Obi-Wan Kenobi has been under development for some time, but the highly anticipated series is finally moving towards production! On Monday, the official Star Wars social media account revealed who is joining Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen for the spinoff, and announced that production will begin soon!
Obi-Wan Kenobi casts Kumail Nanjiani, Joel Edgerton, and more
Obi-Wan Kenobi was first announced in 2019, and sees both McGregor and Christensen reprising their iconic Star Wars roles! McGregor is set to star as the titular Jedi, while Christensen will return as "Darth Vader". Now, it has been revealed that Kumail Nanjiani, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Rupert Friend, Indira Varma, Sung Kang, and Simone Kessell are some of the other stars appearing in the series!
Joel Edgerton and Bonnie Piesse have been cast as well, and it's likely they will reprise their Star Wars roles of "Owen Lars" and "Beru Lars". They will also be joined by some newer faces, such as The Queen's Gambit's Moses Ingram, and Uncut Gems star Benny Safdie. While it hasn't been confirmed who the new cast members are playing, this casting news will no doubt have fans intrigued!
Obi-Wan Kenobi to begin filming in April with 2022 debut
Obi-Wan Kenobi was originally set to film in 2020, but ended up getting delayed as the show's creative team sought out new scripts. However, with the full cast announced, the series is now gearing up for production! As Variety reports, Obi-Wan Kenobi will be directed by Deborah Chow— who also directed several episodes of The Mandalorian— and written by Joby Harold.
Specific plot details have been kept under wraps, but the show will take place during the aftermath of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, picking up 10 years later. And while the series— which is the latest in an exciting new slate of upcoming Star Wars projects— is expected to premiere on Disney+ next year, fans will be excited to learn that Obi-Wan Kenobi begins filming in April!