Deborah Chow On “Obi-Wan Kenobi” Series

Deborah Chow On Obi Wan Kenobi Series

The third episode of “The Mandalorian” has provoked an interesting reaction, offering arguably the most ‘Star Wars-y’ episode yet and getting people excited about Chow’s next job in a galaxy far, far away – helming every episode of the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi TV series with Ewan McGregor.

The six-episode series will be set eight years after ‘Revenge of the Sith’ as things have become ‘complicated’ for both the galaxy and Kenobi.

Speaking with The New York Times in the wake of her “The Mandalorian” episode airing, the helmer discussed what she learned from showrunners Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni going into the next series and how tackling a whole limited series interests her far more than doing a film:

“One of the biggest benefits is that I just spent the last year in the Star Wars universe and I had great mentors, coming in under [Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni]. Absorbing that, I feel, was the best training I could have had to take on the next one. So much of it just feeling it and understanding it, on an instinctual level, to know what’s right and what’s wrong with it. And there’s so much knowledge – every prop, every costume is important. Every detail really matters.

There is so much going on between [Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope] that hasn’t been explored. The idea of being able to go into a character journey plus the politics and plus all the vastness of the empire and what’s going on is exciting just because it feels like a proper period of history and sometimes that is hard to do in two hours. Sometimes with two-hour movies there is always an imperative for the action and the plot to move particularly fast and quickly and to go from action sequence to action sequence and there are many more aspects to storytelling that I find interesting.”

Hossein Amini (“The Alienist,” “Drive”) pens the Obi-Wan series with Chow, Amini, McGregor, Kathleen Kennedy, Tracey Seaward and John Swartz executive producing.