Where does Obi Wan-Kenobi fit in the Star Wars chronology?
At the end of Episode III, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, we see Obi-Wan’s apprentice and best friend, Anakin Skywalker, turn to the dark side, becoming Darth Vader.
His twin children, born to Padme, who then dies soon after, are split by Obi-Wan and Yoda, with Leia going to Alderaan to become a princess, and Luke being sent to his step-uncle and aunt. Obi-Wan opts to follow Luke and watch over him from exile until the time is right to challenge the militaristic leadership of the Empire.
And 10 years later is where Obi Wan-Kenobi begins.
Ewan McGregor, who played the younger Obi-Wan, will reprise his role and act as an executive producer on the show.
His age and place in the timeline brings him closer to the original Obi-Wan, played by Alec Guinness in Episode IV.
“We find Obi-Wan at the beginning of our story rather broken, and faithless, and beaten, somewhat given up,” Ewan told Entertainment Weekly.
“There’s a hunger for this character to come back,” he said in a reel for Disney Plus.
“The fans have been waiting long enough.”
Who else will we see in Obi-Wan Kenobi?
The series will also welcome back Hayden Christensen as Darth Vader, and Australian actor Joel Edgerton will return as Owen Lars, Luke’s step-uncle.
Owen’s wife, Beru Whitesun Lars, will be played by another Aussie acting export, Bonnie Piesse.
Moses Ingram, of The Queen’s Gambit fame, will also join as Reva, a new character who makes for a ruthless and ambitious Inquisitor who creators of the show hope will “contribute to the legacy of Star Wars villains in a really interesting way”.
More actors have been cast in roles that are still undisclosed, so we’re excited to see if any younger or older versions of our favourites appear along the way.
When will Obi-Wan Kenobi be released?
Obi-Wan Kenobi has been confirmed for release on May 27, 2022.
Two episodes will come out on that date, and the following four will drop weekly, meaning the finale will premiere on June 22.
Where can I watch Obi-Wan Kenobi?
Star Wars is the domain of Disney these days, so you can catch the series on Disney Plus.
And while you’re there, make sure you catch up on the films and other series to get yourself ready for May 27!