Kumail Nanjiani and his abs have joined the absolutely stacked cast of the long-awaited Obi-Wan Kenobi series on Disney+.
The series, which will see Ewan McGregor reprise his role as Obi-Wan, will begin shooting in April of this year.
We don’t have much to work with, in terms of a synopsis, but we do know the series is set 10 years after the dramatic events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. Obi-Wan has faced his greatest defeat, the downfall and corruption of his Jedi apprentice, Anakin Skywalker AKA Darth Vader.
And yep, Hayden Christensen will return as ol’ mate Vader. How that will take shape is beyond me, but I’m still bloody hyped for it.
The franchise announced the rest of the main cast this morning, revealing Moses Ingram (The Queen’s Gambit), Joel Edgerton (The King), Bonnie Piesse (The Vow), Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick), Indira Varma (Game of Thrones), Rupert Friend (Homeland), O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Straight Outta Compton), Sung Kang (Fast & Furious), Simone Kessell (Reckoning), and Benny Safdie (Good Time) has joined the cast.
The series will mark Edgerton and Piesse’s return to the franchise, after they briefly appeared as Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru in the Star Wars prequel trilogy.
Obi-Wan Kenobi is directed by Deborah Chow, who helmed two very good episodes of The Mandalorian season 1.
The show will stream exclusively on Disney+, we’ll let you know when that day comes.
Obi-Wan Kenobi is just one of a slew of new Star Wars series coming to the streaming service, including a bloody live-action Ahsoka Tano series and Rangers of the New Republic.
Rosario Dawson, who made her debut as Ahsoka in The Mandalorian season 2, will reprise her role in the spin-off series. Both of the new shows are set within the timeline of Mando.
Ahsoka Tano was the Jedi Padawan of Anakin Skywalker back in the day. We got to know her a lot in the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, when she was voiced by Ashley Eckstein.
That aside, we also have Andor to look forward to. In it, Diego Luna reprises his role as the rebel spy Cassian Andor from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and is joined by a new cast that includes Stellan Skarsgård (Chernobyl), Adria Arjona (Good Omens), and Fiona Shaw (Killing Eve).
Andor is set to premiere on Disney+ next year (boo).
In the meantime, you can catch the current catalogue of Star Wars goodness on Disney+ now.