As Obi-Wan Kenobi once said, with great power comes great responsibility. In this particular case, Ewan McGregor has the great power that comes with being one of Star Wars’ most beloved figures. He thus has the responsibility of telling everyone that they are going to have to wait a bit longer to see one of the most anticipated pieces of Star Wars content in years. Namely, McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi limited series has been bumped two whole days, so rather than premiering on Wednesday, May 25, it will now be streaming Friday, May 27. Being the benevolent and understanding goliath megacorporation that they are, Disney has also decided to begin the show by dropping two episodes, rather than one. Here’s Ewan McGregor’s whole video on the matter:
It seems to be falling on the stars of a particular project to inform the public of delays in production these days, and it is not the worst PR move ever. After all, if it turns out that you have to wait yet more months to finally see Black Adam punch out Pierce Brosnan as Doctor Fate, wouldn’t you rather hear it from the ever-positive mouth of Dwayne Johnson rather than some Warner Bros executive? And in this case, Ewan McGregor does a good job of presenting bad news, though in the grand scheme of things, a two-day delay to the Obi-Wan Kenobi series is not that big of a deal. After all, Star Wars fans had to wait nearly 16 years after Return of the Jedi just to get The Phantom Menace, so it’s not like they don’t have practice.
Ewan McGregor did not actually give a reason for the delay in the posted video, but it could be any number of reasons. In the last several years, the still-ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has caused production delays in nearly every motion picture released, with even major films like Matt Reeves’ The Batman ending up in theaters nearly a full year after the originally released date. Of course, it could be run-of-the-mill production problems like someone spilled coffee over a computer and completely wiped out all the CGI or that another child-size Luke Skywalker needed to be replaced, but at the end of the day: it’s just two more days of waiting.
Obi-Wan Kenobi is the latest in Disney’s pivot to releasing Star Wars content via streaming series on their platform Disney+, rather than traditional feature-length films. The success of The Mandalorian paved the way for the comparatively less-acclaimed The Book of Boba Fett and the upcoming Ahsoka. A prequel series starring Diego Luna’s character from Rogue One, Andor, is also in production, as well as a mysterious show called Acolyte which has been described as being set hundreds of years before the current time period of the franchise. Ewan McGregor has long been one of the most beloved actors to emerge from the prequel series, and Obi-Wan Kenobi has been basically setting the Internet on fire with trailers and dropping hints about Hayden Christensen’s role as Darth Vader. So two days isn’t that much to wait, from a certain point of view.