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Obi-Wan Kenobi Premieres on Disney+ Canada on May 25

Obi-Wan Kenobi Premieres on Disney+ Canada on May 25

By Simon Hung

Hello there! Obi-Wan Kenobi – the long-awaited Star Wars series about the Jedi Master's time after Revenge of the Sith – finally has a release date and will premiere exclusively on Disney+ Canada on May 25.

Disney officially dropped the date after the season finale of The Book of Boba Fett, along with a teaser poster featuring a disheveled Obi-Wan traversing the sand dunes of Tatooine, dressed in civilian clothing and clutching a lightsaber in his right hand.

The highly-anticipated limited series will consist of six episodes and is set 10 years after the events of Revenge of the Sith, with Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen reprising their roles as Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader (respectively) from the Star Wars prequels.

Disney has been fairly secretive about the series, only releasing a minute-long behind the scenes teaser back in November 2021 before this announcement – the teaser was mostly uneventful, aside from a brief glimpse of concept art depicting a rematch between Kenobi and Vader, which generated significant levels of hype among Star Wars fans.

Despite lukewarm critical reception, the Star Wars prequels have gained a cult-like following over the past decade and have become widely adored by a younger generation of Star Wars fans, with Ewan McGregor's performance often seen as a highlight of the trilogy.

In an interview with Forbes, McGregor shared his excitement about reprising the role, saying "I loved playing him again...it's quite interesting, after the experience of making the first three films and living through sort of their reception in the world, which wasn't always glowing...and then now, meeting the generation who we made those films for, the children then - and now, people in their late teens or early 20s, those people who were kids who we made those films for, they loved them. So to step back into his shoes again now and do a series, a whole series about Obi-Wan Kenobi for those fans, it just makes me really happy."

Obi-Wan Kenobi premieres exclusively on Disney+ Canada starting Wednesday, May 25, with new episodes every Wednesday – sign up for Disney+ to stream the series when it launches, starting at just $11.99 per month. This is where the fun begins.

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39 Comments

    • it should be based on the novel kenobi, thats a really good story. its kinda like the logan movie.
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    • It would boggle my mind if they don't ask Ewan back. How could they do a middle aged Kenobi while Ewan is still around??? And let's not forget the fact that he's awesome and one of the few bright spots in the prequels.
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  • zod
    • I agree. Ewan McGregor should be asked back. He made a pretty good Obi-Wan, and was one of the best parts of the prequels. I think they had him record half a line for the force awakens, so hopefully they do it. He's age pretty much just enough from RoTS to do a stories that takes place before episode IV.
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    • Wouldn't be a good idea. Kenobi was clearly crazy near the end of his life.
      He luckily gets the plans for a super weapon so he takes the kid of darth vader into a dangerous cantina, lets everyone know he is is a jedi, and then books a flight with a wanted smuggler with a piece of junk for a ship.
      After almost getting caught he lets himself be killed leaving Vader's son alone with his twin sister and the plans to the superweapon to try an escape the Empire in a piece of junk.
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    • And let's not forget the fact that he's awesome and one of the few bright spots in the prequels.
      I agree - until Lucas directed McGregor and Christiansen to act like a couple of old bickering fuddy duddies. McGregor and Neeson were the best actors in the prequels (and Darth Maul the best baddie)
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  • zod
    • Wouldn't be a good idea. Kenobi was clearly crazy near the end of his life.
      He luckily gets the plans for a super weapon so he takes the kid of darth vader into a dangerous cantina, lets everyone know he is is a jedi, and then books a flight with a wanted smuggler with a piece of junk for a ship.
      After almost getting caught he lets himself be killed leaving Vader's son alone with his twin sister and the plans to the superweapon to try an escape the Empire in a piece of junk.
      That's all true from a certain point of view.

