When Obi-Wan Kenobi hits Disney+ Star Wars fans will be treated to one of the most interesting pieces of the franchise’s timeline which has gone largely untouched in this universe. The show will follow the titular character in the timeline after he ferries Luke Skywalker to safety on Tatooine and works to keep him safe from the Galactic Empire, or more importantly, Darth Vader. Ewan McGregor will reprise the role he played in the prequel trilogy and will have to battle issues on a number of different fronts. One of them might be within Luke’s own family with Joel Edgerton playing Uncle Owen Lars who’s now tasked with raising the young Jedi.
A scene was just released in anticipation of Obi-Wan Kenobi hitting the streamer this Friday and shows that Ewan McGregor and Joel Edgerton might be at significant odds in this series. It’s just a short discussion between the two, but it says quite a bit about the relationship and how each character views the task of raising Luke. While on the one hand there’s a certain safety element to the venture, wanting to raise him “normal” and out of sight of evil forces, there’s also the idea that he might have those Jedi powers, and some training could be in store. Check out Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan and Joel Edgerton as Owen disagreeing on the best course of action.
Clearly, this series will deal with the relationship between Ewan McGregor and Joel Edgerton, at least in some respect, seeing as how each character views themselves as the main driver in keeping Luke Skywalker safe. That is one storyline at the core of the Star Wars universe. Remember, when we first met Mark Hamill’s Luke at the beginning of New Hope, he’s a dreamer living on the farm but still dreaming of the galaxy. And we know that he’s aware of “Ben” living somewhere on Tatooine. From this perspective, we sort of know how this conversation between the two turned out, at least for the formative years.
We’ll get to see Ewan McGregor reprise the Obi-Wan Kenobi role when the series premieres on Disney+ with its first two episodes on May 27th. In addition to McGregor coming back and Edgerton taking on the Owen role, a number of other notables are involved with the series. Bonnie Piesse will play Aunt Beru and Kumail Nanjiani is on for what looks like a more comedic role as a grifter.
Plus, there are the forces of the Galactic Empire. For starters, Hayden Christensen will be back playing Darth Vader, and we’ll see him for the first time since the events of Revenge of the Sith. Rupert Friend is playing the Grand Inquisitor while Moses Ingram and Indira Varma are on as forces of evil as well. In this respect, Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan has his work cut out for him, having to battle forces on a number of different fronts before it’s all said and done. It should be a wild ride and a welcome story for all Star Wars fans.