On today's installment of Disney seemingly attempting to poach yet another IP it somehow has managed to get its white-gloved hands on throughout its several notable acquisitions over the past decade, the company has brought a bit started in the popular Fast & Furious franchise to its logical conclusion, bringing on Sung Kang, the beloved actor behind Han Lue, or Han Seoul-Oh in a new television show entitled Obi-Wan Kenobi.
On Monday morning, the official Star Wars Twitter account posted an announcement sharing the cast of the upcoming Disney+ “special event series" with the world. A star-studded group, several acclaimed actors, including Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen, Kumail Nanjiani, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Benny Safdie, and of course, Kang are all set to partake in the series which is set to commence filming next month, according to the post.
Although as ScreenRant noted, Kang is a Star Wars newcomer, he's no stranger to the galactic franchise. Throughout the series, Kang, who plays Han Lue goes by the alias Han Seoul-Oh, an easter egg that symbolizes his character. “In reality, Kang's character is named Han Lue, as confirmed by Better Luck Tomorrow, the film that cemented the character's origins,” Kara Hedash, a reporter at the entertainment publication noted of the two franchises' connection. “Seeing as Han spent time on the run, he was forced to pick a fake name to evade capture. Playing into Han Solo's past in wanting to work alone, Han chose a codename to emulate his own status.”
Although it is unclear who Kang will be portraying in the upcoming series, to pretty much everyone's disappointment, his character is very unlikely to be or directly interact with Han Solo, there is still a slim chance Kang's character could meet the famed Millennium Falcon captain based on the show's canonical timeline. “The show is set 10 years after Revenge of the Sith and nine years before A New Hope, where we first met Obi-Wan Kenobi as an older man (played by Alec Guinness), sort of like how The Mandalorian is set a few years after Return of the Jedi and before The Force Awakens,” Thrillist described of the series' clandestine plot last month. “All these time-jumps in between movie trilogies left a lot of space open for TV shows to fill, apparently."