Obi-Wan spinoff questions? Oh, how the times have changed. He described finally being able to discuss the show as a “massive relief” because “for four years, I’ve been having to lie to people about it.”
While details remain scarce at this point, we’ve compiled everything we know so far about the Obi-Wan Kenobi series below, including release date, plot details, cast information and more. Keep checking back to Inverse for more information as updates continue pouring in.
Is there a release date and trailer for the Obi-Wan series?
The series doesn’t have an official release date, trailer, or even a title just yet. Production hasn’t begun, though the actor has said filming will start in the summer of 2020 and that the series will contain six hour-long episodes. We don’t expect to see a trailer until late next year at the earliest.
When does the Obi-Wan series take place?
According to McGregor, the “storyline sits between Episode III and Episode IV.” Well, that’s a 30-year spread. Since the actor hasn’t played Obi-Wan in more than 15 years, will Disney have to de-age him? McGregor was 33 at the time of Revenge of the Sith, and he’s 48 now.
However, McGregor says he’s actually more intrigued to play an older Obi-Wan anyway. “I want to get closer and closer to how Obi-Wan felt while Alec Guinness was playing him. I feel like I’m grayer and nearer him in age, so it’ll be easier to do that,” McGregor told Men’s Journal.
This implies the series might be closer chronologically to Episode IV than Episode III, but speculation is all we’ve got for now.
Who is starring in the Obi-Wan Kenobi series?
So far, McGregor is the only cast member announced. The closer we get to the filming start date, the more information we’ll have. At Disney’s D23 Expo a few months ago, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy mentioned that the series’ scripts have all been written, but expect for her to keep the casting news under wraps for a while longer.
What will the Obi-Wan Kenobi series be about?
We don’t know for sure, but given the timeline of the series, it could very well involve the exploration of Obi-Wan’s mental and emotional state in the wake of his uncertain future and the defeat of Jedi Order.
If you recall, Revenge of the Sith took place in the midst of the Clone Wars and Obi-Wan and Anakin Skywalker were on a mission to rescue then Supreme Chancellor Palpatine. The film ends with Obi-Wan being disappointed in Anakin for turning to the Dark side before delivering Luke to his step-uncle’s home on Tatooine.
McGregor provided some breadcrumbs about Kenobi’s state of mind, but it wasn’t much. “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.”
The limited series has a lot of wiggle room to explore what happened to the Jedi master before we meet him in A New Hope. Beyond that, McGregor made it clear he wasn’t “allowed to tell” anything else about the show.
There is currently no release date for the Obi-Wan Kenobi series. Disney+ will launch November 12.