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Obi-Wan Show Release Date Revealed & Has Perfect Star Wars Connection

Disney+ has confirmed that the Obi-Wan Kenobi mini-series will debut in late May. The show stars Ewan McGregor, returning to the role of Kenobi and takes place ten years after the events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. Hayden Christensen returns to the role of Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader in the series, which also stars Moses Ingram, Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell and Benny Safdie.

McGregor first portrayed Kenobi in the Star Wars prequel series, starting with Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, which saw the character as a Padawan to Liam Neeson’s Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn. He returned for the second chapter, Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, and then the final chapter, Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. The prequels tracked his relationship with Anakin Skywalker (Christensen) as he trained him to become a Jedi, but ultimately lost him to the dark side as he transformed into Darth Vader.

Disney+ has now confirmed that Obi-Wan Kenobi will debut on May 25, 2022 on the streaming platform, which is the perfect Star Wars connection, as it’s the exact date of the 45th anniversary of the first movie’s release. The mini-series will be comprised of six episodes in total. Obi-Wan Kenobi is being directed by Deborah Chow, who previously directed episodes of The Mandalorian. In addition to the date announcement, Disney+ also released a poster for Obi-Wan Kenobi, which is the first official look at McGregor’s return as the famed Jedi, who was last seen at the end of Revenge of the Sith dropping off Luke Skywalker to live with Owen and Beru Lars on Tattoine, where he is sworn to watch over the boy and protect him from harm. Check out the new poster below:

Kenobi was initially played by actor Alec Guiness in the original Star Wars trilogy, where he mentored a teenage Luke Skywalker, before being fatally struck down by Vader. He then became a Force Ghost that would continue to guide Luke throughout the trilogy. McGregor announced his return at D23 in 2019 for the Obi-Wan Kenobi series, which initially began pre-production back in January 2020, but script issues and Covid-19 forced everything to shut down. With the scripts reworked, the show eventually resumed production in April 2021.

Obi-Wan Kenobi‘s return, be it as a series or a feature film (as was originally planned) has been greatly anticipated ever since Revenge of the Sith was released. McGregor and Christensen were both the perfect age when the prequel trilogy ended, making their return as older versions of the characters much easier to accomplish. With the promise of a Kenobi vs. Vader rematch and likely a number of surprises throughout, Obi-Wan Kenobi may well be the show audiences are looking for after the spectacle of both The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett.