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Ewan McGregor's Obi-Wan Kenobi Series Finally Has a Release Date

Right as The Book of Boba Fett closed, Disney wasted no time in announcing the next Star Wars adventure.

We know you'd all be A-okay with watching Mando and Grogu scoot around the Star Wars universe in perpetuity. Which is totally fine, nothing to be ashamed of. But this is Star Wars we're talking about. Disney. So as long as there's money to be made, we'll keep seeing new spinoffs and sequels in the galaxy far, far, away, forever and ever.

Here's some news on the intergalactic front for you: Disney+'s long-anticipated Obi-Wan Kenobi series (which will see Ewan McGregor return to his Episodes I-III role) has a release date. If you haven't heard, the show will round out its cast with Moses Ingram, Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell and Benny Safdie. Plus? Hayden Christensen returning as Darth Vader. You know McGregor isn't allowed to tease too much. But we can. Here's everything we know about Disney+'s Obi-Wan Kenobi series so far.

When will the Obi-Wan series debut on Disney+?

McGregor's big return to the Star Wars universe will commence on May 25th. Not only that, but Disney announced that Obi-Wan Kenobi will be a limited series. So we can safely rule out any future McGregor starring vehicles in this universe, aside from a potential cameo or two.


What is the new Obi-Wan show going to be about?

While Disney has been super secret about the Disney+ series, one thing is for sure: a lot of people are extremely excited about the return of Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi. And for good reason–new details on the Star Wars show have confirmed that the series will tackle a very momentous and legendarily mysterious period in Star Wars history: Kenobi's years on Tatooine between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.

Disney has also revealed that the show will take place eight years after Sith. Based on some estimates regarding Rogue One's place in the Star Wars timeline, that puts Obi-Wan right smack in the middle of Sith and New Hope. It also means the series could potentially span 10 whole years of Obi's life. That's pretty significant, given the fact that the live-action Star Wars films usually tackle less than a month's chunk of time, give or take. But that's not to say that Star Wars avoids long-spanning storytelling. Between the comics, novels, and animated series, we've seen huge blocks of time filled in. Plus, with Hayden Christensen receiving top billing in the Disney+ show, you can expect he'll loom large as a big bad in this story.

Where does the Obi-Wan series fit within the Star Wars timeline?

Which leads us to one of the most glaring issues surrounding the Obi-Wan show: this scene in Star Wars Rebels.

Long have fans anticipated the big live-action return of Darth Maul. We saw him very briefly (in an unfortunately lame hologram) in Solo. But, a few animated series have been following Maul's big comeback for years now–and always, Maul's fate is intertwined with the man who chopped him in half, Obi-Wan. The question is, how will this live-action Obi-Wan show reckon with the events of the animated series? It's likely that Maul will appear on the show in some way–especially since this series takes place around the same time as Solo, the Han-centric movie that took special care to mention the Sith lord in its big finale.

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When Disney acquired Lucasfilm, they retconned a ton of Star Wars history from the non-live-action works. However, Rebels is a Disney Star Wars show, so everything in the series is canon. It's easy to predict that the Obi-Wan show will be centered around Obi (or "Ben") and his quest to protect a young Luke Skywalker from any/all threats, both Sith-related and otherwise. The series would be remiss to not tackle Maul and Kenobi's long-running beef. Does this mean we'll see the same showdown from Rebels?

The showdown happens three seasons into the animated series. Rebels is said to take place 5 years before A New Hope. So with the timelines definitely link up. At the very least, if the Kenobi show turns out to be some sort of Seinfeld-style comedy, hopefully, Maul turns out to be Ben's Newman. Now that's a show that we would watch.

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