A new trailer is here!
Whether you want it to or not, May the Force be with you — as in it’s May 4th, Star Wars Day, whether you like it or not. To celebrate, Disney+ has made the utterly unsurprising but nevertheless wise move of releasing a new trailer for the upcoming mini-series Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi. And unlike the first teaser that came out in March, the new preview shows us Darth Vader (Hayden Christensen).
We only get a couple of glimpses at the iconic villain, but it’s enough to trigger the kind of nostalgia and excitement Disney no doubt wants fans to experience in the lead-up to the series. Most of the trailer takes place either on Tattooine where Obi-Wan watches over the young Luke Skywalker from a distance, or on what may or may not be Coruscant (more on that in a minute) where we see the Jedi trading blaster fire with bounty hunters. Finally, toward the end of the trailer, as Inquisitor Reva (Moses Ingram) yells, “You can’t escape him!” Vader comes into view. You can watch the trailer below.
As you can see in the trailer, all we see of Vader is one of his arms being reattached to his torso, along with his instantly recognizable chest plate. Just like we did in the first trailer, we hear that unforgettable breathing. Presented at the same time as we see Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan open his eyes, it suggests it could be right before yet another epic showdown between the former friends.
We also have our first chance to see Kumail Nanjiani’s (Eternals) Obi-Wan Kenobi character. There’s no confirmation on who Nanjiani is playing yet, but back in February The Direct and others reported on a supposed leak about the role. First came the unconfirmed report that the series will include Obi-Wan leaving Tattooine to save the young Leia, who will be kidnapped and taken to a planet described as “Space Reno,” which may be the planet in the previews that looks like Coruscant. The exiled Jedi, according to the rumor, will be tasked by Leia’s adoptive father Bail Organa to save leia, and Jimmy Smits will supposedly reprise the role. According to the later report, Nanjiani will play a contact that Organa sends to the “Space Reno” planet to help Obi-Wan in his quest.
It may be tempting to point out that in the brief shot we get of Nanjiani, his clothes have at least a passing resemblance to Jedi robes, suggesting he could — like Obi-Wan — be a Jedi in hiding. Of course, this would beg the question of exactly why a Jedi in hiding would be wearing Jedi robes. Kind of goes against the whole “in hiding” thing.
Hopefully we’ll learn a lot more about the series on Friday, May 27th, when the first two episodes premiere on Disney+. Obi-Wan Kenobi was originally scheduled to drop on Wednesday May 25th, but at the end of March, Ewan McGregor starred in a video letting fans know the premiere date was changing and that Disney+ would be streaming two episodes that day rather than just one.