In 2018, it was reported that an Obi-Wan Kenobi feature film was in the works, but that project was shelved. However, Obi-Wan Kenobi’s character has an immortal hold on Star Wars fans – hence the TV series and its pivot to Disney+. The show was first announced in the summer of 2019,
And while the series reportedly ran into a few hiccups en route to production, with calls for new scripts and shakeups in the writers’ room, it’s now finally on its way to audiences.
Obi-Wan Kenobi: Release Date
Disney+ announced on February 9 that Obi-Wan Kenobi would premiere on Wednesday, May 25—but it has since changed to May 27, 2022! Like all Disney Plus series, it’s expected to roll out one episode per week rather than skip all episodes at once, although the first two episodes will premiere simultaneously on May 27.
Incoming transmission from Obi-Wan Kenobi… pic.twitter.com/Awk8rI3Ayh
— Disney+ (@disneyplus) March 31, 2022
Disney enlisted McGregor to announce on March 31, 2022. “Hello, Star Wars fans! Thank you, Obi-Wan Kenobi, for your incredible support and response,” he said in a clip titled “Transmission from Obi-Wan Kenobi.” “I have some important news: Our premiere date is moving from Wednesday to Friday, May 27, in just a few days. But here’s the exciting part:
The confirmed cast for Obi-Wan Kenobi includes McGregor as the Titanic Jedi, Hayden Christensen as Darth Vader (Anakin Skywalker), Joel Edgerton as Luke Skywalker’s uncle Owen Lars, and Bonnie Pease as Luke Skywalker. Aunt Beru is cast as Lars.
— Rotten Tomatoes (@RottenTomatoes) March 29, 2021
Moses Ingram will star as the villainous Sith Inquisitor Reva. He explained the role to Entertainment Weekly, “Reva is a boss. I mean, like a complete athlete. She is on a mission and will conquer him at all costs when given the opportunity. He’s quite a badass.”
Other cast members have been announced, although their roles have been kept secret. These stars include:
It has also been speculated that a young Luke Skywalker may appear in the series, based on an April 2021 tweet that showed a picture of Owen and Beru Lars’s Tatooine home, where Luke was raised; However, no casting news of a possible Luke has surfaced yet.
Looks like the Lars Homestead my be being built on this set.
If it is the Lars Homestead then it’s safe to assume this set is for Obi Wan Kenobi. pic.twitter.com/vuPzkdUuHQ
— Noah Outlaw (@OutlawNoah) April 18, 2021
McGregor said there would be a big difference between his prior experience as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequel and the upcoming TV series: The CGI wouldn’t be as funny. George Lucas wanted “greater control over what we see in the background” of scenes in the prequel as his reactions from critics and fans became more subdued.
The outlet reports that by the time Revenge of the Sith rolled around, “the physical sets and backdrops had been almost entirely replaced by bluescreen.”
— Obi-Wan Kenobi (@obiwankenobi) May 4, 2022
McGregor admitted, “After three or four months of that, it gets exhausting — especially when there are scenes … I don’t want to be harsh, but it’s not Shakespeare.” “There is nothing to dig into a conversation that can satisfy you when there is no atmosphere. It was complicated to do.”
The Mandalorian and other Star Wars TV projects will instead use a technology called Stagecraft, McGregor revealed, which will make the experience feel more realistic and tangible for actors on set.
“They project virtual backgrounds onto this giant LED screen,” McGregor explained. “So if you are in the desert, you are standing in the middle of the desert.
If you are in the snow, you are surrounded by snow. And if you’re in the cockpit of a starfighter, you’re in space. It’s going to feel a lot more accurate.” Obi-Wan Kenobi: Trailer