Obi-Wan Kenobi Rumor Reveals Another Jedi Actor In the Disney+ Show

By Russ Milheim Updated:
Obi-Wan Kenobi, Lightsabers, Jedi

2022 has seen the return of live-action Star Wars projects. While The Book of Boba Fett wasn’t exactly what fans were hoping for, it still certainly provided enough to satisfy many in some way or another. It’s hard not to when Luke Skywalker, Ahsoka Tano, Cad Bane, Cobb Vanth, Mando, and Grogu all made surprise appearances. Not only that, but the now-famous Mandalorian basically snuck in his own solo episode.

While the book of Boba’s tale may have closed, the next show on the docket is one which fans have been anticipating for a very long time: Obi-Wan Kenobi. The return of Ewan McGregor’s iconic Jedi Master easily ranks the highest amongst audience anticipation.

There have been calls for McGregor to come back to his Jedi role for over a decade now, and it’s finally coming true. Not only that, but he’ll be up against Hayden Christensen’s Darth Vader—alongside those pesky Inquisitors that will be on his tail.

According to a new report, the exiled Jedi Master may also meet a new lightsaber-wielding face.

Kenobi Meets A New Face

Tom OConnell
Tom O’Connell

In a new report from Making Star Wars, the site reported that actor and stuntman Tom O’Connell will be playing a Jedi Knight in the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney+ series.

His Jedi will be a Zabrak, the same species as the former Sith Lord Darth Maul, but without the facial tattoos in a similar vein of Eeth Koth's appearance.

Eeth Koth

The report is unclear whether he is a surviving Jedi or one from flashbacks—either to the Clone Wars in general or the fateful Order 66 itself.

The Zabrak Joins The Fray

If there’s one thing Star Wars has always been good at, it’s retroactively adding in canon—it’s basically what the entire series is built on. Even The Mandalorian counts within that realm, seeing as those events would have already happened by the time the sequel trilogy happens.

All of that is to say audiences may not have ever seen or heard of this particular Zabrak played by Tom O’ Connell. How he ends up intersecting with Obi-Wan’s journey, though, is unknown. Is he an ally? Maybe shaping up to be an Inquisitor himself?

After all, following Order 66 the Jedi should be pretty careful who they trust. While it’s more than likely his character will be in the show’s “present” day, it would be neat to get more flashbacks to the Clone Wars era. This could also provide more opportunities for Hayden Christensen’s Anakin, or even Rosario Dawson’s Ahsoka, to show their faces.

Obi-Wan Kenobi airs May 25 exclusively on Disney+.

- About The Author: Russ Milheim
Russ Milheim is the Industry Relations Coordinator at The Direct. On top of utilizing his expertise on the many corners of today’s entertainment to cover the latest news and theories, he establishes and maintains communication and relations between the outlet and the many studio and talent representatives.