      If there's almost 20 years between Episode III and IV they don't have to put it at year 19. They could do the story anywhere in between. McGregor aged alot since episode III but he looks nowhere as old as Alec Guiness, so they've got wiggle room to do it earlier in the gap rather than later.
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    • Another vote here for Ewan in the role. How about a live action scene of one of Kenobi and Maul's rematches? Please don't make it about a teenager Obi Wan.
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  • zod
    • Another vote here for Ewan in the role. How about a live action scene of one of Kenobi and Maul's rematches? Please don't make it about a teenager Obi Wan.
      They did that in Rebels which I suppose is Cannon. It didn't sound like they'd met up between when Kenobi cut him half and that meeting on Tatooine. It would be cool to get more maul though. I think he was way more badass in the TPM than the cartoons.
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    • They did that in Rebels which I suppose is Cannon. It didn't sound like they'd met up between when Kenobi cut him half and that meeting on Tatooine. It would be cool to get more maul though. I think he was way more badass in the TPM than the cartoons.
      Personally, I'd love a brand new story for Kenobi. CW and Rebels did the stories with Maul very well and I don't need it see it again.
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  • zod
    • Personally, I'd love a brand new story for Kenobi. CW and Rebels did the stories with Maul very well and I don't need it see it again.
      Yah, surely there's mission that needs Obi-Wans help. He leaves Tatooine for a few weeks, takes care of business, and goes back home. Surely there's a new original story they can tell that takes place in those few weeks.
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    • Yah, surely there's mission that needs Obi-Wans help. He leaves Tatooine for a few weeks, takes care of business, and goes back home. Surely there's a new original story they can tell that takes place in those few weeks.
      I'd love that. Maybe something with Hondo, I'd love to see him in a live action movie. Rogue One was a very refreshing take on the Star Wars story, I'm sure they can do the same for Kenobi.
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    • lease don't make it about a teenager Obi Wan.
      I'd be okay with a teen Obi Wan, if it's Ewan McGregor and Liam Neeson. As someone else said, they were the two best characters in the prequels, and why I like EPI over the other two (that and the two cringeworthy performances of Hayden and whatever her name is). They could also bring back Badass Jedi Jackson :D .

      There you go. A whole series to delve into: The Knights of the Republic.
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    • The Tatooine years would be best. Throw in Jabba. and some bounty hunters too.
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    • This movie will have the high ground in ratings.
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    • According to Collider, the spin off movies are on hold after the relatively poor performance of the Solo movie

      http://collider.com/star-wars-spinoffs-on-hold
      Seems like an over reaction. A Kenobi movie with McGregor would crush the box office. Promo the crap out of the Kenobi vs. Maul fight and people will flock to the theaters.
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  • zod
    • Seems like an over reaction. A Kenobi movie with McGregor would crush the box office. Promo the crap out of the Kenobi vs. Maul fight and people will flock to the theaters.
      I would of loved to have seen McGregor take one more turn as Obi-Wan. I'm not sure about the maul fight though. He's now killed Maul twice. I also think the cartoon set it up so they hadn't seen each other between the 1st an 2nd time he killed him.

      Still, it's not your casting someone new as Obi-Wan. People loved McGregor as Obi-Wan. He was one of the best parts of the prequels. I'm a but bummed it sounds like they it's fizzling out :(
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    • not enough spacing between movies and ppl have a real sour taste in the their mouths right now unfortunately.

      No way im dumping more money in a SW movie until i see good reviews from actual fans. Because the "pro" reviews have been paid off or something.


      ...same applies to DC....mind you the "death of superman" cartoon version wasnt too bad.
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    • I just recently learned from the IT employee who came by to update my work phone that apparently there is a lot, A LOT, of blow back on the new Star Wars movies and how absolutely total garbage trash bin fire they’ve become. Apparently people don’t like SJW crap sprinkled all over their classic movies and massive jumps in logic and story telling for the sake of making an extra buck. Who would have known? Anyways he politely stopped talking for some reason after I asked if Wolverine was in the last one.
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    • The original star wars wasn't that great either. It was the first of its kind and scope, and with the use of cgi which is why it did well. People just have fond memories of this movie, even with a bad script and poor acting. If the original star wars movie originally came out after the year 2000 with updated cgi but with same script and acting it would be badly mauled by critics.

      Nothing that will come out after the first 3 will ever top it for die hard fans. Lucas tried. Then Disney tried. Disney has moved onto the newer audience instead of trying to please the older fans who will never be satisfied.
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    • The prequels were great.

      I said it. Prove me wrong.
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    • The original star wars wasn't that great either. It was the first of its kind and scope, and with the use of cgi which is why it did well. People just have fond memories of this movie, even with a bad script and poor acting. If the original star wars movie originally came out after the year 2000 with updated cgi but with same script and acting it would be badly mauled by critics.

      Nothing that will come out after the first 3 will ever top it for die hard fans. Lucas tried. Then Disney tried. Disney has moved onto the newer audience instead of trying to please the older fans who will never be satisfied.
      Ill be satisfied when disney and kathleen kennedy get their shit together and give me star wars legends movies and tv shows and bring back season 7 and 8 of the clone wars, KOTOR 3 and 1313.
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  • zod
    • The prequels were great.

