Monday, April 19, 2021

Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi Cast Announced, Vader Returns

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Disney’s decision to create new Star Wars and Marvel Cinematic Universe stories as episodic streaming shows has paid off so far. The Mandalorian, WandaVision, and now The Falcon and the Winter Soldier are all successes. Many other shows are underway, including Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi, which begins filming in April.

Ewan McGregor is reprising his role as Old Ben, who we last saw Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. The tragic ending of this film of Anakin Skywalker transforming into Darth Vader is the basis of this show, which picks up about 10 years after that event. Hayden Christensen is also reprising his role as Darth Vader, which will hopefully have more lines of dialogue than “Noooo!”

Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi is directed by Deborah Chow, who also filmed two episodes of The Mandalorian. Lucasfilm announced today more of the cast, which is loaded with names you’ll recognize. We can expect to see Moses Ingram, Kumail Nanjiani (a Mass Effect actor and was on an episode of Replay), Joel Edgerton, Simone Kessell, Rupert Friend, Benny Safdie, Sung Kang, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Bonnie Piesse and Indira Varma. You can see the image from the official announcement below:

We don’t have any details on the story just yet, but it’s safe to assume that Obi-Wan will be spending a lot of time on Tatooine, where we see him protecting Luke Skywalker from afar in Star Wars: A New Hope. Some speculation is that Obi-Wan will never leave this planet and that the whole series will take place there, but I would like to think that he will explore the threats that take him out of the world to different places. If this is only on Tatooine, seeing Darth Vader’s return here will be very interesting.

No release date or more details have been given, but there won’t be all the Star Wars spotlight. A third season of The Mandalorian is on its way, and we also have the first seasons of Boba Fett’s book, The bad lot, Ahsoka, Rangers of the New Republic, A story of droids, The Acolyte, The country, and Andor.

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