“Obi-Wan Kenobi” First Look Reveals Ewan McGregor’s Jedi Master & His Blue Lightsaber
It’s been 17-years since we last saw Ewan McGregor as Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, but the wait is finally over. Entertainment Weekly has revealed the first look at McGregor on their upcoming digital cover, which marks the 41st cover that EW has devoted to Star Wars in the past 32-years, with McGregor featuring in six of those. In the image, Obi-Wan is looking mighty serious as he holds his iconic blue lightsaber—the man has seen some things. EW also has the first episodic images, which include Joel Edgerton as Uncle Owen, and a peek at the new villain, an Inquisitor called Reva, played by The Queen’s Gambit rising star Moses Ingram.
“We find Obi-Wan at the beginning of our story rather broken, and faithless, and beaten, somewhat given up,” McGregor tells EW. In one of the images, we see Ingram’s Reva, clad entirely in black, while the caption informs us she’s a “force-sensitive Inquisitor” who director Deborah Chow and writer Joby Harold describe as “ruthlessly ambitious.” You can check out the images here.
McGregor first played Obi-Wan 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, who joins McGregor, Edgerton, 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’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.
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Featured image: Ewan McGregor in “Obi-Wan Kenobi.” Courtesy Disney+.