Disney+ seems to be taking a unified approach with its slate of upcoming Star Wars shows. The Mandalorian director, Deborah Chow, has been tapped to take over directorial duties for the upcoming Obi-Wan, Variety reports.
Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy released a statement praising Chow’s vision for the series. “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. Based on her phenomenal work developing our characters in The Mandalorian, I’m absolutely confident Deborah is the right director to tell this story.”
Earlier this year at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, Kennedy confirmed that the scripts for Obi-Wan had been written and that the show would begin official production at some point in 2020.
Obi-Wan is set eight years after the events of the Star Wars prequel series, which concluded with a duel between Obi-Wan and his former padawan, Anakin, and ultimately resulted in Anakin’s full physical transformation into the pop culture icon Darth Vader. So, obviously, there will be plenty for poor Obi-Wan to unpack–and plenty of potential stories primed for exploration and examination.
Obi-Wan does not have an official release date set but will likely be on track to start streaming at some point in 2021. Disney+ will launch on November 12, with the first of the Star Wars series, The Mandalorian, available on day one.
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