Obi-Wan Kenobi will face a new challenge when it debuts next month.
Disney+ announced Thursday that it is changing the premiere date of the Star Wars limited series to May 27th — just two days later than originally planned. As mentioned by star Ewan McGregor in the above video, the date change comes with a bonus episode of the show. The move undoes Loki’s (Tom Hiddleston) pronouncement that Wednesdays are the new Fridays, but it also makes the middle-of-the-week available for Marvel projects like Ms. Marvel, which is scheduled to debut on June 8.
And, as many online have noticed, the new release date puts the show in direct opposition to the return of Netflix’s Stranger Things, which will release the first half of Season 4 on the same day. Of course, it’s hard to measure success in the streaming world with both platforms reticent to release raw viewing figures. Perhaps the battle will be waged online via social media. Perhaps we’ll encounter dueling press releases about nebulous record-breaking performances. Either way, it is very much the first time Netflix and Disney+ will be courting the eyeballs and mindshare of viewers with high profile projects at the same time.
We, of course, will find time for both.
Obi-Wan Kenobi picks up ten years after Star Wars: Episode III -Revenge of the Sith. The exiled Jedi Master continues his vigil over young Luke Skywalker. But when Sith Inquisitors arrive on Tatooine, Obi-Wan must leave the planet on another adventure that may bring him face-to-mask with his former pupil, Darth Vader (Hayden Christensen). Besides the two stars, Joel Edgerton and Bonnie Piesse return as Owen Lars and Beru Whitsun while Rupert Friend and Moses Ingram debut as the Grand Inquisitor and junior inquisitor Reva, respectively.
Obi-Wan Kenobi debuts with its first two episodes on May 27th on Disney+