“Drive” scribe and “The Alienist” creator Hossein Amini, who will serve as writer and executive producer on the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi limited series for the Disney+ streaming service, has confirmed to Discussing Film that shooting on the Ewan McGregor-led project will kick off in July next year.
The project was originally conceived several years ago as a film before later being retooled as a TV series which was finally announced in August with McGregor confirming his return.
The series marks one of three “Star Wars” live-action series on the way for Disney+ alongside “The Mandalorian” and the Cassian Andor series. Of the show’s schedule, Amini says:
“The plan is to start shooting in July, Ewan McGregor is signed on. I think he’s already said that it spans the period between episodes 3 and 4, so sort of after the fall of the republic and the massacre of the Jedi before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope. It’s fascinating in the sense that it’s a period where there is a lot of change in the galaxy and a lot of hardship.”
No premiere date has been set for the series, but as an example “The Mandalorian” began filming just over a year out from its premiere, suggesting a potential Summer 2021 bow. McGregor is the only confirmed actor at this point, though speculation is rife that Joel Edgerton will reprise the Owen Lars role.
The news comes as Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed this week during an investor call that the plan is to put the “Star Wars” films on hiatus following “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” and hints that more “Star Wars” TV series may be on the way. A new TV spot for “The Mandalorian” launching next week is also out.