At yesterday’s D23 panel, Disney officially confirmed that an Obi-Wan Kenobi TV show is headed for Disney Plus, and while we still have much to learn about the series, we can at least tell you where Ewan McGregor’s small screen adventure lies in the chronology of the Star Wars franchise.
During the recent expo panel, Disney unveiled an updated timeline for the Star Wars property, complete with names for each of the three main eras. And while the timeline offers few surprises for any dedicated fan of the franchise, one noteworthy takeaway is that the Obi-Wan Kenobi show takes place at the same time as last year’s Solo: A Star Wars Story.
This implies that we’ll be following the Jedi during the early years of the Empire, before the so-called Age of Rebellion has truly begun. With that in mind, we surely can’t rule out appearances from Donald Glover’s Lando Calrissian, Ray Park’s Maul or even Alden Ehrenreich’s Han Solo.
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After Solo bombed at the box office, it was reported that Lucasfilm had abandoned plans for an Obi-Wan standalone film, along with other potential spinoff flicks. Since then, we’ve witnessed what appears to be a change of strategy for the company, with the new goal being to expand the Star Wars galaxy beyond the main series via TV shows, rather than big screen projects.
Only time will tell if the new approach can pay off, but so far, the fans seem pretty hyped for the franchise’s first Disney Plus show, The Mandalorian, which premieres on November 12th. After that, the Obi-Wan Kenobi series is scheduled to shoot next year, but in the meantime, stay tuned for more updates from this weekend’s D23 Expo.