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Hello there! To commemorate Disney+ Day, the streamer released an official first look at its highly anticipated Star Wars series Obi-Wan Kenobi. While no official footage has been released just yet, it does reveal a bit more about what fans can expect to see when the show premieres in 2022.
Ewan McGregor stars as Obi-Wan Kenobi‘s titular hero, reprising his iconic role from the Star Wars prequels. “There’s a hunger for this character to come back,” he says at the beginning of the behind-the-scenes sizzle reel. “The fans have been waiting long enough.”
Obi-Wan Kenobi picks up about ten years after Revenge of the Sith (aka nine years before the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), when the Empire has all but destroyed the Jedi Order and Obi-Wan has exiled himself to Tattoine. “He has this one task left, which is to keep Luke safe,” McGregor adds.
A series of newly revealed concept art teases that Obi-Wan Kenobi will also move behind Tattoine, from a marketplace to what looks like an Empire outpost.
Of course, the sizzle reel also addresses one of the buzziest elements of the series: Hayden Christensen’s return as Darth Vader. Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy previously teased the “rematch of the century” between the two, which the preview confirms with footage of Christensen training and a concept photo of a fiery duel.
Other cast members include Joel Edgerton and Bonnie Piesse (reprising their prequel roles as Luke Skywalker’s Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru), PEN-15 star Maya Erskine, Moses Ingram, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell, and Benny Safdie.
Obi-Wan Kenobi will consist of six hour-long episodes. It’s directed by Deborah Chow, who previously helmed two episodes of The Mandalorian Season 1.
This series is one of several high-profile, live-action Star Wars shows currently in the works at Disney+. The Book of Boba Fett, which hits the streamer on December 29, promises to dive deeper into the underworld exploits of everyone’s favorite bounty hunter. The Rogue One prequel series Andor, The Mandalorian Season 3, and Ahsoka Tano Mandalorian spinoff season are also in various stages of production. And hey, even though Baby Yoda won’t be back for a while, gazing upon McGregor’s Kenobi again should be more than enough to tide fans over.
Obi-Wan Kenobi premieres on Disney+ in 2022.