There has been a lot of speculation about if Scottish actor Ewan McGregor would return to his role of Obi-Wan Kenobi at some point and it was hoped that a movie would be released to cash in on the success of the current Star Wars movies.
Sadly Solo: A Star Wars Movie kind of bombed at the box office, and have very poor reception, both critically and with fans. The movie still made a lot of money for Disney despite its setbacks ($213.767.512 Domestic), and is ranked just below Return of the Jedi in order of Domestic (US Only) takings at the box office.
The failure of the movie to ignite the fans really put the nail in the coffin lid for spin off movies from the franchise and plans to release a movie based around Obi-Wan Kenobi seemed to have been dropped entirely from Disney’s radar!
This weekend sees D23 the Disney Fan Club’s bi-annual meeting at towards the end of its presentation on the new streaming service Disney+ Ewan McGregor was brought out and it was confirmed that he would return to the Star Wars universe in the role that made him a household name!
Ewan McGregor who played the character in three movies is very keen to reprise the role and it was announced that all the scripts for the series have been written and filming will begin soon.
So what would this entail?
Well the show would have to be set after the events of Star Wars Revenge of the Sith, and between that movie and Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope as the events of the Star Wars Rebels show are now cannon so cant really be messed with that much.
The show would have to be set at least twenty years after Revenge of the Sith as Luke Skywalker is meant to be 19 years old in the first movie and it has been documented that Obi-Wan spent two decades watching over the young moisture farmer as he grew up on the desert world of Tatooine.
Most likely we would see something like the upcoming Mandalorian show, with it being a very wild west style of show. Kenobi could be tracking down the members of the Golden Dawn Crime Syndicate and their mysterious leader who shares a past with the former Jedi and could be the big bad of the show.
That said this would put the show five years or so before the Battle of Yavin which is used as the general time line for Star Wars (-5BBY) so that’s a snag. Having characters meet up with other characters who are out of chronological context will screw up the continuity timeline for the franchise and Disney already has major problems with the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and how badly its timeline is messed up!
Given that the upcoming Mandalorian show is expected to run between eight and ten episodes, and each will have a very high budget to work with, we can most likely expect the same from an Obi-Wan show, and as mentioned already I would think that the show would work best in the western format and hopefully will feature some of the names from Star Wars cannon but hopefully not Luke Skywalker unless it is in passing. Characters such as those from Rebels or even Clone Wars could turn up or be named dropped, but I’m hoping that both shows will have all new characters for us to grow to love and welcome into the Star Wars family!