For Star Wars fans, 2022 looks to be a year long remembered, as Lucasfilm is expected to release a bounty of new shows for Disney+ ranging from Andor to Season 3 of The Mandalorian and, potentially, Ahsoka.
Although, of all the projects packed into Lucasfilm's upcoming roster, one of the most anticipated has to be Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Directed by The Mandalorian's Deborah Chow, Obi-Wan Kenobi is set a decade after the events of Revenge of the Sith and marks the return of Ewan McGregor as the iconic Jedi Master. However, McGregor isn't the only prequel trilogy star reprising his role. Hayden Christensen, who played Anakin Skywalker and Darth Vader, is also set to return.
Ahead of the Disney+ Day, where fans anticipated footage, trailers, and new announcements for the streaming service, a trailer or new teaser for the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series seemed like a sure thing; but as the Jedi Master once said, "Only a Sith deals in absolutes."
Where's the Obi-Wan Kenobi Trailer?
While Marvel Studios revealed a slew of new title cards for their upcoming series and some new footage for Disney+ Day, Star Wars fans were given a Disney+ special titled Under the Helmet: The Legacy of Boba Fett and a 2020 sizzle reel for the Obi-Wan Kenobi series which accidentally dropped online a day early.
While the video teased plenty of Christensen's Darth Vader and a lightsaber rematch between master and apprentice, the fact remains that it was from 2020, fans had already seen it, and there wasn't a trailer.
The Star Wars fan base wasn't alone in their surprise at the lack of new footage. The same goes for members of the show's cast, including O'Shea Jackson Jr., who's poised to make his Star Wars debut in the upcoming series.
In response to the lack of a trailer, the actor expressed his own surprise on Twitter in a post that read:
"Damn even I was waiting for the Kenobi trailer and I’m in the damn thing."
In addition to O'Shea Jackson Jr, Ewan McGregor, and Hayden Christensen, Joel Edgerton and Bonnie Piesse have also returned to that galaxy far, far away, reprising their roles as Luke's Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru respectively.
Not the Obi-Wan Footage Fans Were Looking For
Considering Lucasfilm's 2022 slate for the streaming service, the lack of news and content for such a heavily promoted event is strange and unexpected, and even more so considering a member of the Obi-Wan Kenobi cast felt the same way.
It's possible that Lucasfilm wanted to save their announcements for Star Wars Celebration in May of 2022; but since that event is still six months away, it's odd that the studio didn't have anything new to tease Star Wars Disney+ subscribers with.
What little news fans have received in recent weeks relates to reports that Patty Jenkins' Rogue Squadron film had been bumped and that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige's Star Wars project may have its director in Eternals' Chloe Zhao. Perhaps these shake-ups somehow relate to the studio's lack of announcements for the Disney+ event?
While Star Wars fans (and its series stars) will have to wait a little longer for that trailer, Lucasfilm's 2022 schedule is slowly becoming clearer now that Rogue One spin-off Andor is set to release in the 4th quarter of 2022. Since Season 3 of The Mandalorian is currently filming, it's likely that Obi-Wan Kenobi will follow The Book of Boba Fett and air in the first half of 2022.