Ahmed Best hosting Star Wars game show
The Star Wars franchise already seemingly has dominated every corner of the media market, including new streaming service Disney+ with The Mandalorian, and now they’re looking to keep it going with a new live-action game show on the service hosted by Ahmed Best, the actor behind the prequel trilogy’s Jar Jar Binks (via StarWars.com).
The series, entitled Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challenge, will test young contestants’ abilities in the core Jedi principles of strength, knowledge and bravery as they face various obstacles in an attempt to achieve the rank of Jedi Knight. Contestants and audiences will be transported to a galaxy far, far away as the series will feature lightsabers, hyperspace, the Force and the dark side in ways never seen before.
Best will host as a Jedi Master and a mentor to the contestants and will utilize his skills as an actor, dancer, martial arts expert, STOMP musician and fan of the space-faring franchise. He will be joined by the humanoid droid companion voiced by Veep and Blunt Talk alum Mary Holland.
“This is definitely a kids game show like no other,” Lucasfilm’s senior director of Online Content & Programming, Mickey Capoferri, said in a statement. “The various challenges will test a Padawan’s connection to the Force in three locations — a forest planet, on board a Jedi star cruiser, and inside a Jedi temple — immersing them and the audience in a fun, humorous, and exciting competition.”
“Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challenge brings together the best of Star Wars — competitive spirit, harrowing obstacles and a hero’s triumph over challenges — in a totally new format for the franchise,” Dan Silver, vice president, Originals — Unscripted Content, Disney+, said in a statement. “A game show set in the Star Wars galaxy is a perfect fit for Disney+.”
Jedi Temple Challenge is being developed by Lucasfilm’s Scott Bromley and Steve Blank with Mickey Capoferri and Christine Beebe serving as executive producers alongside Dean Houser, David Chamberlain, and Mike Antinoro.
Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challenge will stream exclusively on Disney+ in 2020.