Say “Hello There” to This New Star Wars Series


Oliver Jamias, Contributor

After years  of waiting, Disney has finally announced the series fans have been waiting for: a series featuring everyone’s favorite lightsaber-wielding Jedi master: Obi-Wan Kenobi.  Announced at Disney’s annual D23 expo alongside a multitude of other Disney+ features, not much else is known aside from Ewan McGregor reprising his role as Obi-Wan, and the general time period that it takes place in.  It is slated to start production by 2020, with the release date still unknown.

Rumors of a stand alone Kenobi feature have been circulating the internet since 2014, with Ewan McGregor himself teasing a return to the character multiple  times.  However, with the mediocre performance and lackluster profit made by Rogue One and Solo, fans became worried about the fate of this highly requested Star Wars story.  This created rumors of several films being delayed, with some even being cancelled completely, the Obi-Wan story being one of them.  This was confirmed in the D23 expo, but not in the way fans expected.  The Kenobi film was no longer in production, but it was instead replaced by a whole television series revolving around Obi-Wan.

The series is set to take place between Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope during a time where the Galactic Empire ruled the galaxy with an iron fist, with the main plot most likely detailing what the former jedi did during the series’ two currently complete trilogies as he lived as a hermit.  This means that it takes place at roughly the same time as Solo, bringing in the possibility of surprise cameos by familiar characters such as Lando Calrissian, Han Solo, and Chewbacca.  Luke and Leia are both expected to make a few appearances, considering that Obi-Wan took on the role of a type of mentor in A New Hope.  Darth Vader, his apprentice-turned-nemesis, is a prime candidate for reappearance, and will most likely be appearing alongside the Empire as the main antagonistic force.  Boba Fett and Darth Maul are both characters who are familiar with Kenobi, and both have a reason for wanting to kill the lightsaber-wielding Jedi; Boba Fett’s father, Jango Fett, was killed by a Jedi in Attack of the Clones, while Darth Maul was sliced in half in The Phantom Menace by Obi-Wan, surviving by turning himself into a cyborg and replacing his chopped-off body parts with cybernetics.

Whether or not the series will actually be good is up to speculation, although McGregor’s performance as Obi-Wan will most likely be one of the best features of it.  At the very least, the existence of this series about Obi-Wan Kenobi shows that Disney is willing to listen to fan requests: rather than dedicating a single movie that is a few hours long to the fan-favorite character, Disney instead opts to turn it into a show, opening up a whole new world of possibilities in terms of writing and storytelling.  With the release of the Obi-Wan Kenobi series, The MandalorianRise of Skywalker, The Clone Wars, and the unnamed series about Cassian Andor, it is a good time for Star Wars.