Star Wars spinoff Obi-Wan Kenobi with Ewan McGregor reprising his role as the legendary Jedi master has found its director
Deborah Chow is to direct the new Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars spin-off.
The Canadian filmmaker has worked on some episodes of upcoming Disney+ spin-off series The Mandalorian and she has been handed the job to bring Ewan McGregor’s portrayal of the Jedi Master back to screens on the studio’s new streaming service, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
‘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,’ said Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy.
The master is back: Ewan McGregor will be reprising his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in his very own Star Wars spinoff with Lucas Film and Disney; seen in Star Wars Episode III – Revenge Of The Sith in 2005
She landed the hot role: The new director is Deborah Chow, seen here at the premiere of The High Cost Of Living in 2011 in NYC
The executive added, ‘Based on her phenomenal work developing our characters in The Mandalorian, I’m absolutely confident Deborah is the right director to tell this story.’
In addition to two episodes of The Mandalorian, she has directed and worked on shows such as American Gods, Better Call Saul, Lost in Space, Jessica Jones, Reign and Mr Robot.
The Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off series will be set in a galaxy far, far away set eight years after the events of the third film in the series Revenge of the Sith.
It will see Obi-Wan deal with the fallout from his friend Anakin Skywalker turning to the Dark Side of The Force and becoming Darth Vader and the mass extermination of the Jedi at his hands on behalf of the Emperor.
A supporter: ‘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,’ said Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. Seen in August
The first Obi-Wan: Alec Guinness Star Wars Episode IV – A New Hope – 1977
The hotly anticipated miniseries is being written by Hossein Amini and it will start shooting next year.
Ewan, 48, and Kathleen, 66, announced the project at the Disney D23 Expo in August fulfilling a long-time ambition of the Christopher Robin star to reprise the role he played in George Lucas’ three Star Wars prequels.
Kathleen said: ‘The scripts are written, and we begin shooting next year. We can’t wait to start production. And we have our Obi-Wan.’
Disney+ launches in the US on November 12 with international start dates to be confirmed.
The next Star Wars film, The Rise Of Skywalker, will debut in the US on December 20, 2019.
New: The next Star Wars film, The Rise Of Skywalker, will debut in the US on December 20, 2019