Following the success of The Book of Boba Fett and The Mandalorian, Obi-Wan Kenobi may still be the most anticipated Star Wars series in recent times. Set ten years after the events of Revenge of the Sith and before A New Hope, the six-episode series will follow self-exiled Jedi, Obi-Wan as he keeps a watchful eye over Luke Skywalker on Tatooine. While Disney has managed to keep plot details behind a wall of secrecy, rumors have pointed to how deeply the story will connect with the prequel trilogy.
Along with characters like the Grand Inquisitor from Lucasfilm’s animated projects, Obi-Wan Kenobi is rumored to feature important live-action characters like Jimmy Smits’ Bail Organa and a young Princess Leia. If these whispers are correct, the Jedi Master’s most important mission in the series will be to rescue the 10-year-old Princess after she finds herself in trouble. She’s said to be a prisoner at a Cantina-like establishment that will feature several new and old creatures from the Star Wars galaxy.
Thanks to this new information, Jimmy Smits’ rumored inclusion as Bail Organa seems more likely. He was last seen taking custody of Anakin’s daughter, while Luke went to Owen and Beru at the end of Revenge of the Sith. After Obi-Wan Kenobi leaves Leia with Bail Organa, the story of her childhood is mostly shrouded in mystery.
The only time she’s mentioned is in the Star Wars #33 comic book. At this point, the nine-year-old was living at Alderaan’s Royal Palace and ran away for a week and hid in a forest. But other than that, her entire childhood is open to anything the writers can dream up. More of this story will probably be revealed when the first trailer for Obi-Wan Kenobi is released in the coming months.
Meanwhile, Ewan McGregor who played a young Obi-Wan Kenobi in the franchise’s prequel trilogy will reprise his role as the Jedi Master for the series The project was originally supposed to be a spin-off film directed by Stephen Daldry and written by Hossein Amini, but it was reworked as a limited series following the financial failure of Solo: A Star Wars Story.
After a few mishaps with the Obi-Wan Kenobi script, Joby Harold (of King Arthur: Legend of the Sword fame) reworked the story until the studio was happy with it. Filming began in April 2021 in Los Angeles with Deborah Chow (who has worked on The Mandalorian) handling directing duties.
Much to the delight of fans everywhere, Hayden Christensen will also be reprising his role as Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan’s former Jedi Padawan and partner who fell to the Dark Side and became Darth Vader. The Obi-Wan Kenobi series will also feature Joel Edgerton as Owen Lars, a moisture farmer on Tatooine and the uncle of Luke Skywalker as well as Bonnie Piesse as Beru Whitesun Lars, Owen’s wife, and Luke’s aunt.
Additionally, Sung Kang, Moses Ingram, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Simone Kessell, Benny Safdie, and Maya Erskine have been cast in undisclosed roles. Obi-Wan Kenobi is scheduled to be released via the Disney+ streaming service on May 25th.