As with Star Trek, that other stellar behemoth Star Wars looks to be getting a new lease of life on a subscription platform. Amongst The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett and the forthcoming Ahsoka, the potential real ‘crown’ in the Lucasfilm firmament is likely to be Obi-Wan Kenobi, due to hit Disney+ at the end of May.
It sees not only the return of Ewan McGregor to the role of the younger Kenobi, which he – of course – first played in the Star Wars prequels (the elder version played by Sir Alec Guiness in the original trilogy) but also Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker aka Darth Vader. Despite a lot of rumours and the occasional promotional image, that’s all we’ve really known about the show, but that changed somewhat when Disney+ released the first real trailer for the series on Wednesday.
It shows the Empire desperately searching for the errant Jedi Knight who has escaped the fall of his order and has taken to hiding on Tatooine where he has hidden Skywalker’s secret son, Luke, from anyone who may come looking. The Empire might not be fully aware of the Skywalker legacy and its role in what will come later, but they are anxious to capture Kenobi and begin to set in motion a series of events that they hope will draw him out into the open.
Promises a lot, this teaser does. We’ll start to fill in some of the blanks in the Star Wars timeline on 25th May.