Obi-Wan Kenobi
Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader seen in a lightsaber battle from the Obi-Wan Kenobi series preview. Source: Screengrab from Obi-Wan Kenobi preview, Disney+, Lucasfilm Ltd

It has been 15 long years since Obi-Wan Kenobi appeared on screens via Ewan McGregor; however, the actor returned to play the master Jedi in the upcoming TV series Obi-Wan Kenobi on Disney+.

The series will be set in the timeline between the prequel and the original trilogies, 10 years after the end of the Revenge of The Sith film from 2005; and Hayden Christensen, the actor who played Anakin Skywalker, is set to be involved in the upcoming series as well; he will be returning as none other than the source of all my childhood nightmares – Darth Vader.

You read it right, Darth Vader is returning.

Obi-Wan Kenobi vs Darth Vader rematch

The end of the Revenge of The Sith movie saw Anakin Skywalker dueling his mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi in an epic lightsaber battle, culminating in the former having his hand cut off and falling into a pit of lava; as Ewan McGregor delivered one of the most famous lines of the movie:

“You were the chosen one! It was said that you would destroy the Sith, not join them!

Bring balance to the Force, not leave it in darkness!”

The preview of the TV series was released on 12 November, and although it didn’t feature any footage from the show, an animation appeared to hint at a lightsaber battle between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader.

Ewan McGregor was seen in the preview saying that it might be “quite satisfying” for the two to have “another swing at each other.”

Obi-Wan Kenobi’s story can’t be told without Vader

Director Deborah Chow said in the TV preview that they “couldn’t tell the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi without addressing Anakin or Vader.”

Describing the timeline that the TV series will be set in (10 years after Revenge of the Sith), Chow described it as being a “dark time” for the Jedi Master, who became one of the last remaining Jedis in the universe after Anakin’s defection to the dark side.

She said that it’s “not safe, there are Jedi hunters out there”.

The series was confirmed by Kathleen Kennedy, the president of Lucasfilm, in August 2019; it was delayed after the original head writer Hossein Amini was replaced by Joby Harold, before the Covid-19 pandemic put a spanner in the works, delaying it even further.

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