      I said it. Prove me wrong.
      I don't hate the prequels either. The worst is phantom menace but it's really the jar jar stuff, and little too much politics. I love Liam Neeson as a Jedi. Darth Maul is pretty cool. I love seeing a galaxy populated by Jedi, rather then there always being a singular last jedi. The movies get progressively better after that. I really do like Revenge of the Sith... it might have a few questionable scenes (like dying of a broken heart) but overall it's pretty enjoyable.
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    • The problem with the "Disney" version of Star Wars is that there is nothing new or original about them. The Force Awakens was basically A New Hope where Han was basically Obi-Wan and dies at the end of the movie like Obi-Wan did ANH. The Last Jedi was a train-wreck from start to finish. The original cast is all gone now. Han and Luke are dead and Leia has gone off into the sunset due to Carrie Fisher's death in RL.

      So what is there to draw ppl in for this 3rd movie? Rey/Poe/Finn are not Han/Luke/Leia in terms of onscreen chemistry and one liners. Their chemistry seems forced (no pun intended) and I am just not buying Kylo as the lead villian. Like he's supposed to be the new Vader, like come on.... Snoke who was the new Emperor is already dead. They turned the most powerful Jedi ever - Luke Skywalker into a complete and total wuss. I just don't see the draw to watch the 3rd movie of this trilogy. So I am sure that ppl aren't exactly all that excited about annnnnnother Star Wars movie when everything thus far has been crap.

      It also doesn't help that Disney has released a new SW movie every year since 2015 + Rebels. Lucas spread out the OT over a 7 yr period thus keeping our interest. Now sure, technology was different 40-50 yrs ago, but still there is such a thing as over-saturation and Disney is doing just that. Ppl are SW tired and they are disappointed with all the movies thus far that Disney has made except for Rogue One which they surprisingly got mostly right.

      Was it right to cancel the Kenobi movie? Well it depends on if Ewan was coming back to play Obi-Wan. If he was, then it might have been a huge mistake as he essentially made the role his in the prequels. Alec Guiness did a fabulous job with the role in the limited time he play Obi-Wan, but Ewan stole the character from Alec and ran with it and that's what a lot of fans want. Of course the script and the storyline plays a huge part too.... It doesn't matter how great the actor(s) are in a movie, if the script sucks, no actor can save it not even Obi-Wan Kenobi as our only hope (pun intended).
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    • Still wanna see a Kenobi movie and another Solo movie. I enjoyed Solo far more than The last Jedi. I think one of the reson it flopped was because of the last jedi. Rogue One is probably the best SW movie since empire. They need young new directors for the movies and less studio interference. In TLJ it is like two different films and it is horrible to watch some parts.
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    • I just recently learned from the IT employee who came by to update my work phone that apparently there is a lot, A LOT, of blow back on the new Star Wars movies and how absolutely total garbage trash bin fire they’ve become. Apparently people don’t like SJW crap sprinkled all over their classic movies and massive jumps in logic and story telling for the sake of making an extra buck. Who would have known? Anyways he politely stopped talking for some reason after I asked if Wolverine was in the last one.
      Well, if an IT professional said the new movies are crap, it has to be true.

      Solo was enjoyable but definitely not a crucial viewing like Rogue One was.
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    • The original star wars wasn't that great either. It was the first of its kind and scope, and with the use of cgi which is why it did well.
      You must be seriously confused. The *ORIGINAL* theatrical version of Star Wars had no such CGI.

      As per Steve McGarrigle:

      "All the space scenes were achieved using blue screens, models, a computerised camera system capable of repeating camera moves exactly, called ‘Dykstraflex’ after John Dykstra the visual effects guy who invented it and optical printers to merge all of the elements together on film.

      Creatures were either puppets or people in masks and makeup. Except that in ‘Return of the Jedi’ they had developed a complicated system to program animating puppets called ‘Go-Motion’ - the opposite of ‘Stop-Motion.’ They used it to animate the Rancor. ( I think it was also tested on a shot or two of the Tauntauns in The Empire Strikes Back.) The benefit of this system was that you could achieve motion blur with Go-Motion, something that was impossible with traditional stop-motion animation.

      Some CG elements were added later when the films were re-released."


      As stated until Lucas decided to release later version (eg,. CGI Jabba), the films were beloved BEFORE any of that CGI crap.

