Obi-Wan Kenobi is getting his own long-rumored TV series, and fans don't have to worry that it will be so uncivilized that it won't fit right in with the Star Wars saga that introduced Obi-Wan in the first place. The Disney+ series has added somebody who already proved her Star Wars mettle in the live-action TV arena, and that's no small deal considering The Mandalorian will be the very first live-action Star Wars show!
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. Based on her phenomenal work developing our characters in The Mandalorian, I’m absolutely confident Deborah is the right director to tell this story.
Yes, Deborah Chow was evidently such a hit working on The Mandalorian that she was brought on board the Obi-Wan series, which has yet to receive an official title but brings Ewan McGregor back to the role on-screen for the first time since Revenge of the Sith back in 2005. Chow will "helm the upcoming live-action series," although it has not been confirmed one way or the other if that means she will direct every episode.
What has been confirmed for production in addition to Ewan McGregor as star and Deborah Chow directing is that Hossein Amini of The Alienist will write the series, with Kathleen Kennedy, Tracey Seaward of The Queen, and John Swartz of Rogue One are on board as executive producers. So, in addition to the prequel trilogy star and a Mandalorian director, the Obi-Wan series has the Lucasfilm president and a Rogue One alum in the mix. No wonder the project will fit seamlessly into the saga!
The Obi-Wan series will likely run for six or eight episodes, according to THR, but the exact number has not been confirmed at this point. We do know that the series will take place eight years following the events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, which puts it a little under halfway between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope in the Star Wars timeline.
It's an era that hasn't been covered by a movie or animated TV show to this point, and The Mandalorian is set after the events of Return of the Jedi. In fact, the first time Obi-Wan turns up in a Star Wars project chronologically after Revenge of the Sith was in the animated series Star Wars Rebels, which pitted him against Maul once more.
Unfortunately, the Obi-Wan series is likely quite a ways off, but there will be a live-action Star Wars series ready to go when Disney+ launches on November 12. The Mandalorian will be good to go, and show off Deborah Chow's talents as a Star Wars director. Be sure to check it out as one of the many exciting projects that will be available streaming on the Disney streaming service.