Star Wars is the hot topic of every conversation involving Disney nowadays. The company gave us a sneak peek of the upcoming Disney+ series Obi-Wan Kenobi, as well as a new documentary short based on Boba Fett, the galaxy’s most iconic bounty hunter who has his own show coming out at the end of the year. The most exciting part, however, is that Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy is now teasing the return of actors from previous Star Wars projects.
In an interview with Empire for the Book of Boba Fett issue, Kathleen Kennedy shared many details from behind the scenes. At one point, she teased the possible return of characters from the Sequel Trilogy. She said there may be shows revolving around characters from the most recent slew of Star Wars films, like Rey, Poe Dameron, and Stormtrooper-turned-rebel Finn, who reportedly has his origin story being produced into a series. “Certainly, those are not characters we’re going to forget,” she said. “They will live on, and those are conversations that are going on with the creative team as well.” Her creative team is talking about the return of characters like Rey and Finn?
Also during her interview, Kathleen Kennedy discussed the “emotional” reunion between Ewan McGregor (Kenobi) and Hayden Christensen (Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader) on the set of Obi-Wan Kenobi, as they slipped back into their iconic Jedi and Sith robes for the first time since Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. She said that watching the two actors get excited about working together again — for a spin-off Star Wars show, no less — was the most exciting part because they had not seen each other for 16 years. “I was surprised at just how incredibly emotional it was for each of them to find themselves in these roles, and just realizing how important Star Wars was to each of them. It was the beginning of their careers.”
Kathleen Kennedy was surprised by the nostalgia in her actors. This is something fans have also been experiencing. In the behind-the-scenes footage of Obi-Wan Kenobi that dropped on Disney+ Day, the titular Jedi Master and fallen Jedi Anakin (or Darth Vader, as he prefers to be called) are seen together 10 years after their battle on Mustafar. During their final battle in Revenge of the Sith, Kenobi defeated Vader and left him to burn on a lava bank. However, Sidious rescued him with his burned face, which is covered by the Darth Vader mask we’ve come to love and fear. The sight of their return to the scorching landscape where Darth Vader was born may be a hint that they’re gearing up for Round Two.
Obi-Wan Kenobi was officially announced at Disney’s D23 convention in August 2019, just three months before Disney+ launched to become the biggest streaming competitor of Netflix and Hulu. Last year, Kathleen Kennedy announced that Hayden Christensen will reprise his role as Darth Vader in the series during a Disney Investor Day presentation; he’s already set to play the villain in the Ahsoka series starring Rosario Dawson. Obi-Wan Kenobi will be directed by Deborah Chow, who previously helmed two episodes of The Mandalorian during its first season, and every episode was written by Joby Harold, who wrote Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead on Netflix.