For other uses, see Obi-Wan Kenobi (disambiguation).

"Between darkness and defeat, hope survives."
―Teaser trailer[11]

Obi-Wan Kenobi, marketed as Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi, is a live-action television miniseries developed by Lucasfilm. It premiered on Disney+ on May 26, 2022 and concluded on June 22, 2022. The series features Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen reprising their roles from the Star Wars prequel trilogy, respectively Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader. It takes place ten years after Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith.

Official description[]

During the reign of the Galactic Empire, former Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi embarks on a crucial mission. Kenobi must confront allies turned enemies and face the wrath of the Empire.[12]


As a film[]

"It wasn't always going to be a series, not initially. When we first started talking about, that wasn't really in the cards, but everything's changed so much, so quickly. It's really exciting that it is now. I'm really into the idea to be able to tell the story over several hours instead of just one hit. I think it's going to be quite cool."
―Ewan McGregor on how the series evolved from a film[13]
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Ewan McGregor first appeared as Obi-Wan Kenobi in 1999.

In 2013, news was released that The Walt Disney Company-Lucasfilm Ltd. brand was developing several theatrical pictures separate from the core, episodic Star Wars saga, which were later denominated as the Star Wars Anthology Series line.[14] Talks about a potential Obi-Wan Kenobi-centric movie as part of the Anthology series arose, and Ewan McGregor, the actor who played Kenobi in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, was approached to reprise the role.[13] However, McGregor knew about the project as far as back in 2015,[15] and until 2019, he was forced to withhold information in interviews.[16]

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the first installment of the Anthology Series, was released in December 2016 and was well received both critically and commercially.[17] In August 2017, sources from The Hollywood Reporter reported that an Anthology film centered on Obi-Wan Kenobi starring McGregor was in development by Lucasfilm, with Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry in early talks to direct and oversee the project.[18] Joel Edgerton, who portrayed Owen Lars in the prequel trilogy, had previously expressed interest on reprising his role in a spin-off film about Kenobi.[19] Once he was hired to helm the film, Daldry contacted Hossein Amini to talk about the possibility of joining the project.[20]

However, all Star Wars stand-alone spin-off films were put on hold following the lower-than-expected box office returns from Solo: A Star Wars Story, the second Anthology film, in May 2018.[17] Four months later, Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed that Lucasfilm had reevaluated its release schedule in the wake of the poor reception of Solo.[21] It was later confirmed that there will be a hiatus on Star Wars following the release of Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker until 2022.[22] Despite this, former UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was quoted in November 2018 as saying that the filmmakers of the Obi-Wan Kenobi film had proposed shooting it in Northern Ireland.[23] The Hollywood Reporter had previously voted it in a 2016 poll as the most wanted Anthology film by fans.[24]

As a series[]

"I want to get closer and closer to how Obi-Wan felt while Alec Guinness was playing him. I feel like I'm grayer and nearer him in age, so it'll be easier to do that."
―Ewan McGregor on playing Obi-Wan in the series[16]

Stuart Beattie was hired by Lucasfilm to write a script for the Obi-Wan movie.[25] McGregor then participated in a costume test for the planned film.[26] However, at some point in development, the film project turned into a television series instead.[13] Beattie's script—the first of a planned trilogy—served as the basis for the the series,[25] which was officially announced by McGregor and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy at the 2019 D23 Expo after months of rumors and speculation.[10] It takes place ten years after Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith.[10] During the event, it was also revealed that the episodes had already been written and that production would begin in 2020.[27] Amini and Deborah Chow were later announced as showrunners in StarWars.com.[7] Reva, the chief villain of the series, was originally killed off in Beattie's script.[28]

On January 23, 2020, it was reported that the series had been put on hold due to alleged "script problems."[29] However, McGregor later stated that these rumors were exaggerations and that production continued as normal. McGregor further stated that while filming was indeed delayed to January 2021, the series' intended release date would remain unaffected.[30] On April 2, 2020, it was reported that John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum writer Joby Harold was hired to write the series, replacing Amini, who left the project back in January.[31] This was confirmed in 2022, as Kennedy revealed in an interview that she was concerned with the direction of the scripts. She had shut down production in January 2020, and hired Harold to replace Amini.[2] Despite leaving the project, Amini still received writing and story credits for four episodes of the season.[6]

