“Obi-Wan Kenobi”: A guide to the new “Star Wars” series

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The new Star Wars series, “Obi-Wan Kenobi” starring Ewan McGregor, is set to premiere its first two episodes this Friday on Disney+, after Project Kenobi years in the works.

The six-episode series takes place midway between the two trilogies, beginning 10 years after “Episode III: Revenge of the Sith” and nine years before “Episode IX: A New Hope.” Similar to the other hit series, “The Mandalorian,” details of upcoming episodes have been mostly kept under wraps, with only a few things known ahead of the series premiere.

The series begins shortly after Luke and Leia’s mother dies in childbirth and the two are separated, with Organa adopting Leia and Kenobi taking Luke to Tatooine.

“Obi-Wan Kenobi” should highlight the drastic change in mindset Kenobi underwent between Episodes III and IV, with questions left virtually unanswered as the character was left alone in Tatooine.

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“How did it go from the shores of Mustafar to the calm of Sir Alec Guinness? Something obviously happened there, between those 20 years. So for us, in large part, that’s why we felt that we had a story to tell.” said director Deborah Chow.

This image released by Disney+ shows Ewan McGregor in a scene from the series "Obi-Wan Kenobi,"premiere May 27.
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This image released by Disney+ shows Ewan McGregor in a scene from the “Obi-Wan Kenobi” series, premiering May 27.
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Kenobi simply failed to bring Anakin back to the dark side in Episode III, so Chow intended to include the villain in the show as well as the Jedi Hunter Inquisitors. A lightsaber duel could also be on the horizon between Vader and Kenobi, with Hayden Christensen set to make an appearance.

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Other actors set to reprise their roles on the show include Joel Edgerton and Bonnie Piesse as Skywalker’s uncle and aunt, and Rosario Dawson’s Ahsoka Tano is also set to appear.

Filming took place last year almost entirely on the soundstages of Industrial Light & Magic in the Los Angeles area using massive LED screens to create the virtual worlds.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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