UPDATE: Our sources have revealed that the show has now been ‘delayed’ rather than canceled but no official statements have been made and there is currently no announced release date. Collider and The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed our earlier report that the Star Wars’ Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney+ series has been delayed, despite the incorrect claims McGregor’s reps released.
Sources close to FandomWire have revealed that Disney has canceled its Obi-Wan Kenobi series.
There wasn’t a ton known about the Obi-Wan Kenobi show, other than Ewan McGregor was returning and it was reportedly set to start filming this summer, but FandomWire has now learned that Disney+ has shelved the series for the foreseeable future.
Obi-Wan was first played by Alec Guinness, who died in 2000, in the original Star Wars 1977 movie. He was succeeded by Ewan McGregor in the 90s and various other voice actors have since played the role in other mediums.
Despite the rather unfortunate news that the Obi-Wan Kenobi series is canceled, The Mandalorian seems to be safe as Disney+ announced a second season with filming set to start soon. There is also a Rogue One prequel and a rumored Doctor Aphra show in the works.
“The storyline sits between Episode III and Episode IV,” McGregor told Men’s Journal, “when the Jedi Order was falling apart. It will be interesting to take a character we know in a way and show him — Well, his arc will be quite interesting, I think, dealing with the fact that all the Jedi were slaughtered with the end of Episode III. It’s quite something to get over.”
The only other information known about the show was that they had begun casting for a young Luke Skywalker around the age of eight. However, with the cancellation, this news has become null and void.
Obi-Wan Kenobi was originally intended to be a film but then it made the jump to the smaller screen with the reveal of the Disney+ streaming service. What will take its place, if anything does at all, is currently not known.
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Unfortunately, McGregor won’t play the classic character any time soon, at least not on the small screen. A director for the next Star Wars movie is said to be announced this month, so there may still be good news for Star Wars fans out there.
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