The teaser trailer for the Obi-Wan Kenobi miniseries has just dropped and the hype train is truly on a roll. Here’s everything we know so far about the upcoming series.
There hasn’t been this much hype for a Star Wars property in a while. The Mandalorian is really the only one that compares and is really the only thing keeping any excitement in the franchise alive after the disastrous Rise of Skywalker. So let’s keep up the hype and look at everything we know so far about the Kenobi miniseries.
Here’s the entire cast:
The roles we know for sure (other than McGregor and Christensen because we all know who they’re playing) are Sung Kang as the Fifth Brother, Moses Ingram as Reva, Joel Edgerton as Uncle Owen, Bonnie Piesse as Aunt Peru, and Rupert Friend as The Grand Inquisitor.
Likely Themes and Plot
The setting, as I’m sure many are familiar with, is placed 10 years after the events of Revenge of the Sith whilst Obi-Wan is in hiding from the Empire and watching over Luke Skywalker.
Hope is brought up a lot in the trailer, so the plot will likely focus on a test of faith for Obi-Wan. How the writers test that faith we can only guess at but given Obi-Wan’s despondent disposition in the trailer and the use of both “Duel of Fates” and “Battle of the Heroes” means that test will likely come in the form of Darth Vader himself or failing that, Vader’s son Luke. Episode Four is called A New Hope after all, so maybe this miniseries will bridge the gap and explain in detail how Kenobi came to believe in this boy as, wait for it, a new hope in the galaxy.
The main antagonists will be the Inquisitors, a group of force-sensitive people and former Jedi turned to the Dark Side to hunt any remaining Jedi that survived Order 66. Obi-Wan will likely be drawn to their cruelty and his need to stop it, at which point the Inquisitors will try to hunt and kill him. When they fail, Darth Vader himself will face Obi-Wan.
One theory posited by Screen Rant, suggest that Reva will be the main antagonist. This is because Inquisitors aren’t supposed to have names, hence Fifth Brother, Third Sister etc. in order to strip their identities and build them back up again as Jedi hunting machines. The fact that her name is Reva suggests that she is a special case who has distinguished herself so greatly that her name has been returned to her. She is described as “ruthlessly ambitious” and maybe she wishes to become the Grand Inquisitor, hence her desire to catch Obi-Wan.
It Won't Just Take Place on Tatooine
In a whole galaxy of planets, with an incomprehensible number of opportunities, it’s shocking how many times our story takes place on Tatooine. It was a big problem with The Book of Boba Fett and while there is a reason to actually be on Tatooine in both cases from a storytelling perspective, we need to go somewhere else.
Thankfully a whole new planet has been introduced! The planet Daiyu, a city planet that was described by Joby Harold to Entertainment Weekly is a little like Hong Kong; “It’s got graffiti-ridden nightlife, and is kind of edgy. It’s just got a different lane and a different feeling.”
Different is good. Why is Kenobi on Daiyu? We can only guess but it is expected to be the sight of a battle between Reva and Kenobi.
Deborah Chow is at the helm of this series and that should give us some confidence. Chow has directed two episodes of The Mandalorian which led Lucasfilm President, Kathleen Kennedy, to call her work “phenomenal” and was convinced that she is the “right director to tell [Obi-Wan’s] story.”
Not only has Chow directed Star Wars properties before but she has also directed episodes in acclaimed series like Better Call Saul, Mr. Robot, American Gods, and Jessica Jones.
When and Where
The series will be available on Disney+ from May 25, 2022 – the 45th anniversary of the first Star Wars film.
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