Obi-Wan Kenobi TV Series Star Describes Seeing Darth Vader And Jedi On The Set, And I'm So Jealous

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The Star Wars franchise may be between movies at the moment, but the saga of the galaxy far, far away is going strong on the small screen with some Disney+ series that have already released and more on the way. One of the most highly-anticipated of the upcoming Star Wars series is Obi-Wan Kenobi, which will see Ewan McGregor reprise his prequel trilogy role as Obi-Wan in the flesh for the first time since Revenge of the Sith in 2005. Now, a star who will share the screen with McGregor has opened up about seeing some iconic Star Wars elements on set.

Sung Kang of F9 is making the jump from the Fast & Furious franchise for a role in Obi-Wan Kenobi. While he didn't drop details about the plot of the new show, his description to Rotten Tomatoes of the feeling of being on set is enough to make me more than a little jealous. Here's what Kang had to say:

The feeling that I get on set is: every single crew member, you look in their eyes, and it's like a kid going, 'I grew up watching Star Wars. Like, this is my dream to be here, to see one of the Star Wars characters, or the Darth Vader character or one of the Jedi walking around.' No matter how old they are, it's guys that do my makeup and stuff, and people who do the costumes, and all the set designers. There's this feeling of legacy, and it's like everyone talks about history and why they feel so blessed to be here. And so there's this history, there's this kind of shared spirit and this passion of why we wanted to come into Hollywood, and the connective tissue is all these Star Wars characters. I used to dress up in these Halloween costumes. I had a Darth Vader one and a Luke Skywalker one. It was all put together with duct tape after a while. And the fact that I'm actually on set and they're putting a Star Wars costume on me? Come on, dude. It's like, pinch yourself, right?

Casting news already confirmed that Hayden Christensen is returning as Darth Vader for Obi-Wan Kenobi, and the series is obviously going to feature at least one (but possibly more) Jedi with Ewan McGregor's character in the title role, but Sung Kang's description just makes me want to camp out on the set of the new show. I can't say that I used to wear Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker costumes like Sung Kang, but I'd be lying if I said I never in my life tried out a Princess Leia hairstyle!

It's fun to learn that so many people working on Obi-Wan Kenobi are big fans of the franchise for many years, ranging from the people hard at work behind the scenes to one of the stars himself. Unfortunately, that star didn't dish on what kind of character he'll be playing, as Sung Kang's role in the show is currently shrouded in secrecy. In fact, fans may not want to count on any details about his character leaking until Disney is good and ready for word to get out. I can't be the only one who still isn't over the fact that the Baby Yoda secret somehow went unspoiled, right?

The Obi-Wan Kenobi series is expected to premiere at some point in 2022, but that doesn't mean that Star Wars fans are going to have to wait until next year to see more live-action content from that galaxy far, far away. The Book of Boba Fett that was confirmed at the very end of The Mandalorian Season 2 is on the way before the end of 2021, so that is definitely something for fans to look forward to. For now, there is always plenty of Star Wars content available streaming on Disney+.

Laura Hurley
Senior Content Producer

Laura turned a lifelong love of television into a valid reason to write and think about TV on a daily basis. She's not a doctor, lawyer, or detective, but watches a lot of them in primetime. Resident of One Chicago, the galaxy far, far away, and Northeast Ohio. Will not time travel and can cite multiple TV shows to explain why. She does, however, want to believe that she can sneak references to The X-Files into daily conversation (and author bios).