Obi-Wan Kenobi series logo

The original series logo revealed in December 2020

In April 2020, French press release reported that the series was scheduled to debut in 2022.[32] In September 2020, McGregor expected the show to begin filming in spring 2021.[33] On October 9, 2020, Ewan McGregor confirmed while on BBC's The Graham Norton Show that filming was scheduled for March of 2021.[34] On December 10, 2020, more news on the series broke, including confirmation that the series would take place in 9 BBY and the announcement that Hayden Christensen would reprise his role as Darth Vader for the series. The series' logo was also revealed.[35]


"There are certain cultural things that we can understand right away, and culturally specific things design-wise. Like, 'Oh, maybe we shouldn't do this, but this?' Things that, intuitively, we pick up. It's been an absolute joy working with Deb because she gets it. She's very smart and knows what she wants. I really enjoy that collaboration because now, I feel like, for the Obi-Wan series especially, we have an opportunity to bring a richness to it that hasn't been explored. And I'm working with Chung-hoon [Chung], our director of photography, he's brilliant. He has a wonderful eye."
―Doug Chiang[36]

On March 29, 2021, Lucasfilm announced the cast list for the series, which includes Moses Ingram, Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Maree Piesse, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell, and Benny Safdie. Filming began in April.[5]

In late 2020, the series was said to be produced using "The Volume,"[37] a technology previously used for The Mandalorian.[38] On May 19, 2021, it was revealed that veteran Star Wars concept artist Doug Chiang collaborated with director Deborah Chow on the series, making heavy use of different cultures for new designs. At least six department heads are of Asian American heritage, with Chung-hoon Chung serving as the director of photography.[36] Filming wrapped on September 19, 2021.[39] On February 9, 2022, StarWars.com announced that the series would premiere May 25 of that year.[40] The first teaser trailer for the series was released on March 9.[11] It was announced on March 31 that the premiere for the series would be pushed back to May 27, 2022, with the first two episodes premiering together.[41]

On February 28, 2022, the Writers Guild of America West revealed the final writing credits of the season, which includes the previously unannounced writers Stuart Beattie, Andrew Stanton, and Hannah Friedman alongside Joby Harold and Hossein Amini.[6] In a post-series interview with Star Wars Insider, series composer Natalie Holt stated "we didn't have very much time on Obi-Wan Kenobi, as it was a very compressed process," which she stated created "challenges" for herself and Chow while working on the soundtrack. Holt had been hired as composer in December and needed to be ready for music recording by early March.[42]


On February 17, 2022, Variety released an article announcing that composer John Williams would return to the Star Wars universe, writing the main theme for the Kenobi character within the show, but that he wouldn't be scoring the series itself.[43] On April 22 of that year, it was announced that Natalie Holt would be scoring the series, utilizing Williams' Kenobi theme.[8] Additional music for the series was written by William Ross, a longtime Williams collaborator, as well as Peter Nickals, Jon Opstad, and Max Aruj.[9]


Episode Image Title Original Airdate
1 Obi-Wan Kenobi Part I "Part I" May 26, 2022[3]
2[2] Obi-Wan Kenobi Part II "Part II"
3[2] Obi-Wan Kenobi Part III "Part III" June 1, 2022[4]
4[2] Obi-Wan Kenobi Part IV "Part IV" June 8, 2022[4]
5[2] Obi-Wan Kenobi Part V "Part V" June 15, 2022[4]
6[2] Obi-Wan Kenobi Part VI "Part VI" June 22, 2022[4]


