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Obi-Wan Kenobi Leak Reveals Princess Leia's Role In the Disney+ Show

Princess Leia, Obi-Wan Kenobi
By Richard Nebens

Lucasfilm's next dip into live-action storytelling will come with Obi-Wan Kenobi, Ewan McGregor's highly-anticipated limited series centered on the Jedi Master. Providing insight into the story that comes before his original story with Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia in Episode IV, the Obi-Wan Kenobi series will help expand mightily on the classic character's exile on Tatooine.

Not much information is known at all about the series, although fans got a look at its glorious official poster following the end of The Book of Boba Fett. However, rumors have pointed to just how deeply the plot will connect with the prequel trilogy that heavily featured McGregor, even outside of his touted rematch with Hayden Christensen's Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader.

Along with characters like the Grand Inquisitor from Lucasfilm's animated projects, Obi-Wan Kenobi is rumored to feature important live-action characters such as Jimmy Smits' Bail Organa.

The latest rumor surrounding the show teases that this is a setup for an even bigger character in Star Wars history to have her time in the spotlight: Princess Leia.

Obi-Wan's Mission in Disney+ Series

Obi-Wan Kenobi, Princess Leia
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Star Wars News Net teased a new rumor regarding Princess Leia's role in the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi show on Disney+.

As it turns out, Obi-Wan's important mission in this series will be to rescue Leia after she finds herself in trouble at only 10 years old. She's said to be a prisoner at "a Cantina-like establishment" that will feature aliens and creatures both new and old.

Jimmy Smits' rumored inclusion as Bail Organa is now set more firmly into stone with this new rumor, as he was last seen taking custody of Leia in Episode III while Luke went to Owen and Beru. 

Leia's story at this age is mostly a mystery, as the only time she's mentioned in canon is in the comic Star Wars #33 at nine years old, when she was living at Alderaan's Royal Palace. She ran away for a whole week and hid in a forest, but other than that, her entire childhood is an open slate. 

Lucasfilm has reportedly cast Vivien Lyra Blair as 10-year-old Princess Leia.

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"Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You're my only hope."

Almost no character has had a more extensive story in Star Wars history than Princess Leia Organa, who appeared in all three original films, the entire sequel trilogy, and even Rogue One. Considering her ties to Obi-Wan Kenobi's central character, it seems almost fitting that this story will catch up with the heroine in her primitive days.

As mentioned earlier, the only story from Leia's childhood came from when she was nine years old, leaving two decades of adventures to tell before she boards the rebels' ship in Rogue One. Unsurprisingly, her mischievous ways seemingly continue to shine through before her first encounter with Darth Vader, regardless of who ends up capturing her in this show.

This could give Jimmy Smits' Senator Organa a bigger role as he helps Obi-Wan look for his adopted daughter, as Obi-Wan's mission to find her will likely be one of the main plot points. Where that takes him across the galaxy is still unknown, but considering how protective he is of both Skywalker children, viewers can expect that he'll stop at nothing to make sure they're safe.

More of this story will likely come to light in Obi-Wan Kenobi's eventual first trailer, which should be in preparation now with the show just over three months from premiering. Whether that trailer fully shows Leia won't be revealed for some time, but it appears that Star Wars' original heroine will remain a key player 45 years after her debut.

Obi-Wan Kenobi will begin streaming on Disney+ on May 25, 2022.