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"You have my word. Although, I know the word of liar and a fake Jedi may not mean much to you."
"It's good enough for me."
―Haja Estree and Obi-Wan Kenobi[3]

Haja Estree was a human male con artist who worked on the world Daiyu during the reign of the Galactic Empire. In 9 BBY, Estree ran a scam on Daiyu where he told people he was a Jedi and helped those in need, in exchange for credits for his services. He partnered with the young boy Jayco who would find clients and lead them to Estree. Estree helped a mother and her son get off Daiyu, while Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi watched. Kenobi approached Estree and told him he required his services in finding a missing girl. Estree agreed to help after Kenobi uncovered his scam, and led Kenobi to a spice den.

Later, when the Inquisitor Third Sister put a bounty on Kenobi, Jayco informed Estree of the bounty and they went to go locate him. Estree found Kenobi and Organa, but not before bounty hunter droid 1-JAC came up behind the pair. Estree shot 1-JAC and helped Kenobi get to a cargo transport that would lead to the planet Mapuzo. Kenobi reluctantly agreed, and Estree informed him he was not alone, and said he would try to delay the Inquisitors as long as possible. Estree found the Third Sister in an alley, but she quickly realized he wasn't a Jedi, before probing his mind for Kenobi's location.

Now wanted by the Empire, Estree headed for the planet Jabiim, where he regrouped with members and refugees of The Path as well as Kenobi and Organa. Estree watched over Organa at the request of Kenobi after the latter had went on to face the Third Sister. After the Imperial raid on the facility and the subsequent escape from the planet, the members of the Path fled from the Devastator and Sith Lord Darth Vader, Kenobi decided to part ways with the Path to buy them time, and Estree promised he would get Organa back home. Estree also comforted Organa after she grew angry with Kenobi for leaving her.

Biography[]

Con artist with morality[]

"This is a Jedi mind trick. Do not be alarmed. I'm inside your mind."
―Haja Estree imitates a Jedi[1]

Haja pretends to use a Jedi mind trick.

During the reign of the Galactic Empire, Haja Estree resided on the planet Daiyu, working as a con artist and posed as one of the Jedi,[1] Force-sensitive peace-keepers who were hunted by the Empire after it destroyed their Jedi Order[4] in 19 BBY.[5] Helping those in need in return for a sum of credits, his performance of a Jedi included using remotes to close the shutters of his building and magnets to summon his comlink to create an illusion of using the Force. The con man also employed the help of the boy Jayco as well a contact at a spaceport on Daiyu who he could pretend to use a Jedi mind trick on over his comlink and "convince" them to give individuals safe passage through the port.[1]

In the meantime, Estree maintained ties with[1] a network that used a series of safehouses to smuggle real Jedi, who were thus fugitives of the Empire, to Jabiim to receive new identities to go into hiding. He notably had contact with Tala Durith, an Imperial officer on the mining planet Mapuzo who had become disillusioned with the Empire and chose to help with the network.[2]

Meeting Kenobi[]

"You're not gonna tell anyone, are you?"
"That depends on what you tell me."
―Haja Estree and Obi-Wan Kenobi[1]

In 9 BBY,[6] Estree helped the Force-sensitive boy Corran and his mother flee Daiyu, pretending to mind trick his contact into letting the pair through to a transport to the planet Corellia at Gate 3-C. Corran's mother complimented Estree's apparent Force abilities and paid him all of their credits as payment for his services. When she promised to never forget Estree, the fake Jedi stressed that she must as his safety depended on it. Estree then urged Corran and his mother away to their transport before informing his contact that he would take a quick break once the pair had left.[1]

Obi Wan uncovers Haja's scam.

Unbeknownst to Estree, former Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi had been led to his lair by Jayco and was watching the encounter from the edge of the room. Kenobi revealed himself, claiming that he was looking for a Jedi. Estree asked how his visitor had gotten into the room, but Kenobi continued, specifying that he was looking for a kidnapped girl,[1] the Alderaanian Princess Leia Organa.[4] Estree introduced himself as a Jedi and explained that he helped people in need in return for credits, asking for a sum of 800 credits to locate and take Kenobi to the girl. The fake Jedi also offered Force tricks for a total of a thousand credits, only for Kenobi to raise a blaster pistol to his chest and reveal his magnetic devices.[1]

Having been found out by Kenobi, Estree asked if his visitor would tell others about his con, leading the fugitive Jedi to blackmail the con man into helping him find Organa. Estree immediately agreed, promising Kenobi that he could be trusted. The con man thus pointed Kenobi in the direction of a nightclub where a hidden spice den was located. Using Estree's information, the Jedi infiltrated the spice den and extracted Organa. However, the Third Sister, a member of the Empire's Jedi-hunting organization the Inquisitorius, had also arrived to hunt Kenobi, and chose to send out a bounty on the Jedi across Daiyu's city to help find her target.[1]

Making amends[]

"Go to these coordinates. They'll help you from there."
"And how do I know this isn't just a trap?"
"What choice do you have?"
―Haja Estree offers to help Obi-Wan Kenobi[1]

Haja encounters the Third Sister in an alley on Daiyu.

