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Everything We Know About the Obi-Wan Kenobi Series

The new trailer for the Obi-Wan Kenobi series dropped this week, and fans are eager to say, "hello there."

On Wednesday, the first official trailer for the "Obi-Wan Kenobi" series dropped. I was in a cynical mood already, so when I clicked play on the trailer I wanted to be unenthusiastic about a character I have loved since childhood. Then, "Duel of the Fates" started playing and dissolved back into sheer fanboy delight; a patch of Tatooine dust on my office floor. 

What We Know, Canonically 

The events of "Revenge of the Sith" and before "A New Hope" span a total of 19 years. Here's what what we know by only paying attention to the films. After Luke is sent as an infant to live with his Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru, Obi-Wan also goes to live on Tatooine to watch over Luke from afar. As a thoughtful Jedi, Kenobi brilliantly changes his name to conceal his identity from "Obi-Wan Kenobi" to "Ben Kenobi." Kenobi is one of my favorite cinema characters of all time but that name change is akin to Clark Kent wearing a thin pair of glasses and everyone not realizing he is Superman. I digress.

As a big fan of the video games series, "The Force Unleashed" I have to give a small nod to that series. It takes place during the same timeline and it shows a Sith character named "Starkiller" hunting Jedi. In the recognized canon timeline and the trailer, we are introduced to "Inquisitors." Imperial inquisitors are exactly what they sound like. They hunt the remaining Jedi after Order 66 exterminated the majority of them. 

What We Know About the Series

The first inquisitor we see is Moses Ingram as Reva. People will recognize her from "The Queen's Gambit" where she stole almost every scene she was in. Also seen in the trailer is the return of Joel Edgerton as Uncle Owen. He also played Uncle Owen in the prequels. It is a blessing to get the actors back in the roles they once played. 

The biggest return that has been confirmed has been Hayden Christensen playing Darth Vader. I distinctly remember Christensen being flamed and grilled for his performance of Darth Vader back during the prequels, but it seemed like the writing and overall mise-en-scène hindered the performance. It's also beneficial that Christensen has aged and can add some sage to the performance. 

"We're going to see a very powerful Vader" — Hayden Christensen 

The Main Attraction

Here's a fun piece of trivia. McGregor is only 13 years younger than Sir Alec Guinness was when he played Old Ben Kenobi. The timeline is working quite well in terms of making McGregor look the appropriate age, except for the fact that McGregor looks pretty young for his age. McGregor put a lot of work into playing Kenobi the first time around, studying Guinness' vocal delivery and speech pattern so that Star War fans would believe they were seeing a young Kenobi in the prequels. 

The Series

Directed by Deborah Chow, who previously helmed two episodes in the first season of The Mandalorian. Jon Favreau will have fewer fingerprints on this series, which seems to be good or bad depending on which Star Wars fans you ask. That's the peculiar aspect about Star Wars fandom that exists—it crosses socio-economic and generational boundaries of fans, so the opinions are both rabid and varied. I tend to ignore all criticism and acclaim when it comes to Star Wars. I want to enjoy it the same way I did when I was a child; for myself.

Obi-Wan Kenobi will be streaming on Disney+ starting on May 25.