Star Wars Day 2021 has been quite the experience for fans of the galaxy far, far away.
Disney and Lucasfilm celebrated by dropping the debut episode of their newest dip into animation, The Bad Batch, which is set to serve as a direct follow-up to the seven seasons of action in The Clone Wars. Additionally, news has arrived regarding upcoming fan experiences at Disney's theme parks as well as looks into the Skywalker Saga accompanied by the classic hashtag #MayTheFourthBeWithYou.
The future of Star Wars holds multiple exciting additions to the saga, including the highly-anticipated Obi-Wan Kenobi limited series on Disney+. Leading actor Ewan McGregor will return to the role for the first time since 2005's Return of the Sith, and he will be accompanied by nearly a dozen of Hollywood's brightest stars to tell this story.
Fittingly coming on Star Wars Day, news has come surrounding this series that should have fans jumping to the stars for joy...
OBI-WAN HAS BEGUN FILMING
A recent leak from Kessel Run Transmissions' own Noah Outlaw revealed that filming is underway for Disney and Lucasfilm's Obi-Wan Kenobi, which will premiere on Disney+ sometime in 2022. The photos include a look at the Tatooine set along with a sighting of a Bantha.
The full post can be seen below:
Filming for #ObiWanKenobi is well underway here in LA!— Noah Outlaw (@OutlawNoah) May 4, 2021
BANTHA SPOTTING! pic.twitter.com/OFmm8BC4HA
A LONG TIME AGO, IN A TATOOINE FAR, FAR AWAY...
This leak provides some thrilling news for fans, who have been waiting for this series to finally get cameras rolling as production starts.
Set videos from about a month ago revealed that an expansive set was being built for the long-standing Star Wars planet Tatooine, which is known as both the home of the Skywalkers and Obi-Wan's planet of choice for exile. The photos are also taken from the same angle as those from about two weeks ago confirming the specific set for the Lars homestead which first appeared in Episode IV: A New Hope.
While plot details for Obi-Wan Keboni are being expectedly kept in the dark, it's becoming evident that the sand planet will be utilized as a primary location in the Jedi master's solo project. The team is clearly taking inspiration from the show's predecessors by utilizing the Banthas, who were first seen in Episode IV and should help make both stories cohesive with one another.
With Hayden Christensen returning as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader in this show, Tatooine could serve as an emotional background for a rematch between Jedi Padawan and Master, especially considering both of their deep connections to the planet. It's also known that Obi-Wan ends Episode III and starts Episode IV calling the sand land home, and it will be interesting to find out how this series fills in the 20-year gap in the overarching adventure.
Obi-Wan Kenobi is currently filming and will debut on Disney+ sometime in 2022.