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Obi-Wan Kenobi: 10 Behind The Scenes Facts You Didn’t Know About This Star Wars Series

Obi-Wan Kenobi is set to feature six episodes following the exploits of Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi as he hides from Darth Vader and his team of force-sensitive Inquisitors. Based on the previous Star Wars series on Disney+, such as The Mandalorian, we can assume that each episode will be around forty-five minutes to one hour long, giving fans between four and five hours of Star Wars action. However, if previous plans from Lucasfilm and Disney had transpired, Obi-Wan Kenobi could have been a feature film instead of a direct-to-streaming series.

After Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012, plans were put in place for a sequel trilogy as well as a series of standalone anthology movies. These ambitious plans for yearly Star Wars movies were shelved after the financial failure of Solo: A Star Wars Story. Many of these plans, such as a Boba Fett and Obi-Wan Kenobi-led projects would eventually find life on Disney+.

Script Problems

The return, and rematch, of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader, is a huge moment for Star Wars fans and the mythos more broadly. From what audiences have seen thus far in the canon, Obi-Wan Kenobi’s last meeting with Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader was among the volcanic ash of Mustafar in Revenge of the Sith. With Obi-Wan Kenobi set to reunite two of the most important characters in the history of the franchise, it’s not an understatement to say that there is a lot of pressure on Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy and series director Deborah Chow. Indeed the pressure was so large that Kathleen Kennedy pulled the plug on the series temporarily to re-work the scripts, pushing the filming date back by several months.

In an interview with EW, Kennedy revealed that the original hopeful tone of the series didn’t chime with the dark period the series takes place in, between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. Kennedy brought writer Joby Harold on board to take over from lead writer Hossein Amini to re-work the series in a direction more in keeping with the dark tone post-Revenge of the Sith.

Hayden Christensen Watched Clone Wars & Rebels In Preparation For His Return

One of the most exciting things about Obi-Wan Kenobi, besides the return of Ewan McGregor, is the return of his prequel co-star Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader. While Christensen’s portrayal of Anakin Skywalker was one of the most maligned parts of the prequels, Star Wars fans have almost universally grown to embrace Christensen’s portrayal of the character. The positive reception to the prequels has no doubt been helped by the hugely popular and successful animated Clone Wars series, set between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. In preparation for Obi-Wan Kenobi, Christensen brushed up on his character knowledge by binging both Clone Wars and Rebels.

In an interview with EW, Christensen revealed that he did indeed watch Clone Wars and Rebels, stating “It was interesting…They did a lot with these characters in those shows. And they did further explore the relationship. There was interesting stuff there to learn about.” It’s certainly true that Anakin’s fall to the dark side was improved upon by his character’s development in the Clone Wars series. Whether or not fans get any callbacks to the Clone Wars series or any surprise character cameos is still unknown.

The Return of John Williams

There are many reasons why Star Wars is as enduring as it is, the costumes, the timeless storytelling, and the revolutionary special effects are all important reasons why Star Wars became as iconic as it is, but one of the most legendary and recognizable elements of Star Wars is the epic score provided by one of the greatest film composers of all-time: John Williams.

John Williams scored all the numbered entries in the Star Wars series, most recently in The Rise of Skywalker in 2019. Since then, other Star Wars composers have followed in his footsteps, with Ludwig Göransson, in particular, creating an iconic theme for The Mandalorian worthy of the Star Wars name. Obi-Wan Kenobi sees the return of John Williams to Star Wars. Williams is set to score the opening theme of the series, arguably the most important part.

Is Darth Maul Making An Appearance?

One of the quintessential Star Wars moments from the prequels is the epic three-way duel between Obi-Wan, Qui-Gon, and Darth Maul in The Phantom Menace. For years Star Wars fans assumed that Maul perished after being struck in half by Obi-Wan. That was until the Maul returned in the Clone Wars animated series. Since then, Maul’s character has grown and evolved, appearing in multiple Star Wars properties, most notably in a cameo role in Solo: A Star Wars Story. While Maul’s story has concluded in Rebels, there are plenty of places in the Star Wars timeline where the villain can appear.

