Yesterday, during The Walt Disney Company’s Q1 earnings call hosted by CEO Bob Iger, he reaffirmed that their Kenobi and Cassian Andor shows for Disney+ are still officially moving forward.
IGER: “Then we have a prequel to Rogue One and an Obi-Wan series also in development.”
“So the priority for Star Wars in the short term is going to be television for Disney+ and then we will have more to say about development of theatrical soon after that…”
Actor Ewan McGregor had recently revealed on the red carpet of the premiere of his DC Comics’ film Birds of Prey that his untitled Kenobi series directed by Deborah Chow (The Mandalorian) has had the production start delayed from this summer to January 2021.
This response was coming off the back of multiple reports that Lucasfilm had been unhappy with the scripts that had been developed for the series and were seeking new writers leading to crew members at Pinewood Studios UK being told to go home without being told when they’d return.
McGregor also spoke with GoodMorningAmerica to promote Birds of Prey and stated that pre-production on the Kenobi series will begin in the summer.
MCGREGOR: “We start shooting at the very beginning of next year they’re in pre-production from this summer. There are scripts I’ve read that are really good, they’re continuing to write on them to make them even better. And we start very early next year.”
We don’t have too many details on about the upcoming series but Lucasfilm confirmed back at D23 Expo 2019 that the Kenobi series will take place between the events of the film Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Kenobi and Solo are also both set between the Age of Republic and the Age of Rebellion.
However, we already know at this point in the timeline the character has ditched the Obi-Wan name taken on the alias Ben Kenobi while secretly protecting Luke Skywalker on Tatooine from the Empire and his father Darth Vader.
There is an expectation that we’ll see Aussie actor Joel Edgerton reprise the role of Uncle Owen from the prequels and rumors Lucasfilm will be casting a new actor to play a young Luke Skywalker.
HN Entertainment previously reported that production designer Neil Lamont (Rogue One, Solo) would be working on both Kenobi and the Cassian Andor series.
We should end up getting more information about the series at Star Wars Celebration 2020 which will take place in late August.
Disney and Lucasfilm have yet to officially announce when exactly Kenobi will begin airing on Disney+, but the second season of The Mandalorian is set to begin in October.
SOURCE: DISNEY & GOOD MORNING AMERICA