During a recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Golden Globe winner Ewan McGregor has opened up about some behind-the-scenes details about the long-awaited Obi-Wan Kenobi series, confirming that production on Disney+’s newest Star Wars prequel series has already begun in Los Angeles. Production was originally scheduled to start in January, but was delayed because of the ongoing pandemic. When asked if they were able to celebrate May the 4th on set last week, McGregor went on to tease that he was able to shoot a very special scene with someone important, whose identity he understandable refuses to reveal.
“I have to say I’m having a really, really good time,” McGregor said. “It’s all still there. It feels good. There are some great scripts and great people to work with, and it’s great. I’m having a good time.
“I got to play a very special scene on May the fourth with someone very special in my life, and that’s all I can tell you about it.”
Obi-Wan Kenobi sees the return of Ewan McGregor to the Star Wars universe as he reprises his iconic role as the titular Jedi master, which he famously portrayed in George Lucas’ prequel trilogy. It also features the return of fellow Star War alums Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader and Joel Edgerton as Owen Lars.
The story is expected 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. Further details about the series’ plot are still scarce. Still, it might potentially explore Obi-Wan’s life on Tatooine between Episodes III and IV, which were previously explored in a few Star Wars novels and comics.
The Disney+ series will also star Kumail Nanjiani (Eternals), O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Godzilla: King of the Monsters), Sung Kang (F9: The Fast Saga), Moses Ingram (The Queen’s Gambit), Indira Varma (Game of Thrones), Rupert Friend (The French Dispatch), Simone Kessell (Of Kings and Prophets), Benny Safdie (Uncut Gems) and Maya Erskine (PEN15).
Obi-Wan Kenobi will be directed by Deborah Chow from a script written by Joby Harold. Chow, Harold 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.