The force has definitely been with us since Disney finally announced the release of several Star Wars spinoffs coming in May 2022.
George Lucas created the Star Wars series. It was first released in the 1970s, with a new movie added to the franchise up to the '80s. The space opera films later continued in the early 2000s, with more movies coming out up until the late 2010s.
The first three movies released in the Star Wars franchise (Star Wars: Episode IV—A New Hope, Wars: Episode V—The Empire Strikes Back, and Star Wars: Episode VI—Return of the Jedi) told the story of Luke Skywalker, his quest to become a full-fledged, and his struggles against Darth Vader. At the same time, the Rebel Alliance fights for freedom from the Galactic Empire.
The prequel trilogy ( Star Wars: Episode I—The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Episode II—Attack of the Clones, and Star Wars: Episode III—Revenge of the Sith) told the story of Anakin Skywalker as he trains to be a Jedi under Obi-Wan Kenobi. It also takes us with Anakin as he succumbs to the darkness and how the Galactic Republic shifted to become the Galactic Empire.
One of the most anticipated Disney+ releases will be Obi-Wan Kenobi, a mini-series that focuses on the man with the same name.
Obi-Wan was a legendary Jedi Master who trained Anakin Skywalker and mentored Luke Skywalker. He also served as a general in the Republic Army during the Clone Wars.
As we wait for the Obi-Wan Kenobi series to hit the screens, here is everything we know about the series so far.
Obi-Wan Kenobi Release Date: When Will the Series Come Out?
Obi-Wan Kenobi premiered on May 27, 2022, on Disney+.
The series was originally set to come out on May 25 to celebrate the theatrical anniversary of Star Wars: Episode V—A New Hope, but the release date was moved a couple of days later, as per an announcement by Ewan McGregor himself.
Obi-Wan Kenobi Cast: Who are the Actors Included in the Series?
Ewan McGregor will return as Obi-Wan Kenobi in this Disney+ series (and we honestly cannot see anyone else playing the role). Another returning actor is Hayden Christensen, who will be reprising his original role as Darth Vader.
More actors playing more characters in the series. The other actors joining the cast for Obi-Wan Kenobi are Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Moses Ingram (from The Queen's Gambit), Kumail Nanjiani (from Eternals), and Indira Varma (from The Game of Thrones). We will also see Rupert Friend as The Inquisitor and Vivien Lyra Blair as the young Princess Leia. O'Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang (from the Fast & Furious franchise), Bennie Safdie (Nari), and Simone Kessell are also part of the cast. There have also been recent announcements that Maya Erskine will join the series.
Mark Hamill will most likely not return as Luke Skywalker, but he happily shared the news that actor Grant Feely will play the young Luke in the series.
Obi-Wan Kenobi Crew: Who are the Creatives Behind the Scenes?
Deborah Chow, who directed several Mandalorian episodes, will lead the film. Joby Harold will be writing the script for the Obi-Wan Kenobi series after Hossein Amini, who originally developed the script with Chow, opted out of the project. We are hopeful that the genius of these two scriptwriters will meld together to give us diverse episodes successfully.
The executive producers for Obi-Wan Kenobi are Chow, Harold, McGregor, Kathleen Kennedy from Lucasfilms, and Michelle Rejwan.
Obi-Wan Kenobi Plot: What Will the Story Be About?
Obi-Wan Kenobi happens ten years after the Revenge of the Sith, where Obi-Wan defeated Anakin and left him to die after he mourned Anakins fall to the dark side. Emperor Palpatine took Anakin's body and built him back into Darth Vader's suit, completely transitioning him into the villain.
It was during this time skip that Obi-Wan left Leia with Senator Bail Organa and left Luke with his aunt in Tatooine.
Disney has been secretive, not sharing much about the plot of the series, but when Kathleen Kennedy from Lucasfilm introduced Obi-Wan Kenobi back in 2020, she said that the series would be about Obi-Wan's "greatest defeat," talking about how he allowed his ward, Anakin Skywalker, succumb to the Dark Side. She also described how the "rematch of the century" may happen in the movie after confirming that Christensen will return as Darth Vader, finally concluding the epic battle during the Sith's Revenge.
