Game of Thrones’ Indira Varma joins Obi-Wan Kenobi TV series
The highly anticipated Disney+ series Obi-Wan Kenobi just added another star to its roster in the form of Game of Thrones and Luther actress Indira Varma. According to Deadline, the actress joins Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen in the Star Wars prequel, though details about her character were obviously kept under wraps.
Varma is well known for her small screen roles in shows such as Rome, Carnival Row and ABC’s For Life. In Game of Thrones she memorably played Ellaria Sand in that crazy Dorne subplot that effectively went nowhere. On the big screen, she has appeared in Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings.
Ewan McGregor will reprise his role as Obi-Wan in the series, set to take place eight years after the events of Revenge of the Sith, where we last saw Obi-Wan delivering the infant Luke Skywalker to his Tatooine homestead. Hayden Christensen will also return as Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker. The series will be directed by Deborah Chow. Chow, Amini, and McGregor will serve as Executive Producers alongside Kathleen Kennedy, Tracey Seaward (The Queen), and John Swartz (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story). Jason McGatlin, Lucasfilm’s Executive Vice President Production, will serve as co-producer.
McGregor took over the role of Obi-Wan for the Star Wars prequel trilogy two decades ago from the late Alec Guinness. His last live-action appearance was in 2005’s Revenge of the Sith. However, McGregor also lent his voice in The Force Awakens and The Rise of Skywalker.
Two years ago, director Stephen Daldry was supposedly lined up to direct a standalone Obi-Wan film. Unfortunately, the dismal box office performance of Solo: A Star Wars Story put all the spinoff movies on hold.
No other details about the potential Obi-Wan series are currently available. A few Star Wars novels and comics have explored Obi-Wan’s life on Tatooine between Episodes III and IV. Obi-Wan also had a memorable rematch with Darth Maul in Star Wars Rebels. But any story direction for the new show is simply conjecture at this point.