After years of asking for it, Star Wars fans will finally get to see Obi-Wan Kenobi in his own series. Disney finally put an end to all that fan despair by releasing the first teaser trailer for the Jedi master’s series. At the time, the idea was to make an Obi-Wan spinoff movie, but the project was recast as a TV miniseries.
The production, which once again features Ewan McGregor in the role of the protagonist, will arrive on Disney+ on May 25. It arrives in everyone’s hands on a very special date, as it marks the 45th anniversary of the theatrical release of the first Star Wars film, Episode IV- A New Hope.
Just as we meet McGregor again bringing Obi-Wan to life, Hayden Christensen returns to the company in his signature role of Darth Vader / Anakin Skywalker. Written by Joby Harold and directed by Debora Chow, who is also at the helm of The Mandalorian, this series will consist of a total of six episodes.
According to reports, the story takes place 10 years after the events of Episode III. The first Obi-Wan Kenobi teaser gives us a glimpse of the Jedi after Revenge of the Sith and offers hints of a connection to the video games and other Star Wars productions. Though, as usual for Lucasfilm, details of Obi-Wan Kenobi’s story are being kept under wraps for the time being, adding to the anticipation for the series.
The trailer establishes Obi-Wan’s damaged psyche, as the former Jedi is clearly shaken by the events of Revenge of the Sith. Stating, “The fight is over. We have lost,” Obi-Wan seems resigned to defeat as he lives out his days in exile on Tatooine, keeping watch over a young Luke Skywalker. Unfortunately, he will have to face the Inquisitors. Darth Vader’s breathing can be heard at the end of the trailer, although the iconic character is not seen on screen.
Ewan McGregor, speaking to Entertainment Weekly has explained what state his character is in. “We find Obi-Wan at the beginning of our story quite broken, disloyal and defeated. He’s kind of given up. After dealing with his personal failure with Anakin, he feels a responsibility to allow his apprentice to have been tempted to the Dark Side. Obi-Wan feels that his teaching wasn’t strong enough to be able to protect Anakin from that. I think that weighs, obviously, heavily on him.”
On the other hand, Hayden Christensen, who plays Darth Vader, has confirmed that “We’re going to see a very powerful Vader”.