After years of rumours about a potential return — in movie form — it seems like Ewan McGregor will once again don his Jedi robes. But not for the big screen. Instead, he’s allegedly coming to Disney’s ever growing streaming service.
Earlier today, Cinelinx reported that McGregor had signed a deal with Lucasfilm to reprise his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi — the character he inherited from Alec Guinness for the three Star Wars prequel movies — but now Deadline reports that McGregor’s return will be headlining a new series on Disney+. Gizmodo has reached out to Disney for comment on the report, and will update this post if we hear from them.
If true, the Obi-Wan series would be the third Star Wars live action series coming to Disney+, which is set to launch with Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian this November, and will be joined by a prequel series starring Rogue One’s Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk as Rebel spy Cassian Andor and his droid accomplice, K-2SO, respectively.
No further details about the show were announced, but it has long been presumed that any Obi-Wan project would follow the Jedi in his exile after the end of Revenge of the Sith, watching over the young Luke Skywalker from a distance to ensure a new hope rises in the galaxy far, far away.
Disney is set to reveal more about its plans for the future, on Disney+ or otherwise, at next week’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, California. If the Obi-Wan show is going to be officially confirmed any time soon, it’s likely there.