There were conflicting reports during the production of Obi-Wan Kenobi about whether or not Darth Maul would be appearing in the series. Fans of the series speculated that Maul could be making an appearance after Ray Park (the man responsible for bringing the physicality of Maul to life) posted a picture on Instagram of the iconic Maul devil horns, and tagged it as Tatooine. While the original post has seen removed from the actor’s Instagram, it can be found here on Reddit. The show’s creators have come out and said this isn’t the case, and Maul will not be making an appearance. Whether or not this is a red herring will all be revealed soon.

A Limited Series…Maybe Not

Obi-Wan Kenobi has been billed as a limited miniseries, with six episodes telling a complete story according to series director Deborah Chow. In an interview with EW, lead writer Joby Harold said he imagined the series as a self-contained entity, with a clear beginning, middle, and end. Harold points to the tradition of Joseph Campbell’s hero’s journey, which heavily inspired the original Star Wars movie, as a key point of reference for the series.

When the turn came for Ewan McGregor to answer the question of whether or not fans can expect a second season, the actor was much more enthusiastic. McGregor pointed to the fantastic workplace environment on set as one of his main reasons for wanting to return for another season. No doubt the decision regarding whether or not we’ll set McGregor to don the Jedi robes once more will depend on the fan reception to the series.

Ewan McGregor Had To Re-Learn The Voice Of Obi-Wan

Ewan McGregor’s performance as a young Obi-Wan Kenobi is easily one of the best parts of the prequel trilogy. Taking on the role of legendary English actor Alec Guinness from the original trilogy, McGregor captures the essence of a young Obi-Wan perfectly across three films. When the time came to suit up again as the Jedi knight for the Obi-Wan Kenobi series, McGregor discovered he’d forgotten the Obi-Wan Kenobi voice.

In an interview with On Demand Entertainment (via Youtube), McGregor revealed how, during a screen test with an unknown actor during pre-production, he suited up as Obi-Wan Kenobi but forgot how to do the voice. It’s been more than fifteen years since McGregor last suited up as Obi-Wan Kenobi, so it’s certainly understandable that it would take some time to slip back into the role.

Cinematic Inspiration For The Series

For inspiration in bringing a solo Obi-Wan Kenobi series to the screen, show director Deborah Chow looked to inspiration from classic auteurs of cinema such as Akira Kurosawa, whose work inspired George Lucas with the original Star Wars. Chow, in an interview (via Gamesradar) also name-checked John Hillcoat’s The Proposition and Andrew Dominik’s The Assassination of Jessie James as cinematic inspirations.

Star Wars taking inspiration from Westerns is nothing new. The series has always had a close affinity with the genre, something that can still be seen in The Mandalorian and the archetypal character of the gunslinger Din Djarin represents.

Jason Issacs Expressed Interest In Portraying The Grand Inquisitor In Live-Action Rupert Friend Was Cast

One of the central antagonists of the Obi-Wan Kenobi series is The Grand Inquisitor, played by Rupert Friend. The character previously made an appearance in the animated series Clone Wars and Rebels, where he was voiced by Jason Issacs. During press for the animated film Scoob! back in 2020, Issacs spoke about the possibility of playing The Grand Inquisitor in a possible jump to live-action.

In an interview (via Collider), Issacs expressed interest in the role, particularly after so many animated characters had made the jump to live-action in The Mandalorian. Unfortunately for Issacs, the role eventually went to Rupert Friend.

Will Liam Neeson’s Qui-Gon Jinn Make A Return?

One of the characters most important to the character of Obi-Wan Kenobi is his former Jedi master Qui-Gon Jinn, played by Liam Neeson in The Phantom Menace. Despite meeting an untimely end during his debut appearance, Qui-Gon has remained an important character in the Star Wars universe, even making an appearance in force ghost form in the Clone Wars. Will the character be making a return to live-action in Obi-Wan Kenobi?

