Lucasfilm is staying in-house for the architect of their Obi-Wan Kenobi series. According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Mandalorian director Deborah Chow will helm the Disney+ project.
In late August, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy took the stage at D23 to announce the return of a fan-favorite Star Wars character. Ewan McGregor, who portrayed Obi-Wan in all three prequel films, will be reprising his role in a six-episode series on Disney’s upcoming streaming service. Chow will tackle the project, which is set to begin production next year.
“We really wanted to select a director who is able to explore both the quiet determination and rich mystique of Obi-Wan in a way that folds seamlessly into the Star Wars saga,” Kennedy said about the hire. “Based on her phenomenal work developing our characters in The Mandalorian, I’m absolutely confident Deborah is the right director to tell this story.”
Chow is best known for helming episodes of Netflix’s Jessica Jones. Her other directing credits include Mr. Robot, American Gods, and the Breaking Bad prequel series Better Caul Saul. Chow is also apart of a star-studded group of directors that will oversee Disney+’s The Mandalorian, which includes Taika Waititi, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Rick Famuyiwa.
In addition to starring in the Obi-Wan series, McGregor will serve as an executive producer alongside Kennedy, Tracey Seaward, and John Swartz. Drive scribe Hossein Amini will pen the script.
The currently untitled series will pick up after the events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. During the near-two decade gap between Episode III and the original film, Obi-Wan was living on Tatooine as he looked over Luke Skywalker, who was in the care of his aunt and uncle. The Disney+ series is sure to help fill in the missing time with an adventure that has a classic Star Wars feel.
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