Disney+ announces 'Obi-Wan Kenobi' series to begin shooting in April

Disney+ announced Monday that its highly anticipated “Star Wars” series “Obi-Wan Kenobi” will finally begin shooting in April.

The show, which will have Ewan McGregor reprising his role as the titular Jedi Master, is set 10 years after the events of “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith,” in which his former pupil, Anakin Skywalker, turned to the Dark Side and became Darth Vader.

The announcement also confirmed the show’s cast. Hayden Christensen will reprise his role as Anakin/Darth Vader. Joel Edgerton and Bonnie Piesse, who appeared in the “Star Wars” prequels, will again play Luke Skywalker’s Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru.

Obi-Wan promised Yoda he’d watch over Luke from afar on Tatooine. Luke, as a teenager, eventually reunites with him, as seen in “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.”

The cast also includes Kumail Nanjiani, who stars in Marvel Studios’ upcoming “The Eternals,” as well as O’Shea Jackson Jr., Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, Sung Kang, Simone Kessell and filmmaker Benny Safdie.

“Obi-Wan Kenobi” will be directed by Deborah Chow, who called the shots on two episodes of “The Mandalorian.”

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