Obi-Wan Kenobi is the latest Star Wars series to be produced for the Disney Plus streaming service. This is the third time, after The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett, that it really is a good time to be a Star Wars fan. But when will “Obi-Wan Kenobi” be released? Why is that? And who is playing along? We’ve collected all questions about the start date, cast and plot of “Obi-Wan Kenobi” for you.
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When Is Obi-Wan Kenobi Releasing On Disney+?
“Obi-Wan Kenobi” was only recently given a start date: On May 25, 2022, the series will be streamable exclusively on Disney Plus. Many fans were already expecting the “Star Wars” series to start in May of this year, however, they expected “Obi-Wan Kenobi” more on May 4th. How so? It’s Star Wars Day, “May, the fourth”, which sounds similar to “May the force be with you”.
In fact, May 25 fits much better, because this is the actual “Star Wars” day. How so? On May 25, 1977, “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” was released in America, the very first “Star Wars” film. This was also the film in which Obi-Wan Kenobi (played by Alec Guinness) made his debut in the franchise. So it’s more than fitting to start the series on the character on this very day, more than 40 years later.
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What is Obi-Wan Kenobi About?
Deep details are not yet known about the plot of “Obi-Wan Kenobi”. The series takes place 10 years after the end of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith. Obi-Wan Kenobi (played by Ewan McGregor) is still grappling with the worst defeat of his life: the Jedi Order destroyed, most of his friends dead or in exile, and his own student and de facto son/brother, Anakin Skywalker, betrayed him and the Order and became the Sith Lord Darth Vader.
Obi-Wan Kenobi is a 6 episode mini-series. Like so many Star Wars productions these days, the series will be set on the desert planet of Tatooine, where the Jedi Knight went into exile. There he watches over Anakin’s son, Luke Skywalker. But apparently, the series will not only play in the desert, as some published images already show. Obi-Wan Kenobi also appears to be spending his time fighting the Empires, and a meeting with his old apprentice, Darth Vader, also appears to be on the cards.
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Obi-Wan Kenobi: Who’s In The Cast?
Lead actor McGregor had to keep the planning and his role in the series “Obi-Wan Kenobi” a secret for a long time. A circumstance that bothered the star.
“There’s been this overwhelming amount of speculation on social media and elsewhere and everywhere I’ve gone for the last 10 years I’ve been asked, ‘Would you play the role again?’ And of course, when [Disney] started announcing all the spinoffs, everyone was like, ‘Are you going to be Obi-Wan in the spinoff?’ and I was already in talks with Lucasfilm and Disney, but of course, I wasn’t allowed to reveal that,” he said in an interview with Jimmy Kimmel.
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It’s now clear that he’s set to reprise his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi, and the actor is excited! McGregor’s return is unlikely to surprise many fans, unlike Hayden Christensen’s return as Anakin Skywalker or Darth Vader. Fans still know him from “Attack of the Clones” and “Revenge of the Sith” since then the actor has calmed down.
“It’s been such an incredible journey for me playing Anakin Skywalker,” Christensen said in a statement. “It feels good to be back.”
Other, lesser-known faces are also returning to the cast: Bonnie Piesse and Joel Edgerton will reprise their roles of Aunt Beru and Uncle Owen from Episodes II and III of Star Wars.
A new face will play Kumail Nanjiani, who Marvel fans know from Eternals. “It was absolutely amazing,” the actor told USA Today. “It was my first job outside of quarantine: I got vaccinated, came straight onto the set and had the best three months,” the actor continued.