Just mere months away from when filming was due to start, the long-awaited Obi-Wan Kenobi series has been put on hold at Lucasfilm.
Only last week, the crew at Pinewood Studios in the UK were told to down tools as the production was down indefinitely. It has since emerged that with only two scripts for the expected 6 episode series was too similar to that of ‘The Mandalorian’. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy was reportedly not happy with the scripts or story and a last-minute decision was made to halt pre-production and start anew.
The studio is now said to be on the look-out for new writers to take the series forward with a view to cutting the series down to just 4 episodes.
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Initially, the spin-off was meant to be a stand-alone feature, but due to a less than favourable reaction to ‘Solo’ the idea was put on hold.
If they do finally go ahead with the series, it would be the third live-action ‘Star Wars’ show on Disney+ alongside Jon Favreau’s ‘The Mandalorian’ and one based on Cassian Andor in which Diego Luna will reprise his role.
Ewan McGregor was set to reprise his role as the titular character. 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”.