After a short break from live-action storytelling, Disney and Lucasfilm will take a blast to the past with the highly-anticipated May release of Obi-Wan Kenobi. This will be Ewan McGregor's first appearance as the grizzled Jedi since 2005's Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, with his return bridging the gap between that prequel film and A New Hope.
Lucasfilm has utilized Disney+ to incredible results over the last couple of years, with Emmy-winning efforts on The Mandalorian and a widely-watched spin-off series in The Book of Boba Fett. Now, Obi-Wan Kenobi looks to take an even deeper trip down memory lane as it adds to Obi-Wan's journey while also mixing in new layers to the mythology that began 45 years ago.
With all 11 big-screen Star Wars outings having been rated PG or PG-13, which has continued into the Disney+ spin-offs as they earned ratings of TV-14 for The Mandalorian and TV-12 for The Book of Boba Fett. Now, ahead of Ewan McGregor's return to the galaxy far, far away, his show's rating has fans in a state of surprise.
Obi-Wan Kenobi's Rating on Disney+
Disney+ U.K. has listed the Obi-Wan Kenobi series with a TV age rating of 9+, which is notably lower than the live-action Star Wars Disney+ series that have come before it.
For reference, The Mandalorian was rated 14+ while The Book of Boba Fett was rated 12+. Obi-Wan Kenobi's rating is the same as Star Wars: Visions, although it's higher than both animated series in The Clone Wars and The Bad Batch (6+).
Why So Low for Obi-Wan Kenobi?
Disney fans have seen lower ratings than expected from recent releases across the company's landscape, most recently coming from Marvel Studios' upcoming Disney+ series Ms. Marvel. However, this certainly comes as more of a shock for Star Wars fans considering how much of McGregor's Obi-Wan has already come through on the big screen.
A 9+ rating would seemingly indicate that everything in Obi-Wan Kenobi is more than appropriate for any viewers over the age of nine years old, meaning there may not be as much violence or language as there is in other Star Wars properties. However, while this rating may seem low, there's a precedent set that indicates it could change as the season moves forward.
Marvel Studios' WandaVision saw its rating change from TV-12 to TV-14 after its first couple of episodes, which is what fans are hoping happens for Obi-Wan Kenobi. However, it turns out, this low rating only makes the series that much more intriguing to watch as McGregor brings the story back a few decades in time.
Obi-Wan Kenobi is set to begin streaming on Disney+ on May 27.