Obi-Wan Kenobi is getting his own Disney+ streaming series. The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that The Phantom Menace star is in negotiations to reprise his role as the Jedi Knight in a forthcoming series.
This will be the third Star Wars show being prepped for the upcoming streaming service, which launches November 12. Plans for a Boba Fett movie were re-shaped into The Mandalorian, from executive producer and director Jon Favreau. The other series is the untitled prequel show to 2016's Rogue One, set to feature Rebel Alliance officer Cassian Andor (Diego Luna).
Before Solo: A Star Wars Story failed at the box office, Disney/Lucasfilm had an ambitious slate of character-driven prequel-y films ready to go based on some of our favorite Star Wars characters (see above). After Solo bombed, development of those films was quickly cancelled and now seemingly repurposed in some form for Disney+.
With an Obi-Wan series happening, it's possible that the Scene 38 remake of the last battle between Kenobi and Vader helped sell Disney on the fact that fans still want to see the crazy old wizard back in action.
While we are still waiting on plot details, it is likely that the new show will presumably cover the time between when Kenobi left a newly born Luke Skywalker with his Aunt and Uncle on Tatooine, to when he meets up with the young Luke in Star Wars: A New Hope.
That's roughly a 19 year time period, and what could be interesting is if we'll get more background on the Hutts and their organized crime syndicate, maybe some smuggler activity, and why Kenobi considers the Mos Eisley Space Port "a wretched hive of scum and villainy."
Plus the whole idea is to maintain a low profile and keep the young boy off the radar of Emperor Palpatine and Luke's father Anakin, aka Darth Vadar. In A New Hope, though, you get the feeling that Luke and Ben know each other, at least casually, and I wonder if we'd also see a very young Luke interact with Kenobi from time to time. That could be fun. It also would be interesting to revisit Ben's romance with Mandalorian duchess Satine. With the Jedi Order gone, there would be nothing stopping Kenobi from having a life with her, and maybe, just maybe, there could be a bittersweet hint of Rey's lineage.
Here's hoping Disney's D23 Event will shed some more official details on this hotly-anticipated series.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter