Disney+: How Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi Show Fits Into the ‘Star Wars’ Timeline

So what did Obi-Wan Kenobi do in all that time between when he delivered Luke to Tatooine and when he found Luke again after scaring away sandpeople who had just attacked the kid?

We’re about to find out, thanks to Disney+. Kathleen Kennedy, the chief of Lucasfilm and the creative director of the Star Wars franchise, announced at D23 that Ewan McGregor would reprise this prequel trilogy role in a new series for the Disney streaming service. 

Ewan McGregor and Kathleen Kennedy
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What will the new show be about?

The details we’ve already mentioned represent most of the available knowledge about the show. We don’t even have a premiere date — we just know that the show is “coming soon.”

The official Lucasfilm release said the new series would take place “eight years after the events of Revenge of the Sith, where we last saw Obi-Wan delivering the infant Luke Skywalker to his Tatooine homestead.”

That would mean the series takes place 11 years before the Battle of Yavin and Luke Skywalker will be an 8-year old boy during its events — roughly the same age his father Anakin was in The Phantom Menace. History tends to repeat itself, especially in a galaxy far, far away. 

Certainly one of the interesting themes the series could deal with is coping with failure. Fans have noted that Alec Guiness’ Obi-Wan looks significantly older than Ewan McGregor’s would have been.

However, it could be argued that the weight of defeat prematurely aged the Jedi, who would be trying to process a lot of the same feelings the Avengers were dealing with after Thanos’ snap.

What have other Star Wars stories said about Obi-Wan?

When Disney took control of Lucasfilm, the hundreds of extended universe stories that had been told were declared not be to be canon any longer, but some of the blanks were filled in by Star Wars Rebels. Kenobi’s history between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope involved Maul, the demonic-looking Sith apprentice. 

Fans who only know the movies might think, wait a minute — how can this be when Obi-Wan cut Darth Maul in half in the prequels?

Solo: A Star Wars Story provided one clue, with a hologram revealing that Maul was still alive. This is what Star Wars’ official Kenobi biography says: 

“Maul wanted vengeance, and battled Obi-Wan on numerous occasions, eventually killing Obi-Wan’s former love Duchess Satine in revenge. Obi-Wan was shattered, but like a true Jedi, did not give in to anger or hate … A young Padawan named Ezra Bridger came to Tatooine in search of Obi-Wan, believing he was the key to destroy the Sith. But it was all a ploy by Maul to draw Kenobi out, and it worked. Maul had also come to the desert planet, seeking his final revenge against Kenobi.”

So would the new Obi-Wan show recap what was shown in Rebels, or are we getting an entirely new, heretofore unseen story? Who knows, perhaps The Rise of Skywalker will provide a clue, even though these events take place after everything else mentioned.

At the very least, maybe we’ll find out that those strong with the Force, like say, Palpatine, can’t be killed by falling down a long shaft. His laugh in the trailer means he’s alive, right?

What other Star Wars shows will we get on Disney+?

Besides the Obi-Wan series, Lucasfilm is working on two other shows for Disney+. First up will be The Mandalorian, overseen by Jon Favreau of Iron Man and Elf fame. That will premiere in November when Disney+ launches. That series “follows the travails of a lone bounty hunter in the outer reaches of the galaxy after the fall of the Empire,” according to Lucasfilm.

Also in development are a continuation of the popular Clone Wars animated series, plus a new series featuring the Rogue One characters Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) and security droid turned rebel hero K-2SO. So that will be a prequel to a prequel that filled in an A New Hope plot hole.