Obi-Wan Kenobi is set to return in a Star Wars limited series on Disney+, but when is the series set and what will its story be? Ewan McGregor is in talks to reprise his role as Obi-Wan, with Disney reportedly developing a TV show about the Star Wars fan-favorite. It's not confirmed yet but, at this stage, seems more likely to happen than not.
Assuming it does happen, then it represents the culmination of a lot of wishing from Star Wars fans. McGregor's Obi-Wan Kenobi is widely regarded as one of, if not the best part of the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy, with even those who aren't fans of the Prequels admitting that the Scot doesn't only do justice to the role first performed by Alec Guinness, but also brings lots of his own charm to a younger version of the character. There have been lots of rumors and reports about a Kenobi movie since then, but with Disney having put such spin-offs on hold after the failure of Solo, his future now lies on streaming service Disney+.
That means we should be getting 6-8 episodes of the Obi-Wan Kenobi series, which will give viewers a lot of time to spend with one of the best Star Wars characters. Fans have long wondered just what Obi-Wan was up to on Tatooine between Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: A New Hope, and that's what the Disney+ series can show.
Obi-Wan TV Show Takes Place After The Prequels
The planned Obi-Wan Kenobi movie was going to be set between Episodes 3 & 4, and it's here that the Obi-Wan Disney+ series will take place, which shouldn't come as any surprise to Star Wars fans. There's a huge gap between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, and it's one Disney has been doing its best to fill since purchasing Lucasfilm back in 2012. From comics and novels to Star Wars Rebels and, of course, anthology movies Rogue One and Solo, the time after the Prequels but before the Original Trilogy has been the most popular setting for new Star Wars canon.
This is really the only time an Obi-Wan Kenobi TV show (or movie) could take place. While there are some other gaps earlier in the timeline, this offers the greatest opportunity given how long it is. Besides, Star Wars: The Clone Wars is already covering him in the Prequel-era, and obviously a series couldn't be set after Star Wars: A New Hope. At the end of Revenge of the Sith, Obi-Wan delivers a baby Luke Skywalker to Owen and Beru Lars, before heading off into exile on the planet himself, which is where we find him at the cinematic beginning of the saga. The time in-between is what the Disney+ series will explore.
What We Know About Obi-Wan's Story So Far
With the rise of the Galactic Empire and the Jedi Purge, Obi-Wan Kenobi's years between Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope were spent in exile on Tatooine, keeping a watchful eye over Luke Skywalker, but also living as a hermit and doing his best to remain hidden, which included not touching his lightsaber and going by the name Ben Kenobi. Because of that, it's often assumed that his years on Tatooine were uneventful, and Star Wars canon has explored some of his time there.
The biggest moment of all played out in Star Wars Rebels, where Maul was able to use Ezra in order to discover that his old nemesis was in hiding on Tatooine. Maul lured Obi-Wan out, and the duo had a final duel, which resulted in Kenobi killing Maul in a surprisingly poignant affair. In his dying moments, Maul asked him if the person he was protecting was the Chosen One who would destroy the Sith, which Obi-Wan, believing Anakin had been forever consumed by the Dark Side, confirmed to be the case.
Although he initially tried to live amongst people on Tatooine, Kenobi eventually had to exile himself because of his Jedi powers, and from then on lived in the Jundland Wastes on Tatooine. In his early years, he visited the grave of Shmi Skywalker, and meditated deeply on the Force, causing the ghost of Qui-Gon Jinn to counsel him. That led to another of the biggest things we know about Obi-Wan's time on Tatooine, which is that it's likely here he learned how to become a Force Ghost, given it's where he communicates with Qui-Gon. Obi-Wan also wrote journals for Luke in preparation for his future training, which documented an encounter with Jabba the Hutt, whereby he stopped him and his thugs from collecting a so-called "water tax" during the Great Drought, which took place roughly 8 years before the Battle of Yavin.
He continued to watch out for Luke, helping him during a run-in with Jabba's thugs, and secretly helping him repair his T-16 Skyhopper by buying new parts and getting them to Luke, so that he could continue to develop his pilot skills. Luke was oblivious to all of this, but Owen wasn't, with he and Obi-Wan Kenobi exchanging words at times over the latter's interference in Luke's life, but the tensions eased when Obi-Wan helped save Owen from the Wookiee bounty hunter Krrsantan.
Star Wars Can Show Obi-Wan Over Several Years
There's a 19-year gap between Star Wars Episodes 3 & 4, which means there's a lengthy period in which the Disney+ series can follow Obi-Wan Kenobi. Since it'd be over 6-8 episodes, rather than just a two-hour movie, then there's a much greater chance to expand the narrative and have it span multiple years, taking us from the end of the Prequels to the beginning of the Original Trilogy.
It can easily encompass the few events we know about during this time, which would involve picking up after the events of Revenge of the Sith, showing him paying his respects to Shmi Skywalker and feeling guilty over Anakin's fall. It can include familiar Star Wars characters, including his run-ins with Jabba the Hutt and him learning how to become a Force Ghost - and simply a better mentor - from Qui-Gon Jinn. It likely won't show his duel with Maul, since Star Wars Rebels is still canon, but then there are numerous other events it could invent. This is a long, largely undocumented period of Obi-Wan Kenobi's life, and there are likely some great stories to tell.
Disney loves its aging technology, so there's a real chance to watch Obi-Wan grow old over the course of the TV show. As we follow his efforts to protect Luke and his uncle and aunt, as well as his other dealings on Tatooine (and maybe even elsewhere), then the Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney+ series can show us how he goes from General Kenobi to the old hermit we meet at the beginning of the Star Wars saga.
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