      As for the Kenobi standalone film....better to have the film put on hold than to let the current turkey's in charge release their version of it (ie., It wouldn't shock me if they made Kenobi into a female lol....)
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    • The original star wars wasn't that great either. It was the first of its kind and scope, and with the use of cgi which is why it did well.
      You must be seriously confused. The *ORIGINAL* theatrical version of Star Wars had no such CGI.
      Of course badOne is wrong and you're maybe 99.9% right

      The original 1977 Star Wars did make use of low resolution computer graphics for some content for the various in universe displays & screens

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMeSw00n3Ac
      As per Steve McGarrigle:...
      Except that in ‘Return of the Jedi’ they had developed a complicated system to program animating puppets called ‘Go-Motion’ - the opposite of ‘Stop-Motion.’ They used it to animate the Rancor. ( I think it was also tested on a shot or two of the Tauntauns in The Empire Strikes Back.) The benefit of this system was that you could achieve motion blur with Go-Motion, something that was impossible with traditional stop-motion animation.
      Whoever Steve McGarrigle is he's a bit wrong about the Rancor which was articulated by puppeteers in real time not frame by frame (although they played around with the camera's frame rate)
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    • As much as I love Star Wars, has anyone watched A New Hope recently? It's tough sledding, it doesn't hold up to the test of time. Empire and ROTJ still rocks though.
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    • Of course badOne is wrong and you're maybe 99.9% right

      The original 1977 Star Wars did make use of low resolution computer graphics for some content for the various in universe displays & screens

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMeSw00n3Ac


      Whoever Steve McGarrigle is he's a bit wrong about the Rancor which was articulated by puppeteers in real time not frame by frame (although they played around with the camera's frame rate)
      Fair comment - I just wanted to point out that the original version of A New Hope was hardly a CGI-fest ala Transformers live action crap (I doubt there's been a better Transformers movie than the animated cartoon one that came out in 1986).
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    • I'm for sure not wrong about Star Wars sucking as a film. By today's standards this might be a glorified tv movie special spread over several hours, with at best lukewarm ratings. There is a reason why Star Wars never took off in Asia, and why it did well in North America. Star Wars just came in at the right time in the right era. People in Asia who see it for the first time in the last 10 years don't see why it is popular. And they are right to think this way. It is very tame by today's standards.
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    • Had the original trilogy (1977-1983) been allowed to be shown in communist China at that time, I believe it definitely would have caught on there. They would have loved the Taoist philosophy of "The Force" and totally ate it up. China was introduced to "Star Wars" decades too late when both the prequel trilogy and Disney ownership had already ruined it.
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    • As much as I love Star Wars, has anyone watched A New Hope recently? It's tough sledding, it doesn't hold up to the test of time. Empire and ROTJ still rocks though.
      As a fan i always wanted remakes done on episodes 1-6. Base them on the novelizations, add more legends universe content into the movies, increase the length of the movies to add more character development, plot, world building etc...all 3 original trilogy movies are fantastic but could use a remake and polish up if done right. There is so much content that i can think off that would work so well to be incorporated into the movies.
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    • As much as I love Star Wars, has anyone watched A New Hope recently? It's tough sledding, it doesn't hold up to the test of time. Empire and ROTJ still rocks though.
      I couldn't disagree more. Empire is amazing, and definitely #1, but ROTJ ranks far FAR below A New Hope for me in the rankings. In fact, ROTJ ranks below Revenge of the Sith too. Honestly, I can't watch ROTJ anymore cause it just sucks so much.
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    • As a fan i always wanted remakes done on episodes 1-6. Base them on the novelizations, add more legends universe content into the movies, increase the length of the movies to add more character development, plot, world building etc...all 3 original trilogy movies are fantastic but could use a remake and polish up if done right. There is so much content that i can think off that would work so well to be incorporated into the movies.
      I'm of the opinion that SW does not need to be rebooted or remade. Just suck it up and leave well enough alone, and focus on building more stories to add to the SW movie universe.

      I think it's pretty obvious that unless Disney crams every fanboy idea and expectation into the movies, fans will bitch and complain. I'm sooooooooooo tired of hearing from every damn fan that thinks they can make a great SW movie.
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    • I couldn't disagree more. Empire is amazing, and definitely #1, but ROTJ ranks far FAR below A New Hope for me in the rankings. In fact, ROTJ ranks below Revenge of the Sith too. Honestly, I can't watch ROTJ anymore cause it just sucks so much.
      Not me, I'm the opposite. Unless they stick a gun to my head, I'm never watching episode 4 again. And while ROTS was the best of the prequels and I did find most of it enjoyable (somewhat), there's just so much bad acting in it that I have a hard time overlooking. And that **** scene where Kit Fisto, Saesee Tinn, and Agen Kolar gets own by Sidious in 3 seconds pissed me off so much.
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