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The long-rumored Obi-Wan Kenobi project may now have new life as a limited series on Disney's soon to launch streaming service, Disney+. Following the last year's disappointing box-office performance of Solo, hopes for a spin-off film based around Obi-Wan seem to have faded, but, SrarWarsNewsNet.com reports Kenobi could, instead, join Cassian Andor and The Mandalorian, as a limited (6 episodes?) series on Disney+, a streaming service said to launch later this year. Of course, until announced by Disney, this should be considered a rumor, for now.

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I would much more racther see a movie trilogy

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And this, from the ‘Milk IT For All It’s Worth’ file... Though, I’d be lying if I said I wouldn’t be watching.

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This could be awesome if Ewan comes in.

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The rumors gain steam again...

 

Ewan McGregor's Obi-Wan To Return In Disney+ Series?

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Sources say Ewan McGregor is in talks to reprise the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi in a series for the upcoming Disney+ streaming service. A Kenobi movie had been rumored for years, but, Solo's disappointing box office seemed to diminish it's chances. Once confirmed, Kenobi will join The Mandalorian and the Cassian Andor series in the Star Wars live-action lineup.
(Source: Variety.com)

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2019 D23 Expo: Video Of Ewan McGregor Confirming His Return As Kenobi

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The rumors were confirmed today at the D23 Expo as Ewan McGregor was announced to return as Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi for a series on the upcoming Disney+ streaming service. . Here's a look at the actual announcement.

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After serving as one of the directors on the upcoming series The Mandalorian, Deborah Chow has now been announced to direct the recently announced series that will focus on Ben "Obi-Wan" Kenobi eight years after the events of Revenge of the Sith. iHossein Amini (The Alienist, Drive) was also named as the writer for the series. Both The MAndalorian and the "Kenobi" series will air on the Disney+ streaming service.

'Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy stated, “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. 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, Amini, and McGregor will serve as Executive Producers alongside Kathleen Kennedy, Tracey Seaward (The Queen) and John Swartz (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story). Jason McGatlin, Lucasfilm’s Executive Vice President Production, will serve as co-producer.
(Source: StarWars.com)

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This is a good move for Disney.  After bombing the Solo movie, it'll be refreshing to thresh out a story over several episodes in order to expound more on the untouched mythology of Obi Wan, not to mention rendering in live action epic scenes and stories from the comics!

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DiscussingFilm.net talks to screenwriter Hossein Amini (‘Drive’, ‘47 Ronin’, ‘Snow White and The Huntsman’ and ‘The Snowman’) about the recently confirmed "Kenobi" series, coming to the Disney+ streaming service. The series is said to be a six-episode limited series, and is scheduled to start filming in July. Like Ewan, Amini had had to remain tight-lipped about the project, but, says he has been involved for almost two years, on and off. You can read more at DiscussingFilm.net.

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The news that hit the net late yesterday that the Disney+ Obi-Wan Kenobi stand-alone series which would star Ewan McGregor was being delayed due to script problems is being downplayed by the actor who spoke with Variety shortly after the news broke.

“I think we start shooting early next year as opposed to summer this year,” Ewan McGregor, who will reprise his role of Obi-Wan Kenobi in the series, told Variety at the “Birds of Prey” fan event at Hollywood and Highland. “I think the scripts are great. They’re in really good shape. They want them to be better. I think we keep our same airdate. All good.” He went on to say, “I didn’t realize until we got here tonight and everybody is going, ‘Oh, my god!, but it’s not really as dramatic as it might seem.

The initial reports have indicated that the series is facing greater problems over needing better scripts than McGregor lets on. It's hard to say if the actor is being truthful about the issues being as problematic as they seem or if he is simply trying to do some damage control for the studio, my guess is it's the later, but we will just have to wait and see.

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While Obi Wan might be one of the best Jedis that we have seen with an excellent portrayal by Ewan McGregor, I am interested and concerned for this new show. With the exception of Mandalorian, the show that people wait for on a weekly basis similar to Game Of Thrones! Disney has shown me that they do not respect the intelligence nor the time that we fans take to watch these new properties. Parts seven through nine were lackluster to say the least. We know Obi Wan's story from beginning to end, how is a new show based on a man living on a dessert planet going to be interesting? I hope they can pull this off, Disney might be making money off this franchise but they need to start respecting their cliental, or they might have the next Transformer movie franchise on their hands. 

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I'm good on waiting, to be honest I'm kind of 50/50 on this series. On one hand there the prospect of exploring that time period might be interesting on the other hand I have to wonder how many stories can they tell of Obi Wan in exile on Tatooine.

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