“Obi-Wan Kenobi” Series Reveals Poster, Cast & Release Date
At long last, we have an official release date and supporting cast for Disney+’s long-awaited Obi-Wan Kenobi series. Ewan McGregor is reprising his role of the venerable Jedi Master on May 25, bringing along a host of great co-stars. McGregor first played Obi-Wan Kenobi way back in 1999 in the first of George Lucas’s prequel trilogy Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.
Obi-Wan Kenobi is set 10 years after the events of 2005’s Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, where we saw McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi have to brutally dispatch his protégé, Annakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) after the latter slipped over to the Dark Slide and slaughtered a slew of young Padawans in the process. The series will see the return of Christensen in the role of Darth Vader, joining a bunch of excellent performers like Joel Edgerton, Moses Ingram, Kumail Nanjiani, Bonnie Piesse, Indira Varma, O’Shea Jackson, Rupert Friend, Sung Kang, Simone Kessell, and actor/director Benny Safdie.
The series comes from director/producer Deborah Chow and will be the next addition to Disney+’s growing slate of Star Wars content. Their current Star Wars series, The Book of Boba Fett (itself a spinoff from The Mandalorian) just wrapped its final episode. Then there’s Andor, starring Diego Luna as the heoric pilot from Rogue One, due out later this year. Further down the road is the Rosario Dawson-led Ahsoka, which is currently casting.
It’ll be great to see McGregor back in the role that catapulted him to stardom, one he handled with aplomb despite having the rather massive shoes of Alec Guinness to fill. It’s worth noting that Obi-Wan Kenobi‘s release date of May 25, 2022, is exactly 45-years to the day after the original Star Wars hit theaters on May 25, 1977.
Here’s the official synopsis from Disney+:
The story begins 10 years after the dramatic events of “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith” where Obi-Wan Kenobi faced his greatest defeat—the downfall and corruption of his best friend and Jedi apprentice, Anakin Skywalker, who turned to the dark side as evil Sith Lord Darth Vader.
The series also marks the return of Hayden Christensen in the role of Darth Vader. Joining the cast are Moses Ingram, Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell, and Benny Safdie.
“Obi-Wan Kenobi” is executive-produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Deborah Chow, Ewan McGregor and Joby Harold.
For more on Disney+’s growing Star Wars slate, check out these stories:
Featured image: Ewan McGregor in “Obi-Wan Kenobi.” Courtesy Disney+.