After years of rumours of an Obi-Wan Kenobi standalone movie, or a trilogy, Ewan McGregor is finally set to return as the Jedi Master in his very own Disney+ series. Confirming the news at the D23 Expo, McGregor made an unexpected appearance alongside Lucas Film boss Kathleen Kennedy. Taking the opportunity to ask her a question; “Could you ask me in front of all of these people, all of these witnesses, could you please ask me: am I going to play Obi-Wan Kenobi again?” Kennedy's response of "Yes" was greeted with rapturous applause from the audience. Kennedy confirmed that "We have all the scripts written, and we’re ready to go next year”, but it remains unclear when the series will land on Disney+.
Shortly before Rogue One was released back in 2016, rumours surfaced once again that an Obi-Wan movie could be in the works. However, the critical and commercial failure of Solo forced Disney to reconsider its stance on spin-off prequels. I still have a hard time accepting that Disney thought to put Solo in cinemas barely six months after The Last Jedi was a good idea. Force Awakens, Rogue One, and The Last Jedi all enjoyed billion-dollar-plus box office takings from their December launch. Naturally, it doesn't help that Solo had a wealth of production problems that led to directors Phil Lord & Christopher Miller being replaced by Ron Howard.
Filling in the gap between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, the Obi-Wan series is jam-packed with story potential. It will join fellow Disney+ exclusives The Mandalorian (which just released its first trailer), and a Rogue One prequel series with Diego Luna reprising his role as Cassian Andor. Disney+ will be released in the US on November 12, a handful of dates have been confirmed for some of the international rollouts. At the time of writing, there is still no confirmation of when Disney+ will be available in the UK.