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What's Going On With Disney+'s Obi Wan Kenobi 'Star Wars' Series?

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By Lynne Versluys

Coronavirus Delays

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With the coronavirus shutting down production of pretty much upcoming project for the time being, fans of, well, everything need to adjust their expectations for when their favorite properties are coming back.

While Star Wars might have wrapped up the Skywalker Saga with The Rise Of Skywalker, fans of a galaxy far, far away still have the second season of The Mandalorian and the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series to look forward to. However, between production changes and coronavirus delays, when will we actually get this continuation of the Jedi master's story? We know that Ewan McGregor is officially on board, but what's going on with production?

Still Happening, But Delayed

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There were rumors that the show had been cancelled outright, but fear not, fellow nerds, the Kenobi show is still moving forward from its exciting D23 announcement. It was delayed in order to perfect the scripts, but it is still very much on. Star Ewan McGregor confirmed that it's still happening early in the year while promoting Birds of Prey.

"It’s only just slid back a bit. But we’re still shooting it. I think it’ll still be aired when it was meant to be and I’m really excited about it.

The scripts are excellent and they just want them to be better, and so we just pushed it back. It’ll be fun to play again."

A New Writer Boards The Project

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While it's not clear what was wrong with the initial scripts, it's clear that Disney is taking its time with this project to make sure that it works. It was announced that Joby Harold, who is behind projects like John Wick 3 and Zack Snyder's Army Of The Dead, would be coming aboard the project as a writer.

Additionally, Deborah Chow, who directed two episodes of the mega hit The Mandalorian will be at the helm of every single episode of the Obi-Wan Kenobi series.

When Can We Expect The Series?

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Back during the D23 announcement, McGregor begged Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy on stage:

"Can you please ask me, am I going to play Obi-Wan Kenobi again? But now I can say yes we’re going to do it."

Between the shifts behind the scenes and a global pandemic, it's likely that we won't see the Obi-Wan Kenobi series until 2022.

We've waiting this long to see Obi-Wan tackle his new life on Tatooine for years now. What's a couple more?

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