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Obi-Wan Kenobi: Show’s Creator Shares Some Teases for Upcoming Star Wars Series on Disney+

Published on April 13th, 2022 | Updated on April 13th, 2022 | By FanFest

Joby Harold, the creator of Obi-Wan Kenobi, has hinted that the series’ namesake hero will face major obstacles when he returns this summer.

Harold spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the time period and what fans should anticipate when the series debuts.

“It takes place 10 years after Revenge of the Sith, in a time of darkness in the galaxy. The Empire is in the ascendancy. And all the horrors that come with the Empire are being made manifest throughout the galaxy. And the Jedi Order as we know them are being all but wiped out. So everything that was in the prequels has crumbled.

Those surviving Jedi, those that do survive, are on the run, and they’re in hiding. And Vader and his Inquisitors are chasing them to the end of the galaxy.”

In conclusion, Obi-Wan (Ewan McGregor) will have his work cut out for him. The time period in which the series is set is known as the Dark Times, and it lives up to its name. For thousands of years, the Jedi Knights had been the protectors of peace and justice in the Old Republic until Darth Vader and the Empire rose to power and changed everything.

After the devastation of everything he believed in and being hunted by Inquisitors, Ben looks dejected in the Obi-Wan Kenobi trailer. He gazes longingly at a young Luke Skywalker from afar, but he’s still too young to fulfill his destiny.

In Episode III of the Star Wars saga, Order 66 was used to execute Jedi deemed traitors to the Galactic Republic. Vader’s (Hayden Christensen) presence will be felt strongly in Obi-Wan, as he is in command of overseeing the eradication of the fallen Jedi order.

He also spoke on how difficult it is to live during this time for Obi-Wan, and the issues he’ll face on his journey.

“Within that hopeless fatalistic world, we find possibly the most famous of all our surviving Jedi in hiding struggling with that faith that defines the Jedi, and wanting to hold onto it and hoping to regain that faith within that sort of hopeless world.

Within that environment and that galaxy, his faith is tested. And he goes on a journey that allows him to travel from that character that we saw in the last of the prequels, where [McGregor] really felt like he was embodying Obi-Wan Kenobi to a pretty extraordinary degree, and ends with him as the more finished article that Sir Alec Guinness gave to the world in A New Hope. And so in this very specific time in the history of Star Wars, when the Jedi are on run, we get to sort of stand next to and watch Obi-Wan as he runs the gauntlet and has to survive a pretty extraordinary experience.”

It’s comforting to know that the tough times will eventually pass and there is optimism ahead. Obi-Wan will have to go through difficulties and carry the burden of his Padawan turning to the Dark Side, but Luke Skywalker symbolizes the rejuvenated hope of a galaxy no longer under Vader’s control. It will just take some sacrifices to get to that point.

On May 27, the first two episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi will premiere on Disney Plus.

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