Update: At Disney’s D23 Expo for the Disney Plus Showcase, Lucasfilm executive Kathleen Kennedy confirmed the news. McGregor is back as Obi-Wan! Read the full D23 panel report. The original story can be found below.
McGregor is the second actor to play the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi, after renowned actor Alec Guiness originated the character in the original Star Wars. McGregor stepped into the Star Wars universe as a younger version of the character in the prequel trilogy. The Phantom Menace, which came out 20 years ago this year, was McGregor’s first appearance in the series. He also played Obi-Wan in both Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.
McGregor has been hoping for the chance to return to the character for years now. In a 2015 interview at the Edinburgh Film Festival, McGregor said, “I’d be happy to do the story from episode three where I finish up and Alec Guiness starts.”
While that may be the story McGregor has been hoping to tell, there are no details on what this new series will actually be about. There have also been rumors that an Obi-Wan spin off film would happen, similar to last year’s ill-fated Solo: A Star Wars Story, however, it seems that Disney is opting to tell its Obi-Wan story as a Disney Plus series instead.
This series would be the third Star Wars series headed to Disney Plus so far after The Mandalorian, which will star Pedro Pascal in the title role, and the still-unnamed Cassian Andor series, which will see Diego Luna reprise his Rogue One role as a Rebel spy.
Star Wars isn’t the only Disney property that’s getting the streaming series treatment. The entertainment giant has also announced Marvel series like Falcon and the Winter Soldier and WandaVision, which it will release on Disney Plus as well.
There’s no word yet on when this series might release, but The Mandalorian is set to premiere on Nov. 12, the day Disney Plus launches.