Star Wars fans may be waiting longer than anticipated to see the Kenobi series on Disney+: the series has been put on hold as the studio retools the scripts.
The series is set between Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope, when Obi-Wan Kenobi has exiled himself to Tatooine to watch over young Luke Skywalker. Ewan McGregor, who previously portrayed Kenobi in the prequel trilogy, remains attached to reprise his role for the series. In addition, Deborah Chow, who directed episodes three and seven of The Mandalorian season one, remains attached to Kenobi as director.
News regarding the Kenobi series first appeared in August 2017, when Stephen Daldry was reported to be involved in talks with Lucasfilm and Disney regarding a standalone Obi-Wan movie. In August 2019, at the annual D23 convention in Anaheim, McGregor joined Kathleen Kennedy onstage to announce he would be involved in the Disney+ series.
When asked about the news at the world premiere of Birds of Prey, McGregor told IGN that Kenobi was still happening and that production on the project had simply been pushed back on the schedule, and was even hopeful that the delay wouldn’t have an effect on the release date for the series.
While Obi-Wan enthusiasts will invariably be disappointed by the news of the delay, they can comfort themselves with the seventh season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which features Obi-Wan in a prominent role and arrives on Disney+ on February 21st.
Meanwhile, speculation on the delay is sure to keep Star Wars fans occupied – and let’s not forget that, given the fact that the character is fifty years of age, an appearance by Baby Yoda in the Kenobi series is not out of the question. Personally, I’m hoping we’ll get an appearance from Boga the varactyl, who could perhaps be visiting Tatooine on vacation.
What are you hoping to see when the Kenobi series arrives on Disney+?