‘Star Wars’ present ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ surprises followers with early premiere on Disney+

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“Obi-Wan Kenobi” is premiering on Disney+ a number of hours sooner than deliberate, the “Star Wars” present introduced Thursday night time.

West Coast viewers will have the ability to stream the primary two episodes of the present, starring Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen, beginning at 9 p.m. PT. Initially, they had been set to change into obtainable at midnight.

The information was introduced in a tweet from the official “Star Wars” account. “The time for @ObiWanKenobi has arrived… early,” the tweet reads. “Start streaming the first two episodes TONIGHT at 9 p.m. PT on @Disneyplus.”

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Earlier immediately on the Star Wars Celebration convention in Anaheim, Calif., “Star Wars” followers had been stunned with a premiere screening of the present at 7 p.m. PT — and now viewers at residence will have the ability to watch “Obi-Wan Kenobi” early as nicely.

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The Disney+ collection is the end result of years of planning at Lucasfilm to revive McGregor’s efficiency as Obi-Wan from the “Star Wars” prequel trilogy. Initially, the actor was meant to star in a standalone function movie directed by Stephen Daldry (“The Hours”). After the field workplace failure of “Solo: A Star Wars Story” in 2018, nevertheless, Lucasfilm scrapped its standalone motion pictures and refocused on creating exhibits for Disney+. The runaway success of “The Mandalorian” rekindled hope that McGregor would don Obi-Wan’s gown once more for a streaming collection.

Ewan McGregor poses with Stormtroopers as he attends the

Ewan McGregor poses with Stormtroopers as he attends the “Obi-Wan Kenobi” photocall on the Corinthia Resort London on Could 12, 2022, in England. 
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The actor lastly confirmed the information to nice fanfare on the D23 Expo in August 2019, however a deliberate shoot in 2020 with “The Mandalorian” director Deborah Chow was delayed when the unique head author, Hossein Amini (“The Alienist”), left the manufacturing. After Joby Harold (“Army of the Dead”) was employed to take over, the six-episode collection was delayed once more because of the pandemic. Disney lastly introduced in February that the present would debut on Disney+ on Could 25, 2022, after which in late March, pushed the discharge two days to Could 27.

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Set roughly 10 years after the occasions of 2005’s “Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith,” “Obi-Wan Kenobi” picks up with Obi-Wan’s life in exile on Tatooine. After Order 66 decimated the Jed, Obi-Wan is a hunted man, particularly by an Inquisitor named Reva Sevander (Moses Ingram). 

Hayden Christensen attends the studio showcase panel at Star Wars Celebration for

Hayden Christensen attends the studio showcase panel at Star Wars Celebration for “Obi-Wan Kenobi” in Anaheim, California, on Could 26, 2022.
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Christensen can also be reprising his efficiency from the prequels as Anakin Skywalker, now remodeled by his final encounter with Obi-Wan into Darth Vader; and Joel Edgerton and Bonnie Piesse return as Luke Skywalker’s uncle Owen and aunt Beru Lars. The collection co-stars Rupert Buddy, Indira Varma, Sung Kang, Kumail Nanjiani, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Simone Kessell, Benny Safdie and Maya Erskine.

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