‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Writer Says The Show Will Take Place When “The Empire is in the ascendancy.”

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Star Wars fans have been preparing for the Disney Plus release of ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi,’ which stars Ewan McGregor reprising the role of the Jedi outcast ten years after the conclusion of ‘Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.’ The show is being directed by Deborah Chow with a planned release date of May 27th, 2022.

Following the release of the trailer, there has been speculation about the plot details. Series writer and co-executive producer Joby Harold shined a light on the premise and the plot.

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“It takes place 10 years after Revenge of the Sith, in a time of darkness in the galaxy,” Harold told EW in an interview. “The Empire is in the ascendancy. And all the horrors that come with the Empire are being made manifest throughout the galaxy. And the Jedi Order as we know them are being all but wiped out. So everything that was in the prequels has crumbled.”

“Those surviving Jedi, those that do survive, are on the run,” he noted, “and they’re in hiding. And Vader and his Inquisitors are chasing them to the end of the galaxy.”

“Within that hopeless fatalistic world, we find possibly the most famous of all our surviving Jedi in hiding struggling with that faith that defines the Jedi, and wanting to hold onto it and hoping to regain that faith within that sort of hopeless world,” he said.

The Expanded Universe of Star Wars novels explored this era in the Galaxy Far, Far Away, but Disney does not seem to be interested in tapping them for ideas. That being said, they will show Obi-Wan’s transition from Jedi Master of the prequels to the wise sage of the Original Trilogy.

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“Within that environment and that galaxy, his faith is tested,” Harold continued. “And he goes on a journey that allows him to travel from that character that we saw in the last of the prequels, where [McGregor] really felt like he was embodying Obi-Wan Kenobi to a pretty extraordinary degree, and ends with him as the more finished article that Sir Alec Guinness gave to the world in A New Hope. And so in this very specific time in the history of Star Wars, when the Jedi are on run, we get to sort of stand next to and watch Obi-Wan as he runs the gauntlet and has to survive a pretty extraordinary experience.”

Harold went on to say that Hayden Christiansen will share screen time with McGregor playing Darth Vader.


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