The force is once again with Ewan McGregor. According to The Hollywood Reporter, McGregor is set to reprise his iconic role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in a new limited series coming to Disney’s premium steaming service, Disney+.
McGregor portrayed the Jedi master in George Lucas’ three Star Wars prequel films, 1999’s The Phantom Menace, 2002’s Attack of the Clones, and 2005’s Revenge of the Sith. An Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off film was in development as recently as last year, but Disney scrapped those plans following the lackluster performance of its Han Solo standalone film. Instead, the studio intends to use its upcoming streaming platform to tell the Jedi’s story, making it the third such Star Wars series pegged for Disney+. It joins previously announced projects The Mandalorian and a Rogue One prequel starring Diego Luna.
Update: Disney formally announced the series during its Disney+ presentation at this weekend’s D23 Expo. Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy said, “We have all the scripts written, and we’re ready to go next year.” It was also confirmed that the series will take place eight years after the events of Revenge of the Sith, or approximately 11 years before the end of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. That also puts it just after the events of Solo, which means while we’re watching Obi-Wan’s new story, Emilia Clarke’s Qi’ra would be working closely with his old nemesis, Darth Maul.
Disney+ is set to launch on November 12th. It will be available as a standalone service or as part of a bundle packaged with Hulu and ESPN+.
Meanwhile, on the theatrical front Disney will debut a new trilogy of films from Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss starting in 2022.