Obi-Wan Kenobi’s script has been revised because it was too dark: “We were looking for a story with hope”

Obi-Wan Kenobi

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy talks about the making of Disney+’s next Star Wars series.

Series Obi-Wan Kenobi, starring Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen, will be released on May 25, 2022 on Disney+. It is located between episode III of the saga Star WarsRevenge of the Sith – and episode IV – A new hope. It recounts the exile of Anakin Skywalker’s master following the Jedi massacre and the conversion of his padawan into Darth Vader.

We therefore arrive at a complicated moment in the life of the protagonist. During an interview for Entertainment WeeklyKathleen Kennedy admits to being worried about the direction that the scripts were taking. “We were looking, ultimately, to make a story that is uplifting and full of hope,” she explains. “It’s very tricky with a character in the state of Obi-Wan after Revenge of the Sith. It is a very dark time. You can’t give just any screenwriter a magic wand and come up with a story that perfectly reflects what you want to convey. »

Ewan McGregor poses as Obi-Wan Kenobi for Entertainment Weekly’s final issue

This new series, imagined by Deborah Chow and Joby Harold, takes place 10 years after the departure of the Jedi master on Tatooine. “Obi-Wan is Lost”explains McGregor. “He’s a destroyed man because of what happened with the Jedi order, but also with Anakin, who he lost to the dark side. He feels a huge amount of responsibility and guilt. » The series of 6 episodes will therefore tell the crossing of Kenobi, from pain to peace. “The last time we saw Obi-Wan in the prequels, he was very emotional”explains Harold. “There is passion in him. When he reappears in A New Hope, he is completely zen. That was the story I wanted to understand: the transition from Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan to Sir Alec Guinness’.

Here is its trailer, which created the event this week:

Darth Vader back in the Star Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi series: first image

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