Ewan McGregor fans are sure to be plenty happy about this news! He’ll be returning in one of his most iconic roles, but maybe not in the way you’d expect. Are you ready for this?
If you’re also a Star Wars fan, you’re going to be excited the most: after a disappointing Solo movie, Disney is taking a different turn. Ewan McGregor is in talks to reprise his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi not in a stand-alone movie, but in a brand new series only available on Disney+.
The streaming service is set to launch in November of this year, though there is no way the show will be ready by then.
Disney+ is Disney’s new streaming service that has been in development for a while. Now that Disney owns both Marvel and Star Wars, which are objectively some of the best franchises to own right now, they are getting serious in the movie and TV business.
Their plan is to directly compete with companies like Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon’s streaming service, which all make a ton of money and get millions of views a month. All three streaming giants have seen great success in creating their own content.
This is really an all-in effort from Disney, so while you might think that moving from a movie to a TV show is a downgrade, this is really Disney banking on the show doing well enough to bring in subscribers.
Here’s what we know about the show so far:
Not a lot.
In 2017 it was leaked that Disney was playing around with a Kenobi-based movie that was set to be directed by Stephen Daldry, who has been nominated for an Oscar and handled both The Hours and Billy Elliot.
When Solo: A Star Wars Story did so poorly in theaters, the Kenobi movie was shelved indefinitely while Disney tried to reevaluate what their fan base actually wanted to see.
So far, there is no date for this project and no real talent attached to the project beyond potentially McGregor. We are hopeful to hear more information in the coming weeks, however, as Disney pumps up the hype for Disney+.
Disney is really trying to get their money’s worth of their Star Wars franchise purchase.
Disney has already promised that all of the Star Wars movies will be available to stream on Disney+. In addition, one of the first series to be dropped on Disney+ is supposed to be The Mandalorian, which will follow (shocker) a Mandalorian working outside of the authority of the New Republic.
The Mandalorian will take place a few years after the Return of the Jedi.
A Rogue One series will premier on Disney+ as well, with Alan Tudyk already signed on to reprise his role as K-2SO, but it won’t release until 2021.
Due to fan pressure, we can also look forward to a new season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which was canceled almost immediately after Disney acquired the rights to the Star Wars franchise.
Ewan McGregor has long said he loved playing Obi-Wan Kenobi, and we are excited about the potential that this new show has!