While the world waits for the return of the smash DIsney+ Star Wars series The Mandalorian, Disney has dropped a major casting announcement for one of their other upcoming Star Wars series, the Ewan McGregor-starring Obi-Wan Kenobi.
McGregor, of course, will be reprising his role as the titular character that he played in George Lucas’ three prequel feature from 1999-2005. Hayden Christensen will also be returning in the role of Anakin Skywaler, Kenobi’s padawan-turned-nemesis Darth Vader.
Joining the two in the cast will be Moses Ingram, Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Kumai Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell, and Benny Safdie.
Per Disney+, the series is described as, “The story begins 10 years after the dramatic events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith where Kenobi faced his greatest defeat, the downfall and corruption of his best friend and Jedi apprentice, Anakin Skywalker turned evil Sith Lord Darth Vader.”
There’s no word yet on character descriptions for the new members of this incredibly impressive cast, although Edgerton and Piesse, like McGregor and Christensen, will be returning to the roles they played in the prequel trilogy – Luke Skywalker’s Uncle Owen Lars and Aunt Beru. Does this mean that we’ll be seeing Obi-Wan with a young Luke in the series? The chance of that seems pretty high.
The other big news coming with this announcement is that production on the series will begin in April, under director Deborah Chow.