Jayco went and informed Estree about Kenobi's bounty, revealing to the con man who the visitor really had been. Estree called it embarrassing that they had missed out on the bounty and took up a blaster to go and find Kenobi. In reality, Estree wanted to help get Kenobi to the anti-Imperial network on Mapuzo. The con artist caught up with his old visitor and Organa at an alleyway near the spaceport, gunning down the bounty hunter droid 1-JAC before it could attack the pair. Kenobi believed Estree was coming for his bounty, but the con man instead gave him instructions to go to an automated cargo port and use a Tracking fob to take transport eight to Mapuzo.[1]

Kenobi asked Estree how he could trust him since he was a criminal, and Estree replied that he had made bad decisions, but he wanted to make amends. He added that he got the family to safety, and he would do the same for Kenobi, adding that he would stall the Inquisitors as long as he could. Estree then cornered the Third Sister in an alley, continuing his act as a Jedi. The Inquisitor quickly figured out he wasn't one, but still knew where Kenobi was. She probed his mind with the Force and found where he had sent Kenobi, leaving Estree in the alley.[1]

Escape from Jabiim[]

"You're going to fight him?"
"He expects me to surrender. He knows I'll do everything I can to protect these people."
―Obi-Wan Kenobi and Haja Estree before Kenobi surrenders on Jabiim[7]

Following his encounter with the Third Sister, Estree became wanted by the Galactic Empire and arrived on Jabiim. When Kenobi arrived with Kawlan Roken—a member of the Path—from rescuing Organa from the Inquisitors' fortress, Kenobi greeted Estree who informed him that he had no where else to go. Estree also joked that now he knew what it felt like being a real Jedi, and that The Path headquarters was a good place for business. After the Imperial Star Destroyer Devastator—the flagship of Sith Lord Darth Vader—arrived over Jabiim, Estree worked with the other refugees locking down all the entrances of the facility. Kenobi later asked Estree to keep an eye on Organa while she delved into the vents trying to open the main hangar door, to which Estree replied that he was not a babysitter, but had no choice but to agree as Kenobi was called away.[7]

Obi Wan hands Haja his belongings before surrendering to the Third Sister.

Following the Imperial raid on the facility, Kenobi agreed to surrender to the Third Sister and Vader, which prompted the former con-man to ask if he was going to fight Vader. Kenobi replied that Vader knew he would to anything to protect the refugees, and handed Estree his lightsaber, blaster, and imagecaster, once again asking Estree to keep an eye on Organa. After Organa opened up the hangar bay doors, Estree dropped Kenobi's imagecaster while running to the transport, which was later found by the Third Sister.[7] Aboard the transport—with a failed Hyperdrive and in pursuit by the Devastator— Kenobi decided he would part ways with the refugees as it would give Roken time to fix the ship and escape, much to Organa's anger. Estree advised Kenobi to give Organa some space, and promised he would get her home to Alderaan as soon as Kenobi was clear. Estree also spoke to Organa, consoling her before Kenobi returned to speak to her and say his farewells.[3]

Personality and traits[]

"Look, have I made a few bad decisions? Sure. Do I feel bad about it? Sometimes. Do I like credits? Yeah. So much stuff you can buy with credits."
―Haja Estree[1]

As a criminal, Estree's motivations for his scam was to attain more credits. He enlisted the help of Jayco who found potential clients and led them to him, using magnets and remotes to sell his fake Jedi scam. Estree carried a fake lightsaber at his hip on the outside of his robes, whereas most Jedi concealed their lightsabers underneath their robes. He later decided to help Kenobi's escape, saying that he wanted to make amends. Estree had black hair and light colored skin.[1]

Equipment[]

"What do you know of the Force, my friend?"
"Just that it's a bunch of remotes and magnets."
―Obi-Wan Kenobi uncovers Haja Estree's ruse[1]

Estree used a series of remotes to close the shutters of the building to make it look like he was using the Force, as well as magnets to summon his comlink. He also carried a fake lightsaber on his hip. He owned a blaster pistol that he was capable with.[1]

Behind the scenes[]

"His name is Haja, and he's this guy who works on the streets of Daiyu, which is this new Star Wars location that we haven't seen before that's absolutely gorgeous. And he's the guy who's worked really hard to stay out of the bigger conflicts at play. He just kind of wants to be his own guy. Survival for him is all that matters."
―Kumail Nanjiani[8]

Haja was created for the Disney+ television series Obi-Wan Kenobi, and was portrayed by Kumail Nanjiani.[1] He was first mentioned in an interview with Nanjiani,[8] and was first pictured in the teaser trailer for the series, which was released on March 9, 2022.[9] He first appeared in the second episode of the series, which aired on May 26, 2022.[10] Nanjiani described the character as a "street-level con-man guy who then gets embroiled in stuff that's way too big for him".[8]

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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 Obi-Wan Kenobi new series logo.png Obi-Wan Kenobi – "Part II"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Obi-Wan Kenobi new series logo.png Obi-Wan Kenobi – "Part III"
  3. 3.0 3.1 Obi-Wan Kenobi new series logo.png Obi-Wan Kenobi – "Part VI"
  4. 4.0 4.1 Obi-Wan Kenobi new series logo.png Obi-Wan Kenobi – "Part I"
  5. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
  6. "Part I" states that the events of the Obi-Wan Kenobi television series take place ten years after Order 66, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 19 BBY. Therefore, the events of "Part II" of Obi-Wan Kenobi must be set in 9 BBY.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Obi-Wan Kenobi new series logo.png Obi-Wan Kenobi – "Part V"
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Ross, Dalton: Kumail Nanjiani shares first details of Obi-Wan Kenobi con-man character Haja (2022-05-20). Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on March 11, 2022.
  9. SWYTlogo.png Obi-Wan Kenobi | Teaser Trailer | Disney+ on the official Star Wars YouTube channel (backup link)
  10. TwitterLogo.svg Obi-Wan Kenobi (@obiwankenobi) on Twitter: "The time for #ObiWanKenobi has arrived…early. Start streaming the first two episodes on @DisneyPlus TONIGHT at 9PM PT." (backup link)

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