D23 Expo 2019: Disney+ 'Star Wars' series on Obi-Wan Kenobi may cross over with Deigo Luna's Cassian Andor show
While we don’t know the exact timeline of the Obi-Wan series, it’s pretty safe to assume that it will take place after the events of ‘Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith’ and ‘Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope’. The untitled Cassian Andor series will also be set during the same time.
‘Star Wars’ fans have been asking to see Ewan McGregor return to the screen as the Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi for a long time. Thankfully, at D23 Expo 2019, those prayers were answered with the announcement that the ‘Trainspotting’ actor would be reprising his prequel trilogy role for a new Disney+ series.
McGregor was on stage with Kathleen Kennedy, the president of LucasFilms at the ‘Star Wars’ panel on August 23 when the announcement was made. "Ewan, are you going to play Obi-Wan Kenobi again?" Kennedy asked and "Yes," came his simple reply, sending the audience into a frenzy.
It will be a while before we get to see the proposed show as the series is yet to begin production. Kennedy confirmed that "the scripts are written, and we begin shooting next year.”
“We can't wait to start production,” she added. “And we have our Obi-Wan."
There’s a strong chance the show could crossover with the ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ prequel series featuring Diego Luna as Cassian Andor and Alan Tudyk as the droid K2-S0. The series was announced back in 2018 and Kennedy confirmed that it will start also be filming in 2020.
While we don’t know the exact timeline of the Obi-Wan series, it’s pretty safe to assume that it will take place after the events of ‘Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith’ and ‘Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope’. This would place our hero at the lowest point in his life, with the Jedi Order’s decimation, the Emperor’s rise to power, and the trauma of being forced to leave Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) for dead after Skywalker’s defection to the Dark Side all weighing heavily on him.
Having the Obi-Wan series set during this particular time period would allow fans to see his transformation from the warrior of the prequel trilogy to the wise monk-like version of the character portrayed by Alec Guinness in the original trilogy. Crossing over with Cassian Andor series would also help further integrate 'Rogue One' into the greater history of ‘Star Wars’, not to mention it would be extremely fun to see McGregor’s Obi-Wan interacting with Cassian and K2.
The next installment of the 'Star Wars' franchise will be the movie 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' coming to theaters on December 20, 2019.