Ewan McGregor is returning to Star Wars in an Obi-Wan Kenobi series that will be exclusively available on Disney’s streaming service, Disney+.
Deadline has confirmed that these reports are true, with Ewan McGregor now signed up to reprise the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi in an as-yet-untitled TV series. Details are unsurprisingly being kept tightly under wraps. Nevertheless, an Obi-Wan Kenobi series will become the third live-action Star Wars series announced for the streaming platform, following Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian series starring Pedro Pascal and Stephen Schiff’s series Cassian Andor starring Diego Luna, who reprises his role from Rogue One: A Star War Story.
Fan demand for an Obi-Wan film can be traced all the way back to 2012 when Disney first acquired Lucasfilm. McGregor appeared enthusiastic at the idea of reprising the iconic role in a future film when asked about returning. “If they need me to be Obi-Wan Kenobi again, I’d be delighted to do so, yeah,” McGregor told The Guardian in December of 2012.
Disney is gearing up for its D23 fan convention, which will run from August 23-25, 2019. Saturday features the “Go Behind the Scenes with The Walt Disney Studios” panel, which usually includes an abundance of Star Wars news. Presumably Disney believes that D23 is the perfect place to officially announce the Obi-Wan Kenobi series, and hopefully, they’ll reveal a few more details.