Star Wars Actor Reveals Why Obi-Wan Kenobi's Trailer Is Taking So Long to Release

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The upcoming Disney+ series Obi-Wan Kenobi is poised to take the Star Wars fanbase by storm in 2022. The show, set ten years post-Revenge of the Sith, will feature not only the return of fan-favorite Ewan McGregor as Jedi Master Obi-Wan, but Hayden Christiansen is also set to reprise his role as Darth Vader as well. Having been announced in late 2020, the series has had nary a glimpse at any footage or trailer.

There was, of course, a brief teaser for the six-episode show released on Disney+ Day in November 2021, but it didn't include anything in the way of clips or new scenes from the forthcoming series. What's more is that the show has not yet had an official release date attached to it, leaving fans clamoring for more information. 

Now, even some the actors from the new Star Wars streaming series are weighing in on what could be holding up the Obi-Wan trailer. 

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In an interview with Slashfilm, one of the stars of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Rory Ross, offered some insight as to why fans have yet to see any footage from the highly anticipated Disney+ show that's supposed to be releasing this year. 

First, Ross had to hype up the Star Wars series a bit; he couldn't contain his excitement about how "awesome" the show will be as it explores "where Obi-Wan has been:" 

"It's going to be awesome. It's going to be really, really cool. Having the connective tissue between the prequels and 'A New Hope,' and just understanding where Obi has been and what's happening, story-wise, I think fans are going to enjoy that. It's just going to be a really great time."

Ross then shed some light on why the trailer for the series has taken so long to arrive, explaining that Lucasfilm wants their first presentation to be as "polished as possible:

"I think the big part of it is [Lucasfilm] is just trying to make sure that it's as polished as possible, so that when it comes out, it's not going to have that 'Game of Thrones' moment, where there's a coffee cup in the corner that they missed or something like that." 

Ross then reassured that the Obi-Wan project has "a lot of love that poured into it" before adding that he hopes it will "blow people's minds:" 

"It's going to have a lot of love that's poured into it, and it's just going to hopefully blow people's minds and just really enjoy seeing what's been going on."

When Will Obi-Wan Kenobi's Trailer Release?

There's a great deal of fan speculation surrounding the series premiere for Kenobi occurring on May 4 as part of the Star Wars Day festivities. In 2021, Lucasfilm and Disney+ seized upon the annual celebration of a galaxy far, far away to premiere the animated series Star Wars: The Bad Batch onto the streaming platform. 

Now, Season 2 of The Bad Batch has been previously said by official sources to be dropping in "Spring 2022" which would likely put it a little earlier than Star Wars Day in May, meaning that the animated program's release schedule could coincide with that of Obi-Wan Kenobi. In the past, Disney has shown reluctance to have more than one installment from a given franchise running new episodes at a time. This would likely need to change when factoring in the volume of Star Wars content arriving on Disney+ in 2022.

So when exactly will Obi-Wan launch? And when will fans get a trailer? The smart money is riding on a May 4 premiere date, with Bad Batch having to share a bit of the spotlight. And using evidence from the other side of the franchise fence, Marvel Studios has been dropping trailers for their MCU shows roughly two-and-a-half months before the release date, so maybe this will hold true for Obi-Wan as well.

Regardless of when the marketing kicks into gear, Star Wars fans are likely in for a treat whenever Obi-Wan Kenobi ends up being released on Disney+.

- About The Author: Jennifer McDonough
Jennifer McDonough has been a writer at The Direct since its 2020 launch. She is responsible for the creation of news articles and features. She also has a particular affinity for action figures and merchandise, which she revels in discussing in the articles she writes, when the situation calls for it.