News from the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series has been relatively scarce, but now images are flying around the web showing Ewan McGregor’s Jedi Master with lightsaber drawn, ready to take the high ground. Concept art from the series leaked today and it shows a lot more than costume or technology designs. Instead it cuts right to what probably every Star Wars fan is dying to see — the rematch between Obi-Wan and Hayden Christensen’s Darth Vader.
Earlier today an Obi-Wan Kenobi sizzle reel leaked online, including lots of concept art and interview clips with series star Ewan McGregor. Disney has been thorough when it comes to purging the web of the leaked reel, but not before plenty of screenshots got out, including the concept art that shows Obi-Wan locking horns with the cybernetic Sith Lord who was once his padawan. You can see examples of the screenshots below.
Judging by the concept art, Vader will not only be getting a rematch with Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan, but the battle appears to take place near the same ground where Kenobi crippled Vader years before — Mustafar. The environment of the combat seems to be as fiery as the lava-drenched planet from Revenge of the Sith. Of course, the galaxy of Star Wars is a big place, and it’s doubtful Mustafar is the only planet with lava, but where else would you set a rematch between these old foes?
Interestingly, the fire in one of the concept shots looks less like the lava from Musatfar and more like explosions. You can see what appears to be machinery and man-made structures in the scene, including the metal catwalk upon which Ewan McGregor’s Jedi and Christensen’s Sith are fighting. It’s possible this could be the interior of Vader’s fortress on Mustafar.
It will be interesting to see exactly how the meeting between these two is handled, especially since Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi will act as a prequel to the original Star Wars trilogy. There’s nothing in A New Hope to suggest Kenobi and his old padawan couldn’t have encountered each other in the years between the prequels and the original trilogy. However, considering Kenobi’s reason for being on Tattooine — to safeguard the young Luke Skywalker — there are unavoidable questions about the two clashing. Chief among them: What could possibly be so important that it takes Kenobi away from Tattooine?
We may get more hints — or perhaps even some solid answers — very soon. As reported by ComicBook, there are rumors that Disney plans to usher in tomorrow’s Disney+ Day — Friday, Novmeber 12 — with the first Obi-Wan Kenobi trailer. So it’s possible we’ll get to see more than concept art of the Jedi Master crossing lightsabers with Vader, but Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen in the flesh.
So far, there’s no firm release date announced for Obi-Wan Kenobi, beyond the series being expected sometime in 2022. The good news is that at the very least Ewan McGregor has confirmed filming wrapped on the series in September. So now we just need some special effects wizardry and some editing, and we’ll once again get to see the legendary Jedi back in action.