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Lucasfilm is trying their hand at live-action Star Wars series with Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian, and we know that the next show is going to focus on Rogue One’s Cassian Andor (Diego Luna). Apparently, there were actual plans to make a movie centered on Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi, but plans are now shifting to adapting it into a series instead.
According to Star Wars News Net, Lucasfilm is currently developing a limited Kenobi series which will have six episodes at most. Ewan McGregor is also expected to return as Kenobi, but we don’t know at what point in the timeline the series takes place.
As it turns out, Kenobi was supposed to shoot shortly after Solo: A Star Wars Story released, but the film underperformed, opting Lucasfilm to reconsider their anthology films. Though Rogue One was a success, the movie had admittedly a troubled production—just like Solo. It was probably the best idea to rethink their anthology strategy in order not to lose so much money on reshoots and re-hiring directors.
If anything, Solo was actually pretty well-received by anyone who saw it. Disney CEO Bob Iger even admits that it was his fault for forcing the May release date for the film—having it compete with Avengers: Infinity War which got the best of the marketing.
Though I love the idea of a series, I think movies have more potential for spectacle—which is what these Star Wars movies are for. I’m sure Lucasfilm will do a great job with the show, but unless I see Mandalorian first, I’m going to be weary of getting too excited for an Obi-Wan series.
We should just take all of this as a rumor for now. Hopefully we get a significant update on other films during Star Wars Celebration this coming April.