Obi Wan Kenobi, the Disney+ premiere, is a little earlier than originally planned. This was announced Thursday night by Star Wars.
West Coast viewers are able to stream Ewan McGregor’s first episode and Hayden Christensen’s second episode, beginning at 9 pm PT. They were originally planned to be available at 12 midnight.
The official Star Wars Twitter account announced the news in a tweet. The tweet reads, “The Time for @ObiWanKenobi Has Arrived… Early.” “Stream the first two episodes of @ObiWanKenobi tonight at 9 p.m.PT on @Disneyplus.”
Star Wars” fans were pleasantly surprised by a special screening at the Star Wars Celebration convention today in Anaheim. Home viewers will also be able to catch “Obi-Wan Kenobi” earlier today.
The Disney+ series is a culmination of years-long planning at Lucasfilm. It aims to revive McGregor’s performance in Obi Wan from the “Star Wars” prequel trilogy. The original intention was to have McGregor star in a film by Stephen Daldry (“The Hours”), but that didn’t happen. After the disappointment of “Solo: A Star Wars Story”, Lucasfilm abandoned its standalone movies. They refocused their efforts on making shows for Disney+. The huge success of the “The Mandalorian”, however, rekindled the hope that McGregor might once again wear Obi Wan’s robe for a streaming show.
The actor confirmed his news to great fanfare during the D23 Expo, in August 2019. A planned shoot in 2020 with Deborah Chow, “The Mandalorian”, and Hossein Alimini (“The Alienist”) was postponed after the original head writer, Hossein, quit the production. After Joby Harold (“Army of the Dead”) was appointed to replace him, the six-part series was once again delayed due to the pandemic. Disney finally declared in February that the series would debut on Disney+ at May 25, 2022. Later in March, the release was moved two days further to May 27, 2022.
“ObiWan Benobi” is set approximately 10 years after the events of 2005 in “Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.” It follows ObiWan’s exile on Tatooine through the remainder of his life. Obi Wan is a hunted man after Order 66 decimated Jed (Moses Ingram). Christensen, who played Anakin Skywalker in prequels’ films, is reprising that role. Joel Edgerton returns as Owen Skywalker and Bonnie Piesse as Luke Skywalker. Rupert Friend (with Indira Vihara, Kumail Nanjiani Jr., and Kumail Nanjiani), Rupert Friend (with Rupert Friend), Sung Kang; Bonnie Piesse returns as Luke Skywalker’s uncle Owen; Simone Kessell is back as Benny Safdie; Maya Erskine as Maya Erskine.