Star Wars rumors: Obi-Wan Kenobi series casting four new characters

Ewan McGregorin Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith© Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.
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There are new Star Wars casting rumors out about the Obi-Wan Kenobi series coming to Disney+.

Filming for the Obi-Wan Kenobi series coming to the Disney+ streaming service should be underway early in the new year, and that means casting is underway for the series. Luckily, we know our lead will be returner Ewan McGregor, coming back to reprise the role he first assumed in the prequel movies.

And now, the Illuminerdi is reporting a new casting rumor that includes details of four new characters set to be in the series. Three out of the four characters will be women, and for all the women, the casting directors are apparently looking to cast someone who is Black, indigenous or a person of color (BIPOC). Here’s what the Illuminerdi has pulled about the casting:

"Riley (aka Eve) Female (20-25) CO-LEAD – A female BIPOC whose character details are being kept under wrapsTia Female (30s) SUPPORTING – BIPOCHarold Male (Late 20s-30s) SUPPORTING – A quirky, comedic maleBella Female (40s) SUPPORTING – Latinx"

It’s interesting to see that the very first character is set to be the co-lead of the series. By that, we could see Kenobi partnering up with the person called Riley quite often. We’re not sure if she herself will be a Jedi (especially considering if the series takes place after Episode III), but we’re sure this will be a person who can keep up with Obi-Wan, whether she’s a friend or foe.

The other characters all seem to be a toss-up as there are no other details listed about these people besides their age, gender, and ethnic background. If it’s anything like The Mandalorian at least, these four people can become recurring characters, something along the lines of Greef Karga, Cara Dune and Moff Gideon. Kuiil and IG-11 would fit into this category as well, even if they were only around for season 1. But in the long run, that may not matter anyway, seeing as the Obi-Wan series is set to just be a standalone series (so far.)

In addition to the casting call, the Illuminerdi also reported that three actresses have gotten callbacks for the role of Riley in the series. Those include Naomi ScottThuso Mbedu, and Anula Navlekar. Actress Naomi Scott has become something of a household name because of her leading roles in the Aladdin live-action remake as Princess Jasmine and in the 2019 Charlie’s Angelmovie. The other two actresses would be getting their big breaks if they were to be cast in this series. And what better way to make a name for yourself than being cast in Star Wars?

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Overall, things are certainly heating up as we make way for the next live-action Star Wars series. And we could expect to see Obi-Wan hit Disney+ sometime in 2022.