The long wait for Obi-Wan Kenobi is nearly over.
Disney+ announced Wednesday that the limited series will debut May 25th on the platform. Ewan McGregor returns as the exiled Jedi Master. Ten years after the events of Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith, Obi-Wan spends his days in the Dune Sea keeping a discreet eye on Luke Skywalker. But in the midst of his days on Tatooine, something calls him back to action. Could it be a message from his old pupil? Could it be an issue with Jabba the Hutt? Soon, we’ll have some answers to these questions.
Besides McGregor, the program will feature Hayden Christensen as Darth Vader, Joel Edgerton as Owen Lars, and Bonnie Piesse as Beru Whitsun Lars. Additional cast include Moses Ingram, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell, and Benny Safdie. On the production side are Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Deborah Chow, Ewan McGregor, and Joby Harold.
Chow, an experienced Mandalorian director, has been part of the development team since the project became a television series. But it is also something of a legacy from a planned Obi-Wan feature film. How it will mesh with the existing continuity remains to be seen.
The May 25 premiere date is, of course, significant to Star Wars fans. The original 1977 film debuted in theaters on that day.