Series director Deborah Chow remained tight-lipped in an interview (via Gamesradar) regarding any possible return of Qui-Gon, stating that “Obi-Wan’s going on a journey…There are going to be different people that come into his life. One of the things I was trying to do with this series was to have the legacy, and who is important in Obi-Wan’s life…”. Whether or not Liam Neeson makes a surprise return as the legendary Jedi master is up in the air, but all will be revealed shortly when Obi-Wan Kenobi debuts on May 27th, exclusively on Disney+

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Obi-Wan Kenobi: 10 Behind The Scenes Facts You Didn’t Know About This Star Wars Series

Obi-Wan Kenobi is set to feature six episodes following the exploits of Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi as he hides from Darth Vader and his team of force-sensitive Inquisitors. Based on the previous Star Wars series on Disney+, such as The Mandalorian, we can assume that each episode will be around forty-five minutes to one hour long, giving fans between four and five hours of Star Wars action. However, if previous plans from Lucasfilm and Disney had transpired, Obi-Wan Kenobi could have been a feature film instead of a direct-to-streaming series.

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After Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012, plans were put in place for a sequel trilogy as well as a series of standalone anthology movies. These ambitious plans for yearly Star Wars movies were shelved after the financial failure of Solo: A Star Wars Story. Many of these plans, such as a Boba Fett and Obi-Wan Kenobi-led projects would eventually find life on Disney+.
Script Problems

The return, and rematch, of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader, is a huge moment for Star Wars fans and the mythos more broadly. From what audiences have seen thus far in the canon, Obi-Wan Kenobi’s last meeting with Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader was among the volcanic ash of Mustafar in Revenge of the Sith. With Obi-Wan Kenobi set to reunite two of the most important characters in the history of the franchise, it’s not an understatement to say that there is a lot of pressure on Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy and series director Deborah Chow. Indeed the pressure was so large that Kathleen Kennedy pulled the plug on the series temporarily to re-work the scripts, pushing the filming date back by several months.

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In an interview with EW, Kennedy revealed that the original hopeful tone of the series didn’t chime with the dark period the series takes place in, between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. Kennedy brought writer Joby Harold on board to take over from lead writer Hossein Amini to re-work the series in a direction more in keeping with the dark tone post-Revenge of the Sith.
Hayden Christensen Watched Clone Wars & Rebels In Preparation For His Return

One of the most exciting things about Obi-Wan Kenobi, besides the return of Ewan McGregor, is the return of his prequel co-star Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader. While Christensen’s portrayal of Anakin Skywalker was one of the most maligned parts of the prequels, Star Wars fans have almost universally grown to embrace Christensen’s portrayal of the character. The positive reception to the prequels has no doubt been helped by the hugely popular and successful animated Clone Wars series, set between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. In preparation for Obi-Wan Kenobi, Christensen brushed up on his character knowledge by binging both Clone Wars and Rebels.

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In an interview with EW, Christensen revealed that he did indeed watch Clone Wars and Rebels, stating “It was interesting…They did a lot with these characters in those shows. And they did further explore the relationship. There was interesting stuff there to learn about.” It’s certainly true that Anakin’s fall to the dark side was improved upon by his character’s development in the Clone Wars series. Whether or not fans get any callbacks to the Clone Wars series or any surprise character cameos is still unknown.
The Return of John Williams

There are many reasons why Star Wars is as enduring as it is, the costumes, the timeless storytelling, and the revolutionary special effects are all important reasons why Star Wars became as iconic as it is, but one of the most legendary and recognizable elements of Star Wars is the epic score provided by one of the greatest film composers of all-time: John Williams.

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John Williams scored all the numbered entries in the Star Wars series, most recently in The Rise of Skywalker in 2019. Since then, other Star Wars composers have followed in his footsteps, with Ludwig Göransson, in particular, creating an iconic theme for The Mandalorian worthy of the Star Wars name. Obi-Wan Kenobi sees the return of John Williams to Star Wars. Williams is set to score the opening theme of the series, arguably the most important part.
Is Darth Maul Making An Appearance?

One of the quintessential Star Wars moments from the prequels is the epic three-way duel between Obi-Wan, Qui-Gon, and Darth Maul in The Phantom Menace. For years Star Wars fans assumed that Maul perished after being struck in half by Obi-Wan. That was until the Maul returned in the Clone Wars animated series. Since then, Maul’s character has grown and evolved, appearing in multiple Star Wars properties, most notably in a cameo role in Solo: A Star Wars Story. While Maul’s story has concluded in Rebels, there are plenty of places in the Star Wars timeline where the villain can appear.

