With shows and films slowly kicking back into production after lock down, it only makes sense that certain details are beginning to get leaked. In particular, The Illuminerdi has acquired some interesting casting news regarding the next chapter in the Star Wars saga; the upcoming Disney+ original Obi-Wan Kenobi series.
It seems that the casting team is looking for actors to fill two lead roles. A brief description reads:
(Girl) Caucasian, 8-11 years old, to portray a precocious girl.
(Boy) Caucasian, 8-11 years old, to portray a precocious boy.
Of course, the first two characters that spring to mind and the young Skywalker siblings, Luke and Leia. In terms of timeline, it makes sense. The Obi-Wan series is set to take place eight years after the events of Revenge of the Sith.
A young Luke Skywalker was due to be a part of the series back in its first attempt. Writer Hossein Amini was the original series writer and confirmed Luke would have a part to play.
However, since then, the show has changed hands. Now, writer Joby Harold is onboard and seemingly wrote out Luke’s part. This was to avoid plot similarities with The Mandalorian – in this case, a lead role who looks after a child.
This casting call seems to insinuate things have changed again, although Luke’s role might be slightly different. What makes this even more interesting is the fact that the casting call suggests that these are lead roles.
With the series focusing on Obi-Wan, there’s only so much that a young Luke and Leia can do within the narrative before it complicates and contradicts the events of A New Hope.
Source: The Illuminerdi