Ewan McGregor is back as Obi-Wan Kenobi for new Disney+ series

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The Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney+ series has been officially announced at D23 2019 and, yes, Ewan McGregor is back in the robes of the Jedi Master.

News that Kenobi is joining the Disney+ streaming service may not come as the biggest shock. Those who have been following the latest whispers from a galaxy far, far away will know that a “big budget” Obi-Wan series was reported just a week before the official confirmation.

Then, it was only hearsay, but now – in news that will warm the midichlorians of every Star Wars fan from here to Tatooine – a new chapter in Obi-Wan’s journey has been confirmed. The TV show will start shooting next year and all the scripts are written, as announced during today’s Disney+ showcase panel at D23 2019.

At this early stage, not much else is known about the Obi-Wan Kenobi series, aside from the fact that McGregor will make his return. The Scottish actor hasn’t played Obi-Wan Kenobi on screen since 2005’s Revenge of the Sith, but made a brief return in a voice cameo during Rey’s vision in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The actor said during the D23 panel that it was a huge relief to finally be able to admit that they are working on a Kenobi series. Star Wars boss Kathleen Kennedy also confirmed that they will start filming the series next year and that scripts are almost finished.

During the same panel, the first trailer for The Mandalorian TV show was revealed. Watch the trailer here.

Bradley Russell

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