Disney+‘s Obi-Wan Kenobi series won’t begin filming until the summer of 2020, but the star of the show, Ewan McGregor, has leaked a few details about it in a recent interview.
It’s been 15 years since McGregor appeared as the Jedi master in the Star Wars universe, and now, we know when this show takes place. “The storyline sits between Episode III and Episode IV,” McGregor explained to Men’s Journal in a recent interview. To be precise, Obi-Wan will take place eight years after Revenge of the Sith and 11 years before A New Hope. “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 that the fact that all the Jedi were slaughtered with the end of Episode III. It’s quite something to get over.”
McGregor went on to say he has yet to rewatch the movies he starred in since their initial release, but he plans to go back, probably to prepare to take on the role of Obi-Wan once again. “I want to get closer and closer to how Obi-Wan felt while Alec Guinness was playing him,” the actor explained. “I feel like I’m grayer and nearer him in age, so it’ll be easier to do that.”
While McGregor was tight-lipped during the interview, he did reveal that the series will consist of six one hour-long episodes. It’s unclear if this is a limited series or if there’s room to expand into future seasons.
The future adventures of Obi-Wan have been shrouded in secrecy. At first, it was reported back in 2017 that this would be a feature-length movie, following suit of other standalone Star Wars movies like Rogue One and Solo. However, after Solo’s poor performance in theaters, talk of future solo Star Wars adventures has stopped entirely. During D23 this year, Disney confirmed Obi-Wan TV series and that McGregor would be starring. Additionally, The Mandalorian’s Deborah Chow will be directing.
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Given that Disney+’s Obi-Wan series won’t start filming until 2020, so chances are that fans won’t be able to watch it until 2021. Don’t get too bummed out about the wait as The Mandalorian launches on November 12 on Disney+, and that should be enough to hold you over.