The Force is strong with this one.
After years of speculation from Star Wars fans across the galaxy, it was finally confirmed by Obi-Wan Kenobi himself (with all due respect to the one and only Obi-Wan, Sir Alec Guinness) Ewan McGregor that the long anticipated television series spinoff featuring everyone’s favorite light sabre wielder/Jedi Master is headed for a projected March filming date.
Per those magnificent British scalliwags over at the Daily Mail and the English dandies on The Graham Norton Show, we can sorta-kinda (but not really) exclusively report to you that respected actor Ewan McGregor is all set to reprise his interpretation of the iconic Obi-Wan Kenobi – just Ben to his friends, by the way – from Episodes 1-3 of the Star Wars prequels.
Quizzed by Norton through the miracle invention of video-link – accept no substitutes, Dear Readers – McGregor singlehandedly upped the stock quota on Star Wars underoos the world over by confirming the impending reality of the television show, saying that “It’s the Obi-Wan Kenobi story, I suppose. It’s not all me, but it certainly will be a lot of me, which is good.”
The thespian from such films as Shallow Grave, Trainspotting and Christopher Robin reprised the role of Kenobi in voice only in the first and concluding chapter of the latest Star Wars Trilogy, The Force Awakens and The Rise of Skywalker and has long voiced his support for an ongoing vehicle which would chronicle the adventures of the iconic character leading up to the original Star Wars film (or Episode IV, if that’s more your mileage). That support has borne fruit and the new series will tentatively begin shooting “in March next year,” revealed McGregor.
The confirmation that the Star Wars Kenobi series is on the way is a relief to fans who were understandably discouraged back in January of this year when the news broke that the show had been indefinitely shut down after the departure of writer Hossein Amini. This last minute pulling of the plug by Disney forced the show’s crew to abandon all progress that had been made, with the specter of an unhappy LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy very much felt by everyone involved on the project; Kennedy had reportedly been no big fan of the scripts being handed in for the new show. Flash forward to April 2020 and a new writer that brought fresh life to Kenobi, Joby Harold. But gain, the timing was off and production was temporarily delayed yet again due to a potent cocktail of COVID-19 and script re-writes.
With the party set to start again, Star Wars fans are holding their breath for what they – and Disney – are hoping will capture the magic of the recent Star Wars TV series phenom The Mandalorian.
The new series is set to premiere on the new Disney Plus streaming platform and Mandalorian director Deborah Chow is set to take the directing reins for the still untitled Kenobi show.
We’ll keep our eyes peeled on this series for any updates and, to paraphrase the words of a wise man, “May the Force be with them…”