We have some new, official details regarding the recently confirmed Obi-Wan Kenobi series for Disney+. As had been rumored for some time, Ewan McGregor will indeed be reprising his role as the famed Jedi in a TV show for Disney's upcoming streaming service. While many details are sure to be kept secretive, as is usually the case with Star Wars, we've learned when precisely the show will take place in the overall franchise timeline, and it's incredibly important, given what it could mean.
On the latest episode of The Star Wars Show, the hosts went over a few details for the Obi-Wan Kenobi show. As had been previously confirmed by Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, the series will begin filming next year. The scripts are already written and they're ready to go. The new bit of info came as host Anthony Carboni revealed when it takes place in the overall timeline. Here's what he had to say.
"The untitled series is set eight years after the events of Revenge of the Sith and will go into production next year."
The Star Wars timeline is often measured in years before the Battle of Yavin (BBY) from A New Hope, or years after the Battle of Yavin (ABY). Revenge of the Sith takes place 19 years BBY. So that puts the Obi-Wan show at around 11 years BBY. Interestingly, that puts it right around the same time as Solo, give or take, as the bulk of the standalone movie takes place around 10 BBY. That's crucial because, as we saw in Solo, a prominent figure from Obi-Wan's past is very much alive and thriving during that period of the overall timeline.
Indeed, Maul, at this point, is the head of the crime syndicate known as Crimson Dawn. While Maul has shown up frequently in The Clone Wars animated series, Obi-Wan and the former Sith lord have a great deal of unfinished business. Granted, that business is eventually finished for good in an episode of Rebels, but that show takes place between 4 and 1 BBY. So there is still plenty of time in there for another meeting between these two. Undoubtedly, Maul wants revenge for losing his lower half to Obi-Wan in The Phantom Menace.
Granted, Rebels provided a very satisfying end to the journey between these two characters and it would be a shame to sully that in any way. But the door is at least open for a Maul appearance. Beyond that, this portion of the timeline would allow for a young boy version of Luke to possibly appear, Joel Edgerton could potentially reprise his role as Luke's uncle Owen. It's a period that is a great mystery as it relates to the beloved Jedi and, whether or not Maul appears, we're finally going to learn a lot about what was going on during that time. We'll be sure to keep you posted as any further details on the Obi-Wan Kenobi series are made available. Feel free to check out the full video from the Star Wars YouTube channel for yourself.