It’s for real this time. For years, rumors have swirled that Ewan McGregor would pick up his lightsaber and return to the Star Wars universe but those rumors have always amounted to nothing. But now it’s really happening. During their Friday presentation at D23, Disney announced a new as-yet-untitled Obi-Wan Kenobi show airing exclusively on Disney+ and starring McGregor as the Jedi Knight.
During the presentation, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy acknowledged the constant Obi-Wan rumors and hopes from fans over the years. “After secrets and fibs and not being able to talk about it, I am thrilled to bring out a beloved member of the Star Wars family.”
Then McGregor walked out on stage to thunderous applause. “It feels so nice,” McGregor said, clearly delighted. “It’s been four years of saying, ‘I don’t know… It would be nice — if they’d call me.”
Pre-production on the Obi-Wan series is moving steadily along, according to Kennedy. She says all of the scripts are written and they are “ready to start shooting next year.”
Two other live-action series set in the Star Wars universe are also coming to Disney+. Jon Favreau is writing and producing The Mandalorian and Diego Luna will reprise his Rogue One role for a series about Cassian Andor. In addition. Kennedy announced a new season of the fan-favorite animated series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, will stream on Disney+ in February 2020. Classic characters such as Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and fan-favorites Ahsoka Tano and Captain Rex are set to return in 12 brand new episodes of the Emmy award-winning series.
Series creator Dave Filoni spoke to EW about the forthcoming seventh season saying, “It will conclude the story that [George Lucas] and I started together. There could be stories after that that take place with a lot of those characters. But especially for me directing Clone Wars, being that hands on, I wrote and directed the final four episodes. It’s the end of something I feel really good about.”