All Star Wars fans have May 25 circled on their calendars, when the long-awaited Obi-Wan Kenobi series is finally due to premiere on Disney+. Having pitched for a solo project following the Jedi Master's time in exile since Lucasfilm was acquired by Disney in 2012, the galaxy far, far away's faithful are mere months away from experiencing an event that was a decade in the making.
Ewan McGregor donning his Jedi robes once more will be a sight to behold, something particularly moving for those who grew up with his take on the iconic character in the early 2000s. Also returning is his prequel trilogy co-star Hayden Christensen, who will be portraying Darth Vader for scenes outside the mask and any sequences depicting Anakin Skywalker.
While Vader is set to be the main antagonist, his Inquisitors will have a strong presence throughout the series as well. It was recently reported that Rupert Friend will be portraying the Grand Inquisitor, previously introduced in Star Wars: Rebels, and Moses Ingram has long been rumored to be playing one of the Empire's Jedi hunters as well. A group of former Jedi themselves, the Inquisitors are not known for their mercy.
It appears that the Inquisitors' violent tendencies will be dialed up to 11 in Obi-Wan Kenobi. A new rumor indicates that members of the force will be displaying viciousness outmatched only by their master, and one of the enforcers set to appear will indeed be a new face.
Violent Inquisitors & the Third Sister to Appear in Kenobi
Making Star Wars has corroborated the Bespin Bulletin report that Rupert Friend will be playing the Grand Inquisitor in Obi-Wan Kenobi. Additionally, one of the outlet's sources shared that Moses Ingram will be playing a previously unseen Jedi hunter, the Third Sister.
MSW described the Inquisitors as "brutal" in the series. The report details a sequence in which the Third Sister cuts the hands off of a Tatooine citizen, to the shock (and amusement) of even the Grand Inquisitor.
This is said to be just one of many examples of their ruthlessness, and they'll be the tone setters for the series. The Inquisitors' presence makes it all the more important to ensure that Luke and Leia go undiscovered.
Inquisitors Taking Hands and Kicking Ass
It seems as though the Inquisitors are about to become a far more fearful group than before.
The last time one was seen committing such a brutal act was when the Grand Inquisitor executed two Imperial officers at the orders of Grand Moff Tarkin in Rebels Season 1, and even that came with a hint of remorse. Following that, the only other series of events with such violence involving the group was their deaths, when Maul wiped out a trio of Inquisitors on Malachor.
The Inquisitors don't need a good reason to be on Tatooine. Imperial forces are everywhere, imposing their will on backwater planets and core worlds alike. The arrival of the Grand Inquisitor and Third Sister could simply be the latest stop in their voyage across the galaxy to find Jedi in hiding, and this forces Obi-Wan's hand to take action.
Kenobi might feel the presence of the Dark Side on Tatooine, which leads him to inform Owen Lars that he'll be going off-world for a time. With the Inquisitors posing a threat to Luke Skywalker, it's Obi-Wan's job to ensure that he gets them as far away from the boy as possible, and that probably means luring them into a chase across different planets. Leia is involved in the series as well, but it's unknown how Obi-Wan will work to protect her the way he protects her brother.
Should the report about Moses Ingram's character prove true, this will mark the first appearance of the Third Sister in any capacity on-screen.
There doesn't seem to be a set number of Inquisitors, but the Third Sister fills in a blank that's left fans scratching their heads since the Darth Vader (2017) comic series. Given that she isn't around by the time of Rebels and Obi-Wan needs to do something that attracts the attention of Vader, there's a good chance the Third Sister bites the big one at the hands of the Jedi Master.
Seeing the Red Blades enforcing their will in an unrestricted capacity sounds incredibly exciting - the perfect primer for the things to come between Obi-Wan and Vader. With the Inquisitors on the Jedi's scent and close to locating the children of Anakin Skywalker, the stakes for the series will be set high from the get-go.
Obi-Wan Kenobi debuts on May 25 on Disney+.