Following news of a July 2020 start of filming for the planned Obi-Wan Kenobi TV series for Disney+, the show’s writer/executive producer Hossein Amini has offered further details regarding the forthcoming series.
As we know, the new series will take place eight years after the events of “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith” and where we last saw Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan delivering the infant Luke Skywalker to his Tatooine homestead.
Amini pens and Deborah Chow directs the new series which is being made in place of a proposed Obi-Wan film that Stephen Daldry was slated to direct. Talking with Discussing Film, Amini says the story will play out better in series form:
“The situation is so complex both for him personally and in a way, the state of the galaxy, you sort of need time to explore it and to be honest there are loads of other stories within that period as well, it’s quite a few years. There is so much going on between episode III and IV 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.”
Amini has been working with the Lucasfilm Story Group who keep the details of “Star Wars” canon consistent between projects and says they were ‘incredibly helpful’ during the writing process. He says the upcoming “The Mandalorian” series “hasn’t really affected what I’ve been doing particularly” and he has yet to see anything from the series beyond the trailers we’ve all seen.
McGregor, John Swartz, Kathleen Kennedy and Tracey Seaward will executive produce the series.