Why we can’t wait to discover the Obi-Wan Kenobi series

Obi-Wan Kenobi
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It’s time to awaken the Force for the series dedicated to Jedi Master Ewan McGregor, which begins May 27 on Disney+.

For cinema format

It’s obvious that jumps to the eyes from the trailer: even if Obi-Wan is in the same format (2:39) as The Mandalorian and The Boba Fett Book, the frame appears much wider. The shot scales seem enlarged, the focal lengths deeper… A real feeling of widescreen that emerges from the first unveiled shots of the series. Perhaps it’s due to the series’ cinematographer, who is none other than the brilliant Chung Chung-hoon (horror movies That Where Last Night in Soho…), Park Chan-wook’s favorite ops chief since old boywho signs his first series there.

For John Williams

Composers Michael Giacchino (RogueOne), John Powell (Solo) and Ludwig Göransson (The Mandalorian) have brilliantly invested in the Star Wars universe of the Disney period in their own way, reappropriating the musical heritage of John Williams… who will make his grand return to the galaxy far, far away with the score of the Obi-Wan Kenobi series. Williams, who had returned to service with the postlogy (proving in particular with the superb theme of Rey that the sacred fire was still in him), has the necessary experience for the small screen. He already composed for television, either for series episodes (lost in space) or for whole series (Shipwrecked Islandobviously fantastic stories by Spielberg) or even events (the Oscars of 76). The prospect of Williams bringing his spectacular style to the episodic narrative format is downright exciting, isn’t it?

Obi-Wan Kenobi
2022 Disney

For the face of Ewan McGregor

It’s obvious, and that’s why we’re going to watch this series… In 1999, one of the genius ideas of George Lucas’ prelogy was to have initiated the revelation of Trainspotting to embody the young Obi-Wan: nothing to do a priori between the impressive Sir Alec Guinness, symbol of the noble class ofacting acting English, and the Scottish mad dog muse of Danny Boyle, and the contrast was delightful – the prelogy also became the story of Obi-Wan’s passage from the ardor of youth to the melancholy of middle age, before the madness of loneliness in the desert… It is precisely this third stage of Obi-Wan that the series plans to tell, and there is only to see this plan where the fallen Jedi Master observes the young Luke from a distance to measure in Ewan’s thunderstruck gaze the weight of age, the joy of seeing the future promised by Anakin’s son, and the sorrows of remembering lost friendships, burned in the fire of anger and hatred. All that in Ewan’s face? But yes.

For Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru

Joel Edgerton and Bonnie Piesse have the privilege of appearing on the latest shot of Revenge of the Sith, carrying baby Luke in their arms in front of the dusk (or dawn?) of the suns of Tatooine… A shocking finale which in an instant legitimizes the prelogy of Lucas: the scenes of Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru in the whole first Star Wars (before their execution by stormtroopers) then take on an otherwise disproportionate scale. Since then, if Joel had a hell of a good career, Bonnie didn’t really break through. The prospect that the series will at least do justice to Aunt Beru is a real good reason for its existence. Who votes for a spin-off devoted to the problems of hydroponic farmers on Tatooine?

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For Hayden

This is THE big expectation of the series. We know that Darth Vader is a secret weapon drawn by Disney Death Star style and wielded very effectively (see the final fight of RogueOne, which is still being talked about six years later), but how will she handle the return of Hayden Christensen? Twenty years ago, it was fashionable to criticize the actor’s performance as Anakin Skywalker, but over the years he’s become a fan-favorite actor, always warmly applauded at conventions – and, honestly, his perf in Revenge of the Sith with the shift to the Dark Side is truly remarkable. So here it is again in Obi-Wan Kenobi, ready to face his former Master again… or not? Rejuvenated in flashbacks? Disfigured behind Vader’s mask? Immaculate appearing in Anakin who wouldn’t have been burned by Mustafar’s hate and lava? Mystery. And we know that series mysteries are very exciting.

For production and writing

Rear The Mandalorian and The Boba Fett Book, there’s producer duo Jon Favreau and (especially) Dave Filoni, the latter adored by hardcore Star Wars fans thanks to his work on Clone Wars. But Filoni and Favreau are not back on Obi-Wan Kenobi : the producers Katterli Frauenfelder (assistant director of Tim Burton for twenty years) and Thomas Hayslip (who also worked on Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation and tenet) president in particular for the destinies of the series with the director Deborah Chow (who has worked a lot on the series reign and mandalorian). On the script side, we find Hossein Amini (Drive), author of the original project, film turned series, Stuart Beattie (Collateralthe first Pirates of the Caribbean…), Joby Harold (King Arthur by Guy Ritchie) but also

The promise of a new tone for Star Wars, more “cinema” and less “series”? In any case, the other good reason to discover the series is that Ewan McGregor is also producer, as if he guaranteed a return of the Jedi Master to the height of his dreams. And maybe many of ours.

Series Obi-Wan Kenobiconsisting of six episodes, begins May 27 on Disney+.

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