Tatooine has seen a return to prominence in recent Star Wars Disney+ series, most recently thanks to The Book of Boba Fett. The titular crime lord claimed control of Mos Espa and its surrounding territories, and save for the sequences following Din Djarin and Grogu, the show never left that world. Obi-Wan Kenobi is set to bring fans back to the dustball, where the Jedi Master in hiding watches over Luke Skywalker.
Kenobi will eventually see the lead make his way off-planet in a riveting adventure, but the outset paints a bleak picture. Beyond ensuring Luke's safety from afar, Obi-Wan has little else to do but sleep, meditate, and ride his Eopie into town. The show's teaser trailer hints that Obi-Wan may have a job, but it's nothing big enough to prohibit him from fulfilling his sole purpose.
Things appear to get a little interesting in the center of the town when the Inquisitors arrive. In the trailer, there are shots of the Grand Inquisitor interrogating someone, and Reva draws her lightsaber as Uncle Owen makes a run for it. The Entertainment Weekly images also tease a face-off between the moisture farmer and Third Sister, and the Imperial enforcers make it clear they aren't to be crossed, as a hanging body is seen in the footage.
Only a handful of locations on Tatooine have actually been referenced or visited in Star Wars visual media, so many fans assumed the location in Kenobi would be a familiar one. That will indeed be the case, albeit in an unexpected manner. A new rumor is revealing that the town seen will be one name-dropped back in A New Hope, and first officially visited in The Book of Boba Fett.
Anchorhead to Appear in Obi-Wan Kenobi
Star Wars News Net reported that the town Anchorhead will be featured on Tatooine in Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Fans familiar with the name first heard it uttered by Luke Skywalker in A New Hope, and later in The Book of Boba Fett by Boba Fett. The latter series saw the titular character make a brief appearance in Tosche Station, which is on the outskirts of the town.
In Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anchorhead is rumored to serve as a transportation hub. The center of the town houses a massive tower, much like the ones seen at airports. It's believed that the sequences with the Inquisitors shown in the trailer and stills are all from Anchorhead and that Obi-Wan will eventually leave Tatooine via transport from that town.
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Anchorhead serving the prominent town in Obi-Wan Kenobi actually comes as little surprise. Given the presumed proximity to the town from the Lars homestead, it would make far more sense for Owen and, by extension, Obi-Wan, to appear there than somewhere farther out like Mos Espa. Luke Skywalker implies that he spends his free time in Anchorhead with his friends in A New Hope, adding another layer of connective tissue between the films and shows.
While The Book of Boba Fett technically brought the town's appearance into canon through Tosche Station, Kenobi will provide a fleshed-out idea of what Anchorhead is really like. Tosche Station was originally conceived for Episode IV, and a deleted scene of footage there does exist that would've served as the initial introduction to Luke. That setting was directly translated into Boba Fett, but the station is too small to be representative of the entire town.
It's interesting to see that Anchorhead is much bigger than one would expect, based on how it's previously been described. The shot of Obi-Wan taking public transit reveals the full scale of the town from a distance, and the transportation tower can be easily pinpointed. From the looks of things, Anchorhead has a similar aesthetic to both Mos Eisley and Mos Espa, though parts of the streets are narrower.
The Inquisitors' arrival will spice up what seems to be a generally mundane existence in the town. Tatooine citizens have never shied away from giving people lip, which is going to prove costly for one unfortunate local - but beneficial for Vader's hunters. A quick getaway may be necessary for Obi-Wan if things start to get dicey, so he's lucky to be near a transportation hub.
However, that may be all part of his grand plan. As the Jedi Master once said, "there's no such thing as luck."
Obi-Wan Kenobi debuts on Disney+ on May 25.