The Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney+ Series Is Rumored To Be Casting For These Iconic ‘Star Wars’ Characters

Disney+ is a powerhouse streaming site, creating content with its vast catalog of titles they own. They’re revamping nostalgia in new ways. And one of the upcoming stories from the Star Wars galaxy will focus on none other than legendary Jedi, Obi-Wan Kenobi. And a couple of familiar faces might pop up in the show, too.

Ewan McGregor waves on stage at Disney’s D23 EXPO 2019 for the 'Untitled Obi-Wan Kenobi Series.'
Ewan McGregor on stage at Disney’s D23 EXPO 2019 for the ‘Untitled Obi-Wan Kenobi Series’ | Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney

Ewan McGregor is coming back as Obi-Wan Kenobi

Announced at Disney’s D23 Expo in August, an Obi-Wan Kenobi show is coming to the streaming platform. It’ll star Ewan McGregor as the Jedi Knight, a role he played in all three prequels. McGregor’s journey as the Jedi Master started when Kenobi was just a Padawan to Liam Neeson’s Qui-Gon Jinn. It ended when his Padawan and dear friend, Anakin Skywalker, destroyed the Jedi Order.

Now that it’s been 15 years since McGregor last played this part in Revenge of the Sith, the time difference will serve him well. McGregor told Men’s Journal in October, “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.” Guinness was still older when he starred in A New Hope in 1977 than McGregor is now, but the sentiment is still there. He wants to portray Obi-Wan at a different point in his life than where he was in Episode III

It was hard for McGregor to keep it his return a secret

Disney has been planning this show since 2015. As Collider reported, McGregor told Jimmy Kimmel that it “got difficult” to keep this colossal thing a secret for this long. “I was brought up, to tell the truth, and I was in a situation where I wasn’t really allowed to,” McGregor said. “…There’s this overwhelming amount of speculation online and on social media.” He stated that when spin-offs started happening, the questions were more persistent. 

I was talking to Lucasfilm and Disney about that, but of course, I couldn’t say that I was. So I’d have to go, “Well, you know if they wanted to do one I’d be quite interested in doing it,” and it started to look a bit like I was just trying to get the part—which for a man of my standing was quite humiliating.

McGregor on Jimmy Kimmel

Regardless of what fans thought, the six one-hour long episodes are coming sometime in 2021, so there’s still a bit of a wait. But the scripts are written, and Deborah Chow is directing it all. Chow also directed two episodes of The Mandalorian

The show might introduce a younger Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa

According to Reddit user u/Sidon_Ithano, Lucasfilm is casting a younger Luke Skywalker for the series, according to insider DanielRPK. “According to RPK, the series will show Obi-Wan meeting Luke for the first time since handing him over to Owen and Beru,” they write. As the user also notes, that source is just a rumor and not confirmed, but it makes a ton of sense. Obi-Wan is on Tatooine to watch over Luke, so even if you see an eight-year-old Skywalker from a distance, it’s on par with what we know the show is about.  

There was also a casting call for a girl around that age that fits Princess Leia’s description as well, according to GeekTyrant. It’s all based on a casting call, but fits the time frame and characters. While she lived as Bail Organa’s daughter on a different planet than Luke, it’s possible Kenobi (or the show) visits Alderaan, and we’ll get to see her as a child, too. 

According to McGregor, the show finds Obi-Wan at a difficult time. It’s eight years after Revenge of the Sith, and he has a lot of lingering feelings about what went down. “It will be interesting to take a character we know in a way and show him—Well, his arc will be quite interesting, I think, dealing with the fact that all the Jedi were slaughtered with the end of Episode III,” he told Men’s Journal. “It’s quite something to get over.”

Whether these rumors end up being true, the Obi-Wan Kenobi series seems like it’ll be a crowd-pleaser. If only for the fact that McGregor is coming back.