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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 StarWars The Galaxy Far, Far Away Just Got A Little Bigger… on StarWars.com (backup link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Inside the 17-year journey to reunite Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen for Obi-Wan Kenobi by Ross, Dalton on Entertainment Weekly (March 10, 2022) (archived from the original on March 10, 2022)
  3. 3.0 3.1 TwitterLogo 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)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 D23 logo Everything New You Can Stream on Disney+ in June 2022 on D23.com (backup link)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.8 StarWars Obi-Wan Kenobi Series to Begin Production in April, Cast Revealed on StarWars.com (backup link)
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 Obi-Wan Kenobi on WGA Directory (February 28, 2022) (archived from the original on April 20, 2022)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 StarWars Deborah Chow to Direct Obi-Wan Kenobi Series Exclusively on Disney+ on StarWars.com (backup link)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 Obi-Wan Kenobi Composer Natalie Holt Reveals "Haunting" Approach by Breznican, Anthony on Vanity Fair (April 22, 2022) (archived from the original on April 22, 2022)
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 9.8 End credits of "Obi-Wan Kenobi"
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Star Wars: Timelines dates the events of Obi-Wan Kenobi to 9 BBY. Therefore, the events of "Part I" must be set in 9 BBY.
  11. 11.0 11.1 SWYTlogo Obi-Wan Kenobi | Teaser Trailer | Disney+ on the official Star Wars YouTube channel (backup link)
  12. DisneyPlusLogo Watch Obi-Wan Kenobi on Disney+ (backup link)
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Exclusive: Ewan McGregor Confirms Kenobi Was Originally One Film on comingsoon.net (October 27, 2019) (archived from the original on June 13, 2020)
  14. StarWars New Spinoff Films Set to Expand the Star Wars Galaxy on StarWars.com (backup link)
  15. Obi-Wan Kenobi: McGregor Kept the Series a Secret Longer Than You Think on Comic Book Resources (October 24, 2012) (archived from the original on January 7, 2020)
  16. 16.0 16.1 Ewan McGregor Is Back on Top—Again by Rapkin, Mickey on Men's Journal (October 24, 2019) (archived from the original on July 27, 2020)
  17. 17.0 17.1 Exclusive: Future 'A Star Wars Story' Spinoffs on Hold at Lucasfilm by Weintraub, Steve on Collider (June 20, 2018) (archived from the original on August 10, 2020)
  18. 'Star Wars' Obi-Wan Kenobi Film in the Works (Exclusive) by Kit, Borys on The Hollywood Reporter (August 17, 2017) (archived from the original on August 5, 2020)
  19. Joel Edgerton Wants to Reprise Uncle Owen in the Obi-Wan Movie on Screen Rant (June 8, 2018) (archived from the original on February 9, 2019)
  20. Hossein Amini Talks The Success Of 'The Alienist', Approaching The Screenplay For 'Drive' & His Upcoming Disney+ 'Obi-Wan' Series (Exclusive Interview) by Fisher, Jacob on discussingfilm.net (November 7, 2019) (archived from the original on April 23, 2020)
  21. Bob Iger Talks Disney's Streaming Service, 'Roseanne,' James Gunn and a Coming 'Star Wars' "Slowdown" by Belloni, Matthew on The Hollywood Reporter (September 20, 2018) (archived from the original on May 11, 2020)
  22. Disney Moves 'Avatar' Sequels, Announces New 'Star Wars' Films by Lang, Brent on Variety (May 7, 2019) (archived from the original on July 27, 2020)
  23. Former UK Foreign Secretary Claims George Lucas Plans to Shoot Star Wars Spinoff Obi-Wan Kenobi Movie by Jirak, Jamie on comicbook.com (November 24, 2018) (archived from the original on August 15, 2020)
  24. Darth Vader Deserves a 'Star Wars' Spinoff (But Not Everyone Agrees) by McMillan, Graeme on The Hollywood Reporter (August 26, 2016) (archived from the original on October 28, 2019)
  25. 25.0 25.1 Obi-Wan Kenobi Movie Trilogy Was Planned Before Disney+ (Exclusive) by Johnson, Nathan on The Direct (June 27, 2022) (archived from the original on July 1, 2022)
  26. Ewan McGregor donned Obi-Wan Kenobi's costume on the set of The Mandalorian by Mercante, Alyssa on GamesRadar+ (October 27, 2020) (archived from the original on October 27, 2020)
