Obi-Wan Kenobi Series on Disney+ Shorter Than 'The Mandalorian,' Ewan McGregor Reveals

Ewan McGregor revealed new details about his return to the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi in a Disney+ series announced at Disney's D23 Expo in August.

Speaking to Men's Journal, McGregor revealed that the untitled Obi-Wan series will consist of six one-hour episodes, making it shorter than the eight episodes announced for Lucasfilm's first live-action Star Wars series, The Mandalorian, premiering November 12 on streaming service Disney+.

McGregor also delved into the plot for the in-development series, which is set eight years after Star Wars: Episode III—Revenge of the Sith.

"The storyline sits between Episode III and Episode IV," McGregor said, noting that the series will take place in the aftermath of Emperor Palpatine's Order 66, which decimated the Jedi Order. "His arc will be quite interesting, I think—dealing with the fact that all the Jedi were slaughtered with the end of Episode III. It's quite something to get over."

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Ewan McGregor's Obi-Wan Kenobi as he appears at the end of "Star Wars: Episode III—Revenge of the Sith." Lucasfilm

McGregor's ambition is to bridge his portrayal of Obi-Wan in the Star Wars prequel trilogy and the character introduced in the original Star Wars, who was played by Alec Guinness (The Bridge on the River Kwai, Kind Hearts and Coronets).

"It's a fucking massive relief," McGregor told Men's Journal, moments before the series was officially announced onstage at the D23 Expo. "Because for four years, I've been having to lie to people about it."

Before taking on the role of the young Obi-Wan, McGregor was best known for playing heroin addict Mark Renton in Trainspotting and appearing in British and independent films from provocative directors like Todd Haynes and Peter Greenaway. Selected from a shortlist of 50 actors who resembled Guinness, McGregor first played Obi-Wan as a Padawan (Jedi youngling) in 1999's Star Wars: Episode I—The Phantom Menace. He was a Jedi master by the end of writer and director George Lucas' prequel trilogy, McGregor last appeared in The Revenge of the Sith, bringing an infant Luke Skywalker to his aunt and uncle's moisture farm on the planet Tatooine.

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Ewan McGregor returns as Obi-Wan Kenobi in a "Star Wars" series on Disney's streaming service. Lucasfilm

Like Yoda on the planet Dagobah, Obi-Wan lived in self-imposed exile on Tatooine, hiding from the growing tyranny of the Galactic Empire and also watching over the Skywalker boy in case his father came looking for him. While no plot details have been revealed about the upcoming Disney+ series, it is likely to be set on Tatooine, with Obi-Wan both lamenting the failures of an earlier era and taking on threats endemic to the Outer Rim planet, like Tusken Raiders and the Hutt crime syndicate.

The two series' close proximity in the Star Wars timeline may also suggest Obi-Wan is likely to run into the Crimson Dawn crime syndicate, lead by Darth Maul. A rematch between the Jedi master and the Sith apprentice was previously depicted on the animated series Star Wars Rebels, but that doesn't preclude a live-action reprise of the encounter.

But any potential desert duel between Obi-Wan and Darth Maul will have to wait. The six hours in the untitled Obi-Wan series coming to Disney+ are still a ways off, with filming scheduled to begin next summer.

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