Could we see the return of Owen Lars, aka Luke Skywalker's uncle Owen, to the Star Wars universe in the Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney+ series? According to actor Joel Edgerton, it's a very real possibility. For those who perhaps don't recall, Edgerton played the part of Owen in George Lucas' prequel trilogy in both Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. But it seems we perhaps haven't seen the last of the younger Lars.
At this point, little is known about the Obi-Wan show, other than the fact that Ewan McGregor will be reprising his role as the famed Jedi. During a recent podcast appearance while promoting his new movie The King, Joel Edgerton was asked about the possibility of returning to a galaxy far, far away. Naturally, the actor can't say much right now, given how secretive things at Lucasfilm tend to be. That said, Edgerton had this to offer.
"There is a very real possibility. There's potentially an assassin on a rooftop just outside the window if I say the wrong thing. I'd love to say all sorts of things. I'm just not going to."
That's about as much as we could expect any non-confirmed potential cast member to say about a Star Wars project at this stage of the game. That said, it would make a great deal of sense for Uncle Owen to return. The show is set to take place roughly eight years after the events of Revenge of the Sith, which puts it about 11 years away from the events of A New Hope. Owen, as we know, is burned to a crisp alongside Luke's aunt Beru during that movie. But he would be alive and well during that time period.
In A New Hope it's strongly suggested that Owen knows Obi-Wan, or Ben, more than he lets on. It's possible the show could explore their relationship a bit more in-depth. Other characters that could potentially appear include Darth Maul and Darth Vader. Both would make sense for their own reasons, but for the moment nothing has been confirmed. The series was announced during Disney's D23 Expo over the summer following months of speculation. Originally, this was set to be a standalone movie that was transformed into a Disney+ series following the lackluster performance of Solo at the box office.
Deborah Chow (Iron Fist, Better Call Saul) has been tapped to direct the series, with Hossein Amini (The Alienist, Drive) on board to write. Chow also directed episodes of The Mandalorian, the first live-action Star Wars TV series that will debut on Disney+ when it launches on November 12. Lucasfilm is also developing a Rogue One prequel show centered on Diego Luna's Cassian Andor. The Obi-Wan Kenobi series does not yet have a premiere date set, but we'll be sure to keep you posted as further details are made available. For more with Joel Edgerton, check out the latest episode of the Happy Sad Confused podcast.