Disney had to have something planned for May the 4th, right? We were expecting the reveal of an entirely new Star Wars thing, but instead we got another trailer for a show we know is coming and will be here by the end of the month. The show is called Obi-Wan Kenobi, and you can guess what it’s about.
It’s the midpoint between 2005 and 1977. Palpatine and Vader rule the galaxy. Being a Jedi is a death sentence, and nobody dares perform lightsaber tricks in public — unless they’re a Sith, who also get lightsabers (pretty red ones!) Ben Kenobi, the focus of our story, hides out on Tattooine while the Empire searches constellation after constellation for him. It’s a futile effort because canonically, Vader can never figure out he’s on Tattooine — but evidently Ben steps off his hiding planet at some point because this trailer highly suggests he and his former apprentice have a little meeting.
Ewan McGregor returns as Obi-Wan, reprising the role he played in the prequels, and so does Hayden Christiansen as Vader, though thankfully you won’t have to see his goofy grin very much behind that mask. Other returning members include Joel Edgerton and Bonnie Piesse as Uncle Owen Lars and Aunt Beru, Luke Skywalker’s caretakers. Also starring are Indira Varma (Game of Thrones), Rupert Friend (Homeland), Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley), Sung Kang (Power), Simone Kessell (The Crossing), Maya Erskine (PEN15), O’Shea Jackson Jr. and Benny Safdie.
The first two episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi will appear on Disney+ May 27, with the remaining four arriving one week at a time after.
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