BURBANK, CA–New details have recently come to light about the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series on DisneyPlus. While the show was initially expected to follow Obi-Wan’s adventures after Revenge of the Sith, sources today confirmed that the show will feature Ben Kenobi’s Force ghost following the events of Return of the Jedi.
To save money in the special effects department, Disney has hired the actual ghost of the late Sir Alec Guinness to reprise his role as old Ben. Guinness, who famously hated Star Wars after appearing in the original trilogy, has stated that he would only return to the franchise over his dead body. True to his word, the apparition has reportedly now signed a multi-season contract with Disney.
As casting reports have confirmed, Hayden Christensen will return as the Force ghost of Anakin Skywalker, who was inexplicably reverted to his younger appearance in George Lucas’s edits of Return of the Jedi. The ghost of actor Sebastian Shaw, who originally portrayed Skywalker in 1983, was reportedly angry at being overlooked for the role–so upset, in fact, that he’s decided to become a supervillain and menace the X-Men.
Like all live-action Star Wars shows, Obi-Wan Kenobi is expected to feature appearances from a number of other fan-favorite characters. The Mandalorian and Grogu will show up in the middle of the arc and completely shift the focus away from the titular character for at least three of the show’s six episodes. Fans of The Clone Wars are also hoping to see live-action versions of other familiar characters, such as King Lee-Char and Stinky the Hutt. Rumor has it that Obi-Wan Kenobi may even appear briefly in his own series!
Speculation is running wild that the focus on ghostly characters could introduce Kenobi to new enemies, perhaps even paving the way for the long-awaited Star Wars/Ghostbusters crossover. We all hope the critics don’t boo this decision, or else it’ll haunt them forever!
Obi-Wan Kenobi premieres May 27th on DisneyPlus.