An Obi-Wan Spinoff Is Maybe, Possibly, Finally Happening

Disney has been playing a dangerous game with Ewan McGregor's career. With the rumors of an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie swelling and then dying out again and again, seemingly as a sick joke played on Star Wars fans to make them think they're in some kind of sadistic time loop scenario, it was only a matter of time before McGregor flipped out on the 900th interviewer who asked if he'd want to do an Obi-Wan movie. There's only so many times and ways you can say, "I think it's a good idea and it would be fun" before you snap and become an infamous NSFW YouTube clip.

This time, the rumor might be real, because the news isn't coming from someone's best friend's brother who waxes McGregor's perineum. Deadline says that McGregor has officially signed on (but has not yet been officially announced) to play Obi-Wan in a spinoff -- although not as a movie, but a series on Disney+.

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It's probably for the best. As we've learned from the first two (now maybe only?) "anthology" films, Rogue One and Solo, Star Wars films carry so much gravitas that if an installment isn't exquisite, it's seen as trash. The bar is much lower for TV. The three major Star Wars series made to date -- Clone Wars, Rebels, and Resistance -- were/are great, and have benefited from the lower expectations around television (and probably the lower expectations of animation, too). When movies fail, they fail on a grand scale. When TV shows fail, they just kind of come and go. The rules might be different for a wildly expensive Star Wars live-action show, but at least it won't need to exceed enormous opening weekend box office expectations just to be considered a success.

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No word yet on when and where the series would take place. The logical setting would be between Revenge Of The Sith and A New Hope, when Obi-Wan is in the Tatooine desert watching a young Luke Skywalker through binoculars and dutifully explaining to the Jawas that he is in fact not a space child molester.

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