The Mandalorian was a success on every level, and is arguably the most significant Star Wars thing to be released in the last few years (consider that Episode 9 came out the same year Mando debuted, and the latter dominated conversation instead). The future of Star Wars is on television, at least for the present time, and Disney and Lucasfilm have about ten billion shows in the hopper to take advantage of that.
One of them, Obi-Wan Kenobi, is finally under way after a delay of two years. It was originally announced in 2019 and we might have seen it by now, but delays occurred in pre-production. Seems the original premise was Obi-Wan trying to protect Kid Luke, which…sounds a lot like the thing we just watched. Now they say they have an original idea, and have signed a row of talent to play the parts.
The list includes Moses Ingram (The Queen’s Gambit), Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick), Indira Varma (Game of Thrones), Rupert Friend (Homeland), O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Den of Thieves), Sung Kang (The Fast and the Furious), Simone Kessell (Of Kings and Prophets), and Benny Safdie (Pieces of a Woman), in addition to Evan McGregor reprising his role of Obi-Wan himself. Hayden Christiansen will also be around, though you might not see much of his actual face. The show takes place ten years after Revenge of the Sith, long after Vader first put on his breathing apparatus.
Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, director Deborah Chow, Ewan McGregor, and writer Joby Harold will all serve as executive producers. Obi-Wan Kenobi begins shooting in April, for an undisclosed release date on Disney+.