After a hiccup or two with a delayed start, the Disney+ ‘Star Wars’ spin-off series for ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ is set to commence production in April. With that news, a number of cast have been revealed including Joel Edgerton and Kumail Nanjiani.
The special event series starring Ewan McGregor as the iconic Jedi Master will see Moses Ingram, Bonnie Piesse, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell and Benny Safdie join Edgerton, Nanjiani and McGregor on the cast. The series also marks the return of Hayden Christensen in the role of Darth Vader.
The story will be set 10 years after the dramatic events of “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith” where Kenobi faced his greatest defeat, the downfall and corruption of his best friend and Jedi apprentice, Anakin Skywalker turned evil Sith Lord Darth Vader.
Deborah Chow, director of two critically acclaimed episodes of ‘The Mandalorian,’ Season 1, will direct the series, Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Deborah Chow, Ewan McGregor and writer Joby Harold will executive produce.
McGregor took over from Alec Guinness who played the character in the original trilogy, McGregor debuted in 1999’s ‘The Phantom Menace’ before returning in ‘Attack of the Clones’ (2002) and ‘Revenge of the Sith’ (2005). He also lent his voice to ‘The Force Awakens’ in Rey’s “force dream”.
Other live-action ‘Star Wars’ series in development are the “Rogue One” prequel focusing on Cassian Andor, “Rangers of the New Republic,” an Ahsoka Tano “Mandalorian” spinoff series, and “The Book of Boba Fett,” another spinoff of “The Mandalorian.”