Obi-Wan Kenobi

Director, writer tapped for Disney+ Obi-Wan Kenobi series

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Lucasfilm announced Friday that Deborah Chow will direct the new Obi-Wan Kenobi series that is exclusively for the Disney+ streaming service.

As previously reported, actor Ewan McGregor is reprising his prequel trilogy role as the Jedi master for the series, which takes place eight years after the events of Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith.

Deborah Chow
Deborah Chow (Lucasfilm)

“We really wanted to select a director who is able to explore both the quiet determination and rich mystique of Obi-Wan in a way that folds seamlessly into the Star Wars saga,” said Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. “Based on her phenomenal work developing our characters in The Mandalorian, I’m absolutely confident Deborah is the right director to tell this story.”

The Mandalorian, set in the aftermath of the Empire’s fall in Episode VI — Return of the Jedi, premieres with the Disney+ launch on Nov. 12. The Obi-Wan series starts filming next year.

The still-untitled Kenobi series will be written by Hossein Amini (The Alienist, Drive). Chow, Amini, and McGregor will serve as executive producers alongside Kathleen Kennedy, Tracey Seaward (The Queen) and John Swartz (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story). Jason McGatlin, Lucasfilm’s executive vice president of production, will serve as co-producer.

Does only one director being tapped — so far — mean the Kenobi series will have a limited run?


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