While fans have been interested in learning more about Obi-Wan's adventures between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope for years, much of the anticipation for the show is due to Ewan McGregor reprising his role as the Jedi Master along with Anakin Skywalker's Hayden Christensen as Darth Vader.
Sixteen years have passed since audiences last saw these two actors on screen in that galaxy far, far away; and while a rematch of their Mustafar duel has been teased more than once, their on-set reunion was apparently one of both emotion and excitement.
Lucasfilm President Talks "Emotional" Obi-Wan Kenobi Reunion
In talking with Empire about the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series for Disney+, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy described Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen's on-set reunion saying, "I was surprised at how incredibly emotional it was for each of them:"
“The thing that was most exciting was being on the set and watching the two of them get excited. They hadn't seen one another in a long time. I was surprised at just how incredibly emotional it was for each of them to find themselves back in these roles, and just realising how important Star Wars was to each of them. It was the beginning of their careers.”
Even though Star Wars fans have yet to see a trailer for Obi-Wan Kenobi, a sizzle reel for the series was released on Disney+ Day where concept art for the show was revealed, including imagery teasing that lightsaber duel rematch between Obi-Wan and Vader on Mustafar, as well as the Sith Lord's Mustafar castle.
Also, recent reports suggest that Christensen will also appear in Lucasfilm's Ahsoka series for Disney+, which is set to begin filming in 2022.
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Since Obi-Wan Kenobi is set ten years after the master and apprentice's duel that led to Anakin's transformation into Darth Vader, this means that Christensen will spend most of his screentime behind Vader's helmet.
While it's true that McGregor is portraying an older version of his character, Christensen's experience will be considerably different than when he filmed Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.
For audiences, however, this means they may get to see more of Vader at his peak, which is something fans have wanted since Vader's epic hallway rage in 2016's Rogue One. Plus, given his broken relationship with Obi-Wan, that's sure to add an additional layer of drama and rage.
While there's no doubt that Star Wars fans love elements of the prequel trilogy, like most Star Wars films, it has often felt disjointed from the saga as a whole.
Star Wars directors Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni have already begun to fill in those gaps separating the various films, trilogies, and animated series from one another through The Mandalorian and The Bad Batch; and hopefully, that trend will continue to the credit of McGregor and Christensen in Obi-Wan Kenobi and Ahsoka.
Obi-Wan Kenobi is set to be released on Disney+ in 2022.