Obi-Wan Kenobi Release Date Revealed, Find Out When It Will Premiere On Disney+
We finally have an Obi-Wan Kenobi release date from Disney+, and it’s close! On the heels of the season finale of The Book of Boba Fett, Disney is feeding us a little morsel of information to keep us going. There have been a ton of rumors that Obi-Wan Kenobi series would have its premiere date in Star Wars’ holiest month. And, it’s true, all of it. Well, at least the part about the Ewan McGregor-led series debuting in May. Though it’s not coming on the 4th as some, we at Comic Years, hoped. The release date for Obi-Wan Kenobi is fast approaching. That gives you barely enough time to make your own Ewan McGregor mural on your bedroom wall (if you haven’t already).
The Premiere Approaches: Obi-Wan Kenobi Release Date Arrives Like Darth Vader
Image via Disney+May 25 is a significant date for Star Wars, and it looks like they’re recognizing that by coming out with one of the most highly anticipated entries in the saga. Obi-Wan Kenobi will be premiering on Disney+ on the 45th anniversary of A New Hope. Four decades of Star Wars, and they’re celebrating it with one of the most beloved characters in the entire franchise. One of the only things about the Prequels everyone seems to agree on is that Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan was perfect. It’s been 17 years since we last saw a live-action Obi-Wan, a few months more to get to the 40th anniversary is nothing. If anything, it lets us get a little closer to the man himself who roasted on Tatooine for nearly 20 years.
The series picks up 10 years after the events of Revenge of the Sith. Hayden Christiansen is reprising his role as Anakin, though now he should be fully realized as Darth Vader. If the two are going to fight again, Disney will be leaning hard on that line from A New Hope where Vader trails off before saying exactly when the last time he sensed his old master. From the teaser for Obi-Wan Kenobi, it seems likely that’s going to happen.
What We’re Hoping to See from the Obi-Wan Kenobi Series
This is one of the most highly anticipated Star Wars entries in years. All that hype adds a lot of weight to a limited series that might just be one short season. We’re keeping our hopes reasonable with room to be surprised, delighted, and a little ashamed of how well fan service works. The one thing everyone wants most is the one thing we know we’re getting. Ewan McGregor has said he’s excited to play a version of Obi-Wan that’s closer to the one portrayed by Alec Guinness in the original trilogy. That’s what we want. Not necessarily a more weathered Kenobi, even though that sounds sick. After the excitement of seeing Luke in Book of Boba Fett wore off, the synthetic voiceover felt a little lifeless. If Ewan McGregor is bringing energy to the role, then we’re down for whatever.
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Beyond that baseline expectation, there are a few other things this series could give us that seem likely. First, Obi-Wan has to react to the whole Mustafar business where dismembered his best friend, left him to die by fire, and then learned he survived only to become the galaxy’s greatest killing machine. That’s a lot.
It would also be interesting to see a little more of Lars and Beru. They’re Luke’s family, the impetus for his whole journey into the wider universe, and they’ve had less screen time than the guy Obi-Wan disarms in the cantina. Obi-Wan is supposed to be on Tatooine to protect Luke, so learning more about the life that’s being protected would add some emotional weight and give us yet more opportunities to stare deeply into a cup of blue milk.
Semi-Reasonable Wishlist for Obi-Wan Kenobi on Disney+
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There’s a lot more we want to see, but it starts to stray into vague hopes and desperate need for delicious, possibly terrible fanservice. Darth Maul is a major character for Obi-Wan in the animated shows. He was teased in Solo, and this would be such a perfect time for him to show up again. It would be thematically appropriate with Obi-Wan’s whole character being defined by the ghosts of his past. And it would be hilarious chance for Maul to reflect on that time he almost ran over baby Darth Vader before he even knew he was anything other than some random kid in a desert.
Similarly, Qui-Gon Jinn canonically continued teaching Obi-Wan after Darth Maul killed him, but Liam Neeson said he won’t be appearing in the series. Good thing we know from experience it’s always true when actors say they won’t be in something. It’s a distant hope, but it would be great to see the consummate Jedi learning and growing. We want him to be a character, not a prop or a vehicle for empty fan service. That being said, I just want Obi-Wan to say “Hello there” just once.
Update: Obi-Wan Kenobi Release Date Moved to May 27th, more episodes on the way.
In a video posted on March 31, Ewan McGregor announced that the series will release on Friday May 27th, with two episodes. The release date for the series will be Fridays instead of Wednesdays.
Obi-Wan Kenobi will premiere on Disney+ on May 27th!
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