Star Wars: Disney+'s Obi-Wan Series Helmed by Female Director

The upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney+ series has found a director from a galaxy that's pretty close by, actually.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Deborah Chow will direct the series. She also helmed several episodes of The Mandalorian, another Star Wars spinoff that will debut on Disney+ later this fall. At the time of writing, it is unclear how many episodes she will direct. The series will see Ewan McGregor reprise the role following his major part in the prequel trilogy.

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In addition to The Mandalorian, Chow's past credits include American Gods, Better Call Saul, Lost in Space, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, Fear the Walking Dead and Reign.

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“We really wanted to select a director who is able to explore both the quiet determination and rich mystique of Obi-Wan in a way that folds seamlessly into the Star Wars saga," Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy told StarWars.com. "Based on her phenomenal work developing our characters in The Mandalorian, I’m absolutely confident Deborah is the right director to tell this story.”

The role of Obi-Wan was originally played by Alec Guinness in A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. McGregor took up the role in The Phantom Menace and continued with the part through Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.

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While no additional details are available, Lucasfilm has ample source material to pull from when it comes to telling a live-action Obi-Wan story. The character played a major role in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and his time in exile on Tatooine has been explored in numerous canonical novels and comics.

Written by Hossein Amini and starring Ewan McGregor, Obi-Wan Kenobi series will air on the Disney+ streaming service. No release date has yet been announced.

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