Star Wars fans, unite. At long last, we finally have a glimpse at the highly anticipated, long-awaited direct sequel to Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, and it’s in the way of a dedicated Obi-Wan Kenobi series, set to stream via Disney Plus on May 25.
But that’s old news. What is new is that Disney has finally released a first look at the new series, with Ewan McGregor reprising his titular role as the noble Jedi Master, as well as Hayden Christensen who will once again venture to the dark side as the greatest villain of all time, Darth Vader.
Set 10 years after the tragic events of Episode III that gave fans what is arguably the greatest Jedi duel in the history of the franchise, the new Disney Plus series will detail how Obi-Wan Kenobi came to be living in exile on the planet of Tatooine, watching over the young Luke Skywalker.
McGregor told Entertainment Weekly that the series starts in a very dark place for the lone Jedi.
“We find Obi-Wan at the beginning of our story rather broken, and faithless, and beaten” he explained.
“Somewhat given up. He’s different because of what happened at the end of Episode III with Order 66 and the Jedi order being slaughtered and everyone who survived going into hiding. After dealing with his personal failure with Anakin, he feels that it’s his personal responsibility, that he allowed Anakin to be tempted over to the Dark Side, and that he wasn’t able to stop that.”
“His teaching wasn’t able to protect Anakin from that, I think obviously weighs very heavily on him.”
From looking at the short teaser, you can expect a whole bunch of action and drama to unfold in this series. The formidable Grand Inquisitor (played by the magnificent Rupert Friend) will be introduced, who’s sole aim is to hunt down the last remaining Jedi, which, of course, includes Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Of course, there are whispers of a rematch between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader, which would grant every Star Wars fan their ultimate wish.
With a lot riding on this new standalone series, Obi-Wan Kenobi looks to be a spectacular showcase that has been 17 years in the making…
Obi-Wan Kenobi will stream via Disney Plus on May 25.