Disney+ Drops a Brand New Trailer for Obi-Wan Kenobi!
Ever since it was first announced that Disney+ would be producing a brand-new six-episode Star Wars miniseries called Obi-Wan Kenobi that would finally bring the highly acclaimed Ewan McGregor back to his iconic role from the prequels, excitement amongst the fandom has been high. And now a brief teaser trailer has finally dropped, full of tantalising footage and clues as to what we might see when the series finally debuts this May.
Although the Star Wars prequels are extremely controversial, with opinion on them largely divided, one thing that most fans have always agreed on is how excellent Ewan McGregor was in his taking over the role of the younger Obi-Wan Kenobi from the legendary Sir Alec Guinness in the original trilogy. If anything, a lot of the complaints centred on the quality of the material McGregor was given to play, as well as the rather limited amount of screen time he always seemed to have.
Now, 17 years after the final prequel film, Revenge of the Sith, debuted in May 2005, the situation is finally getting the chance to be rectified with six episodes of television that will presumably almost fully focus on Obi-Wan and Ewan’s performance.
The still rather sketchy synopsis Disney+ released reads as follows: ‘The story begins 10 years after the dramatic events of “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith” where Kenobi faced his greatest defeat: the downfall and corruption of his best friend and Jedi apprentice, Anakin Skywalker, turned evil Sith Lord Darth Vader.’ During that time, as far as we knew, Obi-Wan was staying in hiding on Tatooine. However, the newly dropped trailer indicates that things may not have been that simple after all.
While we certainly get clips of Obi-Wan on Tatooine, seeming to live the hermit life, as well as keep his eye on a young Luke Skywalker, we also see him travel to another planet apparently called Daiyu, where trouble seems to be following him. We also get appearances by the Inquisitors, who are the Empire’s Jedi hunters, namely Reva (Moses Ingram, The Queen’s Gambit), two characters who first debuted on the animated series Rebels, the Grand Inquisitor (Rupert Friend, The Death of Stalin), and the Fifth Brother (Sung Kang, The Fast and the Furious films), and an appearance by Indira Varma (Game of Thrones) as an Imperial officer.
Another big surprise is the return of Joel Edgerton as Owen Lars, Luke’s uncle. Edgerton first played the younger version of the character all the way back in Attack of the Clones in 2002 and then returned in Revenge of the Sith, his entire role in both adding up to essentially seconds of screen time. Given that, it’s quite the testament to this production’s desire for continuity that they brought him back.
This is particularly interesting when coupled with the information Disney had already revealed that after all this time, Hayden Christensen, who played Anakin in the prequels, would be returning to the role of Darth Vader in Obi-Wan Kenobi. This trailer opts to not yet show any of his role in the series, so we’ll have to wait longer to get more details on that, however it does include some tantalising Darth Vader breathing to get us pumped up for that reveal.
Something else to get excited about are the pieces of John Williams’ music that appear in the trailer. The legendary composer has already been confirmed as having been brought on board to write and record the score for the new series, which again reiterates the desire for quality they’re reaching for, given he’d already announced he wouldn’t be doing any future Star Wars films.
Anticipation is high, but thankfully, we don’t have too long to wait. Obi-Wan Kenobi debuts on Disney+ on 25 May.
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