Kumail Nanjiani already talked about his upcoming role in a highly awaited Obi-Wan Kenobi series. Ewan McGregor is put to reprise his role as the legendary Jedi in the upcoming Star Wars project.
The Obi-Wan Kenobi sequel will follow the Jedi before his reprise in Star Wars Episode IV. It’s new hope for fans to know what happened to the Jedi after the incidents of the climactic conclusion of Revenge of the Sith. According to reports, Hayden Christensen will reprise his role as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader.
Kumail Nanjiani Teases Role in Upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi Series
“I talked to [director Deborah Chow] and we had a great conversation… I was so excited about this character. We haven’t seen this exact thing in Star Wars yet. This is like a new version of a type of Star Wars character we’ve seen before… And I was like, ‘I was gonna do it before the conversation!'” the actor went on to describe the project as the most joyful first job back after the quarantine.”
The actor sounded very grateful for his time in two back-to-back Disney projects.
“I didn’t know how I could beat the experience I’ve had, which is a Marvel movie with Chloé Zhao, who is amazing, and maybe the greatest cast ever assembled,” the actor says regarding the Marvel film, “and then have Obi-Wan as the next thing, with another fantastic cast…Ewan McGregor! Really? I don’t know where I go from there. And so I decided to walk into the middle of the woods.”
EW recently talked with Nanjiani who gave facts about his new character in the upcoming Star Wars series Obi-Wan Kenobi. The comedian said that the character’s name is “Haja”. He is a grifter from a new planet which is known as “Daiyu”. The new location underlines a dense city that looks like Hong Kong including narrow streets, enthusiastic nightlife, and neon lights. This is how Nanjiani described his new character:
“His name is Haja. And he’s this guy who works on the streets of Daiyu, which is this new Star Wars location that we haven’t seen before that’s absolutely gorgeous. And he’s the guy who’s worked really hard to stay out of the bigger conflicts at play. He just kind of wants to be his own guy. Survival for him is all that matters.”
“He’s this sort of con-man guy who cons people for money. That’s what’s important to him. And then he has a run-in with Obi-Wan and suddenly he sort of gets stuck in the bigger conflicts at play, which is the thing that he really tries to avoid. So he is this street-level con-man guy who then gets embroiled in stuff that’s way too big for him. And he has to make a choice.”