An Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars Disney+ series is announced to be in development, which I believe is a better move than making it a movie.
On Friday, at the D23 Expo, it was officially announced Ewan McGregor would be returning to the Galaxy Far, Far Away to reprise his role as young Obi-Wan Kenobi for a Star Wars Disney+ series, which is expected to begin shooting in 2020.
This announcement has been rumored for weeks, it wasn’t until McGregor walked out on stage to a roaring crowd that it became official.
No launch date for the series has been announced, but LucasFilm President Kathleen Kennedy stated at D23 that “the scripts are written, and we begin shooting next year.
Despite what your opinion is of the prequel trilogy, most Star Wars fans are in agreement that McGregor’s portrayal of a young Obi-Wan as one of the highlights of the films, and many have been clamoring for him to reprise the role in a spin-off for years.
He did have a small voice cameo in The Force Awakens during Rey’s force vision, but he has yet to appear in a Star Wars film in any major capacity since Revenge of the Sith in 2005.
Many fans were hoping for McGregor to return as Obi-Wan in a standalone movie, but I would argue that a Disney+ series might be better.
Right off the bat, since its a series, we know that this means that it will consist of a larger total run time. If it were a movie, then it would cap out at around two to two and a half hours of run time, but as a series, it could be much larger.
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For example, if the season consisted of six episodes running one hour each, then we would get six hours of run time for this Obi-Wan series, so fans would end up seeing more of our favorite Jedi master than we would in a movie.
In addition, more run time means we get more time for character and plot development.
This Disney+ series is expected to take place between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, with Kenobi in exile on Tattooine watching over a young Luke Skywalker, so we’d get to see more of what Kenobi’s life is like and how he is as a person following Order 66, in addition to what the shows conflict will be.
If this were all in a condensed movie, all of this information could feel rushed, but the extra time that a series provide could alleviate that.
All in all, I’m very happy to hear that Ewan McGregor is returning to the franchise to play Obi-Wan and I cannot wait to see what Disney has in store for the Jedi Master.
Personally, I feel this was one of the biggest moves that Disney could have done to win back the support of many of the Star Wars fans who feel they have been alienated over the past few years.
If nothing else, we should still get some pretty great new memes out of it.
The Kenobi Disney+ Series is set to begin filming in 2020.