‘The Mandalorian’: Will Fans Get a Crossover Event With the New Obi-Wan Kenobi Series on Disney+?

The Mandalorian Season 1 is over, and avid Star Wars fans have seen Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker by this point, so what’s next? Don’t cancel Disney+ just yet. Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 7 will air in Feb. 2020.

Then we have The Mandalorian Season 2 and The Obi-Wan Kenobi Series on the horizon. Let’s take a look at whether or not the two shows could line up for a crossover event. 

Ewan McGregor
Ewan McGregor | Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

How does ‘The Mandalorian’ fit into the Star Wars timeline of events?

“After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe,” according to the Disney+ synopsis. “The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy, far from the authority of the New Republic.”

With the details Disney+ gives, we can pinpoint The Mandalorian as occurring after Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. There is a large gap between the end of the original trilogy and the beginning of the sequel trilogy.

About 30 years after Episode VI, we meet Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), and Kylo Ren/Ben Solo (Adam Driver) in The Force Awakens. So, we have a nice gap to fill with The Mandalorian in the middle of those two films. The series could go on for years. 

Here’s everything we know so far about the ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi Series’ on Disney+

Rumors about a possible movie or series featuring the beloved Star Wars character, Obi-Wan Kenobi, are always flying around. It feels like this project is ten years in the making. It turns out, Ewan McGregor, kept this secret under wraps for just about four years, and he is so happy that the news is finally out. 

McGregor will reprise his role from 15 years ago as Obi-Wan Kenobi. The president of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, announced at the 2019 D23 Expo that the scripts for the series are written, and filming will begin in the summer of 2020. The only other information we know comes straight from McGregor. 

“It will be interesting to take a character we know in a way and show him,” McGregor told Men’s Journal. “Well, his arc will be quite interesting, I think, dealing with that the fact that all the Jedi were slaughtered with the end of Episode III. It’s quite something to get over.”

He is excited to get back into character, although he is 15 years older. He feels as though the time will be on his side. 

“I want to get closer and closer to how Obi-Wan felt while Alec Guinness was playing him. I feel like I’m grayer and nearer him in age, so it’ll be easier to do that.”

McGregor also let slip that the first season will feature six- one-hour long episodes.

Could there be a crossover event between ‘The Mandalorian’ and the ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi Series’?

Although Star Wars fans are ecstatic for the new series, there is one question that keeps popping up. Now that both shows are going to be on Disney+ around the same time frame, is it possible that there could be a crossover event between them? 

The Mandalorian Season 2 will return in the fall of 2020. The Obi-Wan Kenobi series might wrap up filming by late fall, so it does seem possible. Thanks to McGregor, we know where the new show fits into the Star Wars timeline.

“The storyline sits between Episode III and Episode IV,” McGregor informed Men’s Journal. 

That information gives us a clear answer. The Mandalorian occurs after Episode VI, so it is near impossible for the two shows to cross paths with their current characters. 

For now, Star Wars fans will have to settle for the happy news that The Obi-Wan Kenobi Series is finally coming to fruition on Disney+ in late 2020 or early 2021.