Disney+ Is Giving Obi-Wan Kenobi His Own Show, and the Cast Is Intense
Disney clearly follows the philosophy of “Go big or go home.” Disney and Lucasfilm have finally confirmed the full cast of the upcoming Disney+ Star Wars series, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and suffice to say, the cast is huge.
Disney is bringing back Star Wars veteran Ewan McGregor to reprise the role of the younger version of the Jedi Master Obi-Wan, but most surprising is that Hayden Christensen will be joining him. After departing the franchise in 2005 after Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, Christensen will be returning as Darth Vader for the highly anticipated Disney+ show.
The last time we saw Christensen in Star Wars (without the helmet) was as Anakin Skywalker after he was defeated by Obi-Wan in a duel and left for dead on the volcanic planet of Mustafar. The prequel trilogy of the Star Wars franchise followed Anakin as he turned over to the dark side and was reborn as Darth Vader. As such, we only got a few precious scenes of Christensen as Darth Vader, so this series will undoubtedly let the actor fully take on the role of the legendary Sith Lord.
If that wasn’t enough, Joel Edgerton and Bonnie Lars will be reprising their roles as Owen Lars and Beru Lars, respectively. In case you forgot, the Lars are the adoptive parents of Luke Skywalker, so if those two make an appearance, there’s a good chance we’ll get a peek at a 10-year-old Luke Skywalker as well.
The film’s mega-cast will also include Moses Ingram (The Queen’s Gambit), Kumail Nanjiani (Stuber), Indira Varma (Game of Thrones), Rupert Friend (Homeland), O-Shea Jackson Jr. (Staight Outta Compton), Sung Kang (Fast and Furious), Simone Kessell (Reckoning), and Benny Safdie (Pieces of a Woman).
What will the show be about?
Disney+ is expanding the Star Wars storylines of Obi-Wan and his former protégé Anakin Skywalker. The show will be set 10 years after the events of the prequel trilogy and before the events of the original trilogy. No word yet on what exactly the plot will revolve around, but we’ll take a wild guess and say it’s going to be about an epic rematch between Obi-Wan and his ex-friend-turned-evil-overlord Darth Vader.
The show will consist of six one-hour episodes. The release date is yet to be announced, but shooting is expected to start in mid- to late-2021. So it'll be likely that the show will be out in 2022.
Will there be more Star Wars shows?
Of course, there will be, because this is Disney. Just as Disney is expanding the MCU with countless upcoming Disney+ shows and movies, it’s also doing the same with Star Wars. And after the massive success of The Mandalorian—and Baby Yoda—it’s clear the studio is taking the right route.
Here are all the other Star Wars shows and movies slated for Disney+
- The Book of Boba Fet (series)
- Visions (animated shorts)
- Andor (series)
- Star Wars: Rogue Squadron (film)
- Ahsoka (series)
- Rangers of the New Republic (series)
- The Bad Batch (animated series)
- A Droid Story (animated film)
- Lando (series)
- The Acolyte (series)
- Untitled Taika Waititi project (film)