  27. StarWars D23 Expo 2019: 8 Things We Learned About Star Wars at the Disney+ Showcase on StarWars.com (backup link)
  28. 'Obi-Wan Kenobi' Killed Off Reva In Original Script (Exclusive) by Johnson, Nathan on The Direct (June 28, 2022) (archived from the original on July 1, 2022)
  29. Exclusive: 'Obi-Wan' Disney+ Series on Hold as Crew Sent Home by Chitwood, Adam on Collider (January 23, 2020) (archived from the original on July 14, 2020)
  30. 'Obi-Wan' Star Ewan McGregor Downplays 'All This Bulls—' About Disney+ Series Delay by Lincoln, Ross A. on TheWrap (January 23, 2020) (archived from the original on July 28, 2020)
  31. Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney Plus Series Enlists Joby Harold as New Writer (EXCLUSIVE) by Otterson, Joe on Variety (April 2, 2020) (archived from the original on July 9, 2020)
  32. Obi-Wan Kenobi Show Given 2022 Release, Cassian Andor Series Still Set To Debut Next Year by Drew, Tom on thedirect.com (April 6, 2020) (archived from the original on August 7, 2020)
  33. Ewan McGregor Says 'Obi-Wan' Series Will Be a 'Standalone Season' (Exclusive) by Kile, Meredith B. on Entertainment Tonight (September 9, 2020) (archived from the original on September 10, 2020)
  34. Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney Plus Series to Begin Filming in March, Says Ewan McGregor by Shafer, Ellise on Variety (October 10, 2020) (archived from the original on October 15, 2020)
  35. StarWars Future Lucasfilm Projects Revealed on StarWars.com (backup link)
  36. 36.0 36.1 36.2 36.3 StarWars Doug Chiang APAHM Interview on StarWars.com (backup link)
  37. Obi-Wan: Ewan McGregor On Why He's So Excited To Return To Star Wars by Travis, Ben on Empire (September 11, 2020) (archived from the original on September 12, 2020)
  38. DisneyGallery-TheMandalorian-logo Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian — "Technology"
  39. Ewan McGregor Teases 'Obi-Wan Kenobi' Series Following Emmy Win For 'Halston': "It Will Not Disappoint" by Grobar, Matt on Deadline Hollywood (September 19, 2021) (archived from the original on September 19, 2021)
  40. StarWars Obi-Wan Kenobi Will Debut May 25 on Disney+ on StarWars.com (backup link)
  41. StarWars Obi-Wan Kenobi to Premiere May 27 with Two Episodes on StarWars.com (backup link)
  42. SWInsider "Parallel Lines" — Star Wars Insider 215
  43. John Williams Returns to 'Star Wars' Universe with 'Obi-Wan Kenobi' Theme (EXCLUSIVE) by Burlingame, Jon on Variety (February 17, 2022) (archived from the original on March 19, 2022)
  44. 44.00 44.01 44.02 44.03 44.04 44.05 44.06 44.07 44.08 44.09 44.10 44.11 44.12 44.13 44.14 44.15 44.16 44.17 44.18 44.19 44.20 44.21 44.22 44.23 44.24 44.25 44.26 44.27 44.28 Obi-Wan Kenobi new series logo Obi-Wan Kenobi — "Part I" credits
  45. 45.00 45.01 45.02 45.03 45.04 45.05 45.06 45.07 45.08 45.09 45.10 45.11 45.12 45.13 Obi-Wan Kenobi new series logo Obi-Wan Kenobi — "Part II"
  46. 46.0 46.1 Obi-Wan Kenobi new series logo Obi-Wan Kenobi — "Part V" credits
  47. 47.0 47.1 47.2 47.3 47.4 47.5 47.6 47.7 47.8 Obi-Wan Kenobi new series logo Obi-Wan Kenobi — "Part III" credits
  48. 48.0 48.1 48.2 48.3 48.4 48.5 Obi-Wan Kenobi new series logo Obi-Wan Kenobi — "Part IV" credits
  49. 49.0 49.1 Obi-Wan Kenobi new series logo Obi-Wan Kenobi — "Part VI" credits
  50. TwitterLogo Rexin Around 🧢 (@rexin_around) on Twitter (September 27, 2023): "[Images of his roles in Obi-Wan Kenobi and Ahsoka] 😏" (content now obsolete; backup link)
  51. TwitterLogo Rexin Around 🧢 (@rexin_around) on Twitter (September 27, 2023): "Unbelievably grateful to get to pop in and experience the magic from time to time. I definitely don't take it for granted 😭❤️ (In response to: collecting canon characters like infinity stones)" (backup link)
  52. TwitterLogo Corey Van Dyke (@Corey_WolfPack) on Twitter (June 15, 2022): "I can’t say enough wonderful things about the people I worked with on Obi-Wan. I got to be in this universe with my love @DreamedOfMagic, some of my best friends @rexin_around, @Prim0Justice, and new friends like @KrystinaArielle! I appreciate you guys so so much ❤️" (backup link)
  53. 53.0 53.1 53.2 53.3 53.4 ILMlogo Obi-Wan Kenobi on Industrial Light & Magic's official website (backup link)

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