When all hope was lost for Star Wars after the critical failure of the sequel trilogy, The Mandalorian came rushing in to prove that television shows can really work for mega franchises as the future of entertainment becomes inevitably streaming. To continue the revival of Star Wars, the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi show has left fans hyped like never before. With Ewan McGregor reprising his role as the legendary Jedi Knight from the prequel trilogy, Obi-Wan Kenobi is set to release on Disney+ on May 25.
Ewan McGregor, who shot to fame for his iconic portrayal of Obi-Wan in the Star Wars prequel trilogy is unarguably a fan favorite, despite the critical fan base of the franchise. Though the prequel trilogy was despised at the time of its release, fans have become much more receptive towards them over the years. As a result, when it was announced that Ewan McGregor would be reprising his role as Obi-Wan in the upcoming series, fans were ecstatic, to say the least. Moreover, joining McGregor will be Hayden Christensen, who is confirmed to return as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader. As both the characters are destined to face each other again in the Fight of the Century, fans can hardly wait for the show to premiere. However, Ewan McGregor has revealed a fact that has left fans puzzled before the show is released.
Set almost a decade after Anakin’s betrayal in Revenge of the Sith (2005), Obi-Wan Kenobi will feature the Jedi Knight who has lost all hope. After losing his ‘brother’ to the Dark Side and witnessing the infamous Order 66 that almost drove the Jedi Order to extinction, the legendary Jedi Knight is at his most vulnerable. According to Ewan McGregor, his Obi-Wan will be quite different from the character which the fans have known in the movies.
“We find Obi-Wan at the beginning of our story rather broken, and faithless, and beaten, somewhat given up.” – Ewan McGregor
Despite being one of the most prolific Jedi Knights, it’s understandable why Obi-Wan has given up all hope. Though Jedi Knights are expected to practice non-attachment, it’s hard to imagine the grief and suffering that Obi-Wan must have gone through in the aftermath of Revenge of the Sith. Not only did he lose his padawan, but he also lost his entire Jedi family. While a few fans might find this jarring, a broken, faithless Jedi has already been introduced in the form of Luke Skywalker in the sequel trilogy. Though the portrayal of a broken Luke Skywalker left fans polarized, it is expected that Obi-Wan Kenobi’s suffering will add depth to the character of the Jedi Knight, and in some ways, expose the flaws in the Jedi Order itself.
Starring Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi, the series stars Hayden Christensen (Darth Vader), Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Rupert Friend (Grand Inquisitor), Moses Ingram, and Sung Kang. Additionally, Eternals star Kumail Nanjiani has also been cast in an undisclosed role.
Obi-Wan Kenobi will premiere on Disney+ on May 25, 2022.