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There were conflicting reports during the production of Obi-Wan Kenobi about whether or not Darth Maul would be appearing in the series. Fans of the series speculated that Maul could be making an appearance after Ray Park (the man responsible for bringing the physicality of Maul to life) posted a picture on Instagram of the iconic Maul devil horns, and tagged it as Tatooine. While the original post has seen removed from the actor’s Instagram, it can be found here on Reddit. The show’s creators have come out and said this isn’t the case, and Maul will not be making an appearance. Whether or not this is a red herring will all be revealed soon.
A Limited Series…Maybe Not

Obi-Wan Kenobi has been billed as a limited miniseries, with six episodes telling a complete story according to series director Deborah Chow. In an interview with EW, lead writer Joby Harold said he imagined the series as a self-contained entity, with a clear beginning, middle, and end. Harold points to the tradition of Joseph Campbell’s hero’s journey, which heavily inspired the original Star Wars movie, as a key point of reference for the series.

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When the turn came for Ewan McGregor to answer the question of whether or not fans can expect a second season, the actor was much more enthusiastic. McGregor pointed to the fantastic workplace environment on set as one of his main reasons for wanting to return for another season. No doubt the decision regarding whether or not we’ll set McGregor to don the Jedi robes once more will depend on the fan reception to the series.
Ewan McGregor Had To Re-Learn The Voice Of Obi-Wan

Ewan McGregor’s performance as a young Obi-Wan Kenobi is easily one of the best parts of the prequel trilogy. Taking on the role of legendary English actor Alec Guinness from the original trilogy, McGregor captures the essence of a young Obi-Wan perfectly across three films. When the time came to suit up again as the Jedi knight for the Obi-Wan Kenobi series, McGregor discovered he’d forgotten the Obi-Wan Kenobi voice.
In an interview with On Demand Entertainment (via Youtube), McGregor revealed how, during a screen test with an unknown actor during pre-production, he suited up as Obi-Wan Kenobi but forgot how to do the voice. It’s been more than fifteen years since McGregor last suited up as Obi-Wan Kenobi, so it’s certainly understandable that it would take some time to slip back into the role.

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Cinematic Inspiration For The Series

For inspiration in bringing a solo Obi-Wan Kenobi series to the screen, show director Deborah Chow looked to inspiration from classic auteurs of cinema such as Akira Kurosawa, whose work inspired George Lucas with the original Star Wars. Chow, in an interview (via Gamesradar) also name-checked John Hillcoat’s The Proposition and Andrew Dominik’s The Assassination of Jessie James as cinematic inspirations.
Star Wars taking inspiration from Westerns is nothing new. The series has always had a close affinity with the genre, something that can still be seen in The Mandalorian and the archetypal character of the gunslinger Din Djarin represents.
Jason Issacs Expressed Interest In Portraying The Grand Inquisitor In Live-Action Rupert Friend Was Cast

One of the central antagonists of the Obi-Wan Kenobi series is The Grand Inquisitor, played by Rupert Friend. The character previously made an appearance in the animated series Clone Wars and Rebels, where he was voiced by Jason Issacs. During press for the animated film Scoob! back in 2020, Issacs spoke about the possibility of playing The Grand Inquisitor in a possible jump to live-action.

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In an interview (via Collider), Issacs expressed interest in the role, particularly after so many animated characters had made the jump to live-action in The Mandalorian. Unfortunately for Issacs, the role eventually went to Rupert Friend.
Will Liam Neeson’s Qui-Gon Jinn Make A Return?

One of the characters most important to the character of Obi-Wan Kenobi is his former Jedi master Qui-Gon Jinn, played by Liam Neeson in The Phantom Menace. Despite meeting an untimely end during his debut appearance, Qui-Gon has remained an important character in the Star Wars universe, even making an appearance in force ghost form in the Clone Wars. Will the character be making a return to live-action in Obi-Wan Kenobi?
Series director Deborah Chow remained tight-lipped in an interview (via Gamesradar) regarding any possible return of Qui-Gon, stating that “Obi-Wan’s going on a journey…There are going to be different people that come into his life. One of the things I was trying to do with this series was to have the legacy, and who is important in Obi-Wan’s life…”. Whether or not Liam Neeson makes a surprise return as the legendary Jedi master is up in the air, but all will be revealed shortly when Obi-Wan Kenobi debuts on May 27th, exclusively on Disney+

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