As we continue to wait for an official confirmation from Lucasfilm concerning the reported Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney+ series starring Ewan McGregor in the titular role, The Hollywood Reporter discusses some of the possible storylines that could drive this new series. Their article includes content/reference points from earlier pieces of Star Wars literature, of which I personally have almost no knowledge of whatsoever. So while THR’s points sound plausible to a person with no familiarity to most of their stated content such as myself, I will leave the discussion of their article to fans that are properly versed in this area of the Star Wars franchise.
Disney’s D23 Expo takes place next weekend in Anaheim, California where the announcement of the long-rumored Kenobi project is expected to land. Will that be the case? We shall find out soon enough.
Check out an excerpt from THR’s piece copied below.
While details are scarce due to the series being in the early stages of development, it’s presumed that McGregor’s Obi-Wan reprisal will center on the character sometime after the events of Revenge of the Sith. It’s not inconceivable to think that, given the massive budgets Disney+ has acquired for their series, that we could see some de-aging effects done on McGregor in order to explore his early days as a Jedi apprentice, but exploring the Jedi’s lost days and transition into a hermit on Tatooine seem more compelling both narrative and performance wise.
So what has Star Wars’ multimedia canon told us about Kenobi’s days following Order 66? As explored in the novel Ahsoka (2016) by E.K. Johnston, set 18 years before A New Hope, Kenobi spent much of his time mediating on the force during his early days of exile, and communing with the force spirit of Qui-Gon Jinn who convinces him to let go of his attachments. Kenobi becomes a monk like figure, keeping a distant eye on the young Luke Skywalker. While Luke’s uncle Owen Lars forbade him from interacting with Luke, Kenobi kept a set of journals to impart on the young Skywalker for his future training. In these journals, the first of which revealed in Jason Aaron and Simone Bianchi’s Star Wars No. 7: From the Journals of Old Ben Kenobi: “The Last of His Breed” (2015), Kenobi describes his battles against the growing threat of gangster Jabba the Hutt, who was extorting denizens with a water tax during a drought. Jabba, suspecting it was Owen Lars who fought back against his mob sent the Wookie bounty hunter Black Krrsantan after him, leading Kenobi to defend Lars and ignite his lightsaber for the first time in years, as seen in Star Wars No. 20 (2016) by Jason Aaron and Mike Mayhew. Within these journal entries, set about a decade before A New Hope, Kenobi becomes something of a gunslinger figure. The series could easily take place within this time period and follow Kenobi dealing with the growing crime of Mos Eisley while struggling to keep his Jedi past concealed in a reworking of Unforgiven (1992).