Though he’s not getting an anthology film, fans are still happy that Obi-Wan Kenobi is getting a new story in the form of a Disney+ series. Ewan McGregor is set to make a return, and what’s interesting is, the series has reportedly found its director.
According to StarWars.com, Deborah Chow has been tapped to direct Disney+’s miniseries centering on everyone’s favorite Jedi Knight. Chow actually has a very impressive resume under her belt, working on series like Better Call Saul, American Gods, Mr. Robot, and Jessica Jones. She’s also worked on two episodes of Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian so you can say she’s already part of the Lucasfilm family even before getting hired for this show.
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy also had this to say about Chow coming onboard:
“We really wanted to select a director who is able to explore both the quiet determination and rich mystique of Obi-Wan in a way that folds seamlessly into the Star Wars saga. Based on her phenomenal work developing our characters in The Mandalorian, I’m absolutely confident Deborah is the right director to tell this story.”
Personally, I’m very happy Lucasfilm picked a woman to helm a male-lead film. Though there has been a rise of women directors with the likes of Patty Jenkins, Cathy Yan, and Chloe Zhao, a lot of the films only had women protagonists as well. This is just my opinion, but I think we’ve broken a big barrier when it comes to having a woman at the helm of a non-woman centric project.
No release date has been set for the Kenobi series, but I have a feeling it will be coming to Disney+ sometime in 2021.