One of the worst kept secrets in Hollywood is now out in the open. At D23, Ewan McGregor took the stage to formally announce his return to the Star Wars franchise. McGregor will headline an Obi-Wan Kenobi series set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.
According to Lucasfilm’s onstage presentation, the Obi-Wan Kenobi show will take place eight years after Revenge of the Sith. That would place it within the timeline of Solo: A Star Wars Story. Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy said “we have all the scripts written and we’re ready to start shooting next year.”
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McGregor made his Star Wars debut twenty years ago in The Phantom Menace. He reprised his role for the remainder of the prequel trilogy, and was last seen handing off Luke Skywalker to his uncle Owen and aunt Beru. McGregor has frequently spoken about his desire to return to the role. Two years ago, Stephen Daldry was reportedly in line to direct a Obi-Wan film. However, the dismal box office of Solo: A Star Wars Story put all spinoff films on ice.
There are a few Star Wars novels and comics that depict Obi-Wan’s life on Tatooine while watching over Luke. But the Disney+ series is likely to be an original story that stands alone. If it begins filming next year, it could arrive on Disney+ in 2021 or 2022.
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