Reports made the rounds last week (thanks to a Collider exclusive) that Kenobi has been put on hold because Obi-Wan producer and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy was not happy with the scripts.
However, those reports were quickly discredited by Obi-Wan himself, Ewan McGregor, as he stated:
“It’s not been put on hold, it’s just been pushed back a little bit. The scripts are excellent and they just want them to be better,” he told the Associated Press. “So we just pushed it back, but it’s not — it very dramatic, it would seem, online, there’s all kinds of s— online about it, but it’s only just slid back a bit. We’re still shooting it, I think it will still be aired when it was meant to be and I’m really excited about it. It’ll be fun to play again.”
To add some light to this issue, here is everything we know about the show so far:
What We Know
There hasn’t been a trailer yet, or even a name drop, but there have been hints, teases, and a little confirmation, which is just enough to get our force going. Ewan McGregor has stated that it most likely will be called “Kenobi: A Star Wars Story.”
It is also set to star Joel Edgerton who portrays Owen Lars. Another rumor on the cast is possibly Jar Jar Binks–this time, sporting a beard. The fantastic Deborah Chow will be leading the show directing, and co-writing the episodes. If you’re a Mandalorian fan, that name might ring a bell because she directed two of the best episodes of the show, Chapters Three and Seven.
Before A New Hope
Lastly, the one thing we know that gets me the most excited is the series will take place eight years after Revenge Of The Sith, a time period where we don’t know much about what happened in that galaxy far, far away.
On screen, we were only shown Rogue One, which showed us some insight into that dark period, but this will be the first time besides books and comics this time period will be explored.
At first, it was speculated Kenobi would debut with six episodes, but after the rewrite rumors, we may be only be getting four. On the good side, Ewan also said the release date of the show will be sometime in 2021.
What we know about Kenobi’s character is he will be more of a grey Jedi similar to how he was in A New Hope. He will also be PTSD-stricken because of the events of Episode 5. Ewan McGregor had this to say…
“The last time we saw him in the role, the Jedi Order was falling apart. It will be interesting to take a character we know in a way and show him—Well, his arc will be quite interesting, I think, dealing with that the fact that all the Jedi were slaughtered with the end of Episode III. It’s quite something to get over.”
Then offers this insight:
“I want to get closer and closer to how Obi-Wan felt while Alec Guinness was playing him. I feel like I’m grayer and nearer him in age, so it’ll be easier to do that.”
We are going to get an insight into Obi-Wan Kenobi like we haven’t seen before–a deep dive into his character to learn his feelings and see more of his emotions. We saw Kenobi leave his friend for death in the depths of Mustufar. The last time we saw him, Obi-Wan was an old grey version roaming Tatooine and facing his friend once again.
We know major weight and sympathy is on him at this point, so to see what he is feeling will be amazing and sad for Star Wars fans.
What We Want To See?
Maul v. Kenobi: Round II
I’m sure one thing all Star Wars fans would love to see is the iconic rematch between Kenobi and Darth Maul one more time.
We know in the Star Wars universe falling to your death usually doesn’t equate to death. In Star Wars: Rebels, we saw Maul was able to track down Kenobi on Tatooine and tried to seek revenge. It is safe to say Maul is a top foe of Kenobi’s, so we should see him in some shape or form, whether it be a minor cameo like in Solo or a major story arc.
Whether we see Hayden Christensen dawn the mantle of the chosen one again is unknown, but I have a gut feeling we will be hearing the ominous Vader breathing once again.
Anakin played a major role in Kenobi’s life from Obi-Wan picking him up on Tatooine with Qui-Gon Jinn, to being Anakin’s master and teaching him everything he knows about the Force. It would be amazing to see these former best friends come face-to-face again, even if it’s just in his dreams of that awful night on Mustufar relieving the fight once again.
With the new force power we saw introduced in The Last Jedi and The Rise Of Skywalker between Rey and Kylo, we could see these two using it in the series. They shared a brotherly bond, so to see Kenobi and Vader in each other’s heads would be amazing to play out in this series.
Old Mentors Meet Again
We could see the Force Ghost of Master Qui-Gon Jinn come and help with guidance, and help Kenobi through these tough times. Also, Liam Neeson’s stay was short in the Star Wars universe so we just want to see him once again. This also opens up the possibility for Obi-Wan Kenobi to meet up again with Yoda, who also went into exile on Daghoba.
At the end of Episode III, Yoda was telling Kenobi that he needs to master the Force and continue his training. Don’t you see another “Rocky Balboa” style training montage–this time between Yoda and Kenobi would be every fans dream come true.
It’s safe to say that someone from Kenobi’s past will help guide him, so why not make it Qui-Gon and Yoda?
Anything else you expect or want to see? Let us know.