In recent Star Wars news, it has been confirmed that there are currently no plans to extend the Obi-Wan Kenobi series. This comes as a surprise to fans, as the series, featuring Ewan McGregor reprising his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi, has been well-received by the audience. McGregor’s return to the character he played in the early 2000s Star Wars prequel trilogy was a notable highlight of the series, with his portrayal of the aging Jedi hiding on Tatooine and looking after a young Luke Skywalker. The series also revealed a previously unknown adventure with a young Princess Leia.
Adding to the appeal, the show saw the return of Hayden Christensen in the role of Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader, further fueling the nostalgia for the original trilogy. The series was well-received by fans, prompting speculation about potential future installments.
However, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy recently clarified on Entertainment Weekly’s Degobah Dispatch podcast that the company currently has no plans to expand the series. Kennedy stated, “I always hesitate to say: ‘No we won’t do anything more with Obi-Wan Kenobi’… Maybe what we end up doing is something that gets incorporated into some of the other stories we’re doing, or eventually into a movie – who knows? But right now, it’s still our stand-alone limited series. We have no plans for expansion right now”.
The show’s writer and executive producer, Joby Harold, echoed Kennedy’s sentiments. He mentioned that he had always perceived the series as a close-ended story, further implying that there are no current plans for continuation. Harold added, “I’ve just been thinking about this for so long as a close-ended story that my mind is so focused on this as a sort of limited [series], that I haven’t thought beyond it. But he’s a great character. They’re all amazing characters”.
Despite this news, fans of the Star Wars franchise can remain hopeful. Disney’s aim to continue expanding the Star Wars universe means that there’s always the possibility of McGregor donning his Jedi robes once more in future projects. However, as it stands, Kennedy and her team are seemingly moving on to other ventures.