It's fair to say that the Star Wars fanbase is virtually unified in its excitement for the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series, set to be released on the Disney+ streaming service. It is a project that was purportedly kept secret for at least four years, according to Ewan McGregor.
In an interview with ComingSoon.net, the actor revealed that Obi-Wan's upcoming adventure was originally conceived as a standalone film, presumably one in the same vein as the anthology film, Solo: A Star Wars Story. "It wasn't always going to be a series, not initially," McGregor said. This seems to confirm what rumors once postulated: Disney had planned for an Obi-Wan film but shelved it after the poor box office performance of Solo.
"When we first started talking about [it], that wasn't really in the cards but everything's changed so much, so quickly," he said, "It's really exciting that it is now." The actor is clearly very excited to be reprising the role for more than just a single film. He explained, "I'm really into the idea to be able to tell the story over several hours instead of just one hit. I think it's going to be quite cool."
The Disney+ series will consist of six episodes, each running for approximately one hour each. While details surrounding the plot are scarce, it is believed that the show will take place between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, long after Obi-Wan delivered baby Luke Skywalker to his aunt and uncle on Tatooine.
Written by Hossein Amini, directed by Deborah Chow and starring Ewan McGregor, the Obi-Wan Kenobi series will air on Disney+. No release date has yet been announced.