Another potential storyline in the series would be the adventures Obi-Wan went on within the ten years. We could see how he trained Luke or his travels to other planets as he tried to reconnect with other Jedi.
The trailer of the series introduced us to the presence of the Sith Inquisitors who may be working Darth Vader.
Some fans hope to see Ahsoka in the series, especially since Darth Vader attempts to find Obi-Wan through Ahsoka. Ahsoka's presence could also be a good introduction to another Star Wars-related spinoff - Star Wars: Ahsoka.
Now that the series has been released, we may confirm which of our predictions are true.
Episode Spoilers Up Ahead
The first episode of the series introduced us to the life that Obi-Wan built ten years after Anakin turned to the Dark Side and became Darth Vader. Obi-Want did his best to blend in, choosing to do an honest day's work as he lives his life in Tatooine which is still rife with injustice and senseless death. As witnesses to the realities of Tatooine, we slowly understand why Luke wanted to leave.
Obi-Wan also displays how he felt disconnected from the Force and the Jedi way. He does his best to communicate with Qui-Gon, but it seems his master has been avoiding him and chooses to ignore his calls after training to communicate with ghosts. Obi-Wan also refuses to help Nari, a young Jedi pursued by the Grand Inquisitor who was hiding in Tatooine.
We also get to meet the young Princess Leia, who shares many characteristics with her mother, like using a decoy to avoid attending a royal function in Alderaan. But there is also no peace in Alderaan, as a Pirates who work for the Inquisitor take Leia as a prisoner. Bail calls to Obi-Wan who, despite his desire to remain lowkey, follows Leia's trail to Daiyu.
By episode 2, the Inquisitors are hunting Obi-wan and Leia down, but it was the Third Sister, Reva, who seemed to have a personal vendetta against Obi-Wan and was willing to do everything it takes to bring him to Vader. Reva uses Leia as bait to lure Obi-Wan, demonstrating just how dangerous she can be.
Obi-Wan and Leia manage to escape, but not before Reva reveals that Anakin is indeed alive.
In the third episode of the series, Obi-Wan and Leia travel to Mapuzo, a strip-mining planet in the Empire that used to be home to pastures. Obi-Wan does his best to connect with Qui-Gon but he still fails, but Leia remains hopeful despite how little she knows about the Force and the true nature of the Empire.
Meanwhile, the Third Sister and the Fifth Brother fight over who brings the news about Obi-Wans location to Darth Vader.
Obi-Wan and Leia don't meet up with their trusted contact and interact with a miner named Frank, who supposedly wants to help them. This turns out to be a trap and Obi-Wan fights against stormtroopers and is almost overwhelmed if it wasn't for the arrival of their real contact, Tala Durith, an Imperial officer who now works with the Underground Railroad. Tala does her best to bring Leia to safety, with Obi-Wan staying behind due to Darth Vader's arrival. Obi-Wan and Anakin face off, eventually leading to Anakin throwing Obi-Wan against burning stones to make him experience what Anakin felt on Mustafar.
Obi-Wan escapes with Tala's help, but this Leia vulnerable from the clutches of The Third Sister
Obi-Wan Kenobi Trailer: Is There a Trailer for the Star Wars Series?
The official trailer for the series was released on March 10, 2022. The trailer was only almost two minutes long, but it was packed with many Easter Eggs and clues for fans to decode.
The teaser came with a description that gave fans more details to look into:
The story begins 10 years after the dramatic events of “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith” where Obi-Wan Kenobi faced his greatest defeat—the downfall and corruption of his best friend and Jedi apprentice, Anakin Skywalker, who turned to the dark side as evil Sith Lord Darth Vader. The series stars Ewan McGregor, reprising his role as the iconic Jedi Master, and also marks the return of Hayden Christensen in the role of Darth Vader. Joining the cast are Moses Ingram, Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell and Benny Safdie.
Watch the Obi-Wan Kenobi trailer here:
Where to Obi-Wan Kenobi: Where Can I Watch the Series?
Obi-Wan Kenobi will be available on Disney+ on May 27, 2022. The series will premiere with two episodes, with a new episode coming out every week, and the last episode is scheduled to come out on June 22, 2022.
Obi-Wan Kenobi may help answer many of the questions that fans have about the Jedi master. The force is getting stronger and we can't wait to be back with Obi-Wan.