The Obi-Wan Kenobi series has brought Deborah Chow on board to direct. Chow previously directed episodes of the upcoming Star Wars live-action series The Mandalorian. It isn't clear at this time if she will direct the entire series or if they will be choosing other directors for other episodes. In addition to The Mandalorian, Chow has helmed and worked on episodes of American Gods, Better Call Saul, Lost in Space, Jessica Jones, Reign, and Mr. Robot. It is also unclear how many episodes the Obi-Wan Kenobi series will consist of, though it is believed to either be six or eight, each one lasting one hour.
The Obi-Wan Kenobi series was officially announced at this year's D23 Expo. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy brought Ewan McGregor on stage to drop the news to an ecstatic crowd. Star Wars fans have waited years to see McGregor back as the iconic character after being teased by speculation and rumors, which had gotten louder and louder over the past few years. Ewan McGregor is also very happy to be back as the character since he can finally openly talk about it now. Details about the show are currently under wraps, but it will begin shooting early next year. Lucasfilm reportedly has all of the scripts written and ready to roll.
The Mandalorian is getting ready to premiere in November with the launch of the Disney+ streaming service and Star Wars fans are anxious to see what a live-action series will look and feel like. There are some who are skeptical about these new shows, but Disney and Lucasfilm obviously believe in them after pumping millions of dollars into making them. With The Rise of Skywalker hitting theaters at the end of the year, it's going to be a while before we end up seeing new Star Wars material on the big screen.
The Obi-Wan Kenobi series is the third live-action show that has been announced for the Disney+ streaming service. In addition to The Mandalorian, fans can also look forward to the Rogue One prequel series. However, having Ewan McGregor back might prove to be the biggest out of all three. Before the show idea was pitched, it was supposed to get made for the big screen with Stephen Daldry on board to direct. However, after the Solo: A Star Wars Story debacle, Lucasfilm and Disney went back to the drawing board with their spin-off movies.
There currently is not an official premiere date for the Obi-Wan Kenobi series, though it's safe to say that it will drop sometime in 2021. Lucasfilm definitely enjoys Deborah Chow's work, which is why they brought her up from The Mandalorian. Perhaps this means we might get our first female director for a Star Wars big screen project. We'll just have to wait and see, but for now Chow is on a role with Lucasfilm. The Obi-Wan Kenobi director news was first announced by The Hollywood Reporter.