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Disney Plus' Obi-Wan Kenobi series finds new writer in John Wick producer Joby Harold

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After being put on hold, the Disney Plus (opens in new tab) Obi-Wan Kenobi series is back on track with Joby Harold on board to write the Star Wars series. This is the way.

Following various production changes and delays, the series looks set on a steady path. The Hollywood Reporter (opens in new tab) has confirmed that Harold – who acted as executive producer on John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (opens in new tab) and Edge of Tomorrow (opens in new tab) – will be overseeing the script. The Hollywood jack-of-all-trades also co-wrote King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (opens in new tab) and Zack Snyder’s upcoming Netflix movie Army of the Dead. (opens in new tab)

Fans grew concerned when the series was put on hold (opens in new tab) earlier this year. Rumours circulated that early scripts were a little too similar to The Mandalorian (opens in new tab), with Obi-Wan and a young Luke Skywalker mirroring Din Djarin taking care of “The Child”, AKA Baby Yoda. However, Ewan McGregor was quick to dispel any negative speculation, telling IGN (opens in new tab): "I’ve read about eighty, ninety percent of what they’ve written so far, and it’s really, really good. It often happens in projects, they just wanted to push it to next year. Nothing more dramatic than that.” And a Jedi never lies.

The Mandalorian

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Deborah Chow, who directed two fan-favourite episodes of The Mandalorian (opens in new tab), is set to direct the upcoming Obi Wan adventure. LucasFilm boss Kathleen Kennedy said of the series in 2019: “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."

While production has likely paused for the time being due to the ongoing Coronavrius pandemic, it’ll no doubt be worth the wait. In the meantime, get stuck into the best new movies and shows on Disney Plus (opens in new tab) right now.

Millicent Thomas
Millicent Thomas

Millicent Thomas was once a freelance games and film journalist, writing for publications including GamesRadar, Total Film, Space.com, GamesIndustry.biz, Wireframe, Little White Lies, Culturess, SciFiNow, and more. She is now in international PR and marketing for Ubisoft.