Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney Plus series bringing back Hayden Christensen as Darth Vader

Ewan McGregor will reprise his role as the Star Wars Jedi Master.

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Ewan McGregor returns as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the new series.


Disney on Thursday shared new information about the Star Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi series coming to Disney Plus. The series begins 10 years after the events of Revenge of the Sith. 

Ewan McGregor, who played the Jedi master in the Star Wars prequels, is reprising his role. In October, McGregor said filming will begin in March 2021. Hayden Christensen will return as Darth Vader, and he and Kenobi will meet up. "Those two will have another swing at each other," McGregor said.

McGregor also noted that he's now closer in age to Alec Guinness, the first actor to play Kenobi, and hopes he is also gaining wisdom.

The footage isn't available to the public yet, but here's the new logo. 

"It's the Obi-Wan Kenobi story, I suppose," McGregor told Graham Norton back in October. "It's not all (about) me, but it certainly will be a lot of me, which is good!" He said earlier that the show is planned to run for one season of six episodes.

Disney announced the series show back in 2019. It takes place eight years after Revenge of the Sith and 11 years before A New Hope, in an era after the Jedi Order has been practically wiped out.

The show was delayed by the coronavirus outbreak, but a release date seems likely in late 2021 or early 2022.

In early December, Bostonians buzzed about a report that part of the show would be filmed in their city, but it turned out that the report was referring to a town called Boston in England.

Another Disney Plus show set in the Star Wars universe, The Mandalorian, has been a hit, thanks in large part to the adorable character of Baby Yoda.

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