ANAHEIM, CA–Confirming years’ worth of Star Wars fans’ hopes and dreams, Disney has officially announced that actor Ewan McGregor will be returning as Obi-Wan Kenobi for a series on new streaming service DisneyPlus. What fans may not have expected, however, is that the series will consist entirely on Obi-Wan delivering his signature catchphrase, “Hello there.”
Obi-Wan Kenobi was first seen uttering the catchy greeting “Hello there!” in 2005, while approaching General Grievous and his forces in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Since then, the phrase has circled the internet as a meme and pop culture phenomenon. While Kenobi has accomplished many remarkable things in his career as a Jedi Knight, such as training both the Chosen One and his son, his contributions to pop culture with those two simple words will undoubtedly remain his greatest legacy and the highlight of his career.
Fans who were hoping for a chronicle of Obi-Wan’s years on Tattooine may be disappointed (and will still have to settle for Rodrigo Garcia’s Last Days in the Desert as the closest thing they’ve got). The new series will focus solely on Kenobi delivering his classic “Hello there!” line in a number of different contexts and settings. The series is expected to include some replays of the original scene from Revenge of the Sith, likely set to different tempos and background music, as well as new scenes of Kenobi saying “Hello there!” to various other characters in the Star Wars universe. The first trailer for the highly-anticipated series can be found here.
Star Wars: A New Hello There will stream on DisneyPlus in 2022. At publishing time, Disney had also announced plans for a spin-off series starring voice actor Matthew Wood, focusing solely on Grievous saying, “General Kenobi.”