Production for the Disney+ and Ewan McGregor’s new Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi series is underway and the new Tatooine is coming to life.
Set photos have been shared by Bespin Bulletin showing, albeit a bit blurry, the Tatooine set as it is coming together. Bespin was also to include in his Instagram posting a couple of pics from StarWarsTime.net. You can see all the photos from the Ewan McGregor series below.
As you can see, there isn’t much to glean from the posted pictures other than the set is coming together nicely. While much of the set is either hidden or hard to see, the fact that Disney and Lucasfilm have begun set building is wonderful news. An Obi-Wan Kenobi series with Ewan McGregor had been talked about for some time, but series planning went dark for an extended amount of time due to creative differences and indecisions.
The Ewan McGregor series was first put together as a feature film that was to be directed by Stephen Daldry and penned by Hossein Amini. But with the financial failure of Solo: A Star Wars Story, Disney and Lucasfilm decided a feature wouldn’t be their best play. So, Amini reworked his script into a series.
Not long after, Deborah Chow was brought on to direct the Ewan McGregor series as Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy was very impressed with her work on the Disney+ hit series The Mandalorian. Then the big news came when it was announced that Hayden Christensen would be reprising his role as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader.
With the Ewan McGregor series in flux, Lucasfilm decided to bring in writer Joby Harold to retool what Amini had started. They weren’t too happy with the direction of the series, so shutting down production was necessary to allow Harold some time to rework the narrative. Even with all the reworking and delays, Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi remains one of Lucasfilm’s most anticipated series.
Along with Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen reprising their roles, back on Tatooine will be Joel Edgerton and Bonnie Piesse as Owen Lars and Beru Lars, who were tasked by Obi-Wan in the prequel trilogy to care for young Luke Skywalker. Also joining the cast is Moses Ingram (The Queen’s Gambit), Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley, Bless the Harts), Indira Varma (Game of Thrones), Rupert Friend (Hitman: Agent 47, Homeland), O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Straight Outta Compton), Sung Kang (F9), and Simone Kessell (Reckoning). Benny Safdie, who made a name for himself directing Adam Sandler in Uncut Gems, will also star in the series.
While not much is known about the actual plot of Obi-Wan Kenobi, what is known is that the series timeframe takes place 10-years after Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. In that movie, Obi-Wan was forced to face down his former padawan Anakin, who had embraced the Dark Side. Sith ended when Obi-Wan took newborn twins Luke and Leia into hiding.
With Edgerton and Piesse back, expect a lot of time on the Lars Homestead. Though there has been no word that a young Luke Skywalker will appear, don’t count out that possibility. Ewan McGregor and everyone else involved are being terribly tight-lipped about a possible Luke appearance.
There is no set premiere date on Disney+ at the moment, but this is understandable given the fact that sets are just being constructed. Filming is expected to begin soon, so look for an early-to-mid 2022 premiere timeframe.
With all the hoopla surrounding Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi, let’s not forget there is a slew of Star Wars series on the horizon that includes Star Wars: Bad Batch, Star Wars: Ahsoka, Star Wars: The Book of Boba Fett, and Star Wars: Rangers of the New Republic, just to name a few. Disney+ is ready to give fans everything they asked for as it pertains to Star Wars.