The timing feels just right for this comeback, too, as fans have long grown to appreciate his charming take on the old Jedi Knight during the prequels era. Of course, no one could match the legendary performance from Sir Alec Guinness in A New Hope. But McGregor made the role his own, and it’s no wonder he’s become a fan favorite ever since.
His last on-screen appearance in the Star Wars franchise came in 2005 with Episode III: Revenge of the Sith — where he and co-star Hayden Christensen set the dynamic for Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker’s relationship for the rest of Star Wars history. Following that, in Episode IV, we find that the two are long-estranged, with Vader running the Empire next to Palpatine, and Obi-Wan lying low on Tatooine. And by the end of the movie, Obi-Wan becomes one with the Force after his duel against Vader. So, knowing that, when does the Obi-Wan series take place?
Where does the Obi-Wan Kenobi series fit on the Star Wars timeline?
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Lucasfilm has been very clear about when the Obi-Wan series takes place. The series will happen between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. And, more specifically, the series takes place 10 years after Revenge of the Sith.
This gives us so much to work with, but at the same time, so little as well. We know that this means we’re about halfway through the Empire’s lifespan, and we’ll get to see more of what it’s like under the Empire’s ruling.
This also means that Luke Skywalker will be a young boy at just 10 years old, as well as his sister Leia. And with Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru returning, we just may get to see Obi-Wan interacting with Luke in his childhood.
Other than that, the new canon hasn’t provided much information on screen about what Obi-Wan Kenobi was up to while he was lying low. So his adventures as Ben Kenobi should be quite exciting. And if it’s anything like its TV predecessor, The Mandalorian, then we should be in for an awesome series.