A month after its premiere, ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ has entered its final promotional stretch, hence Total Film (via GamesRadar) has thrown new images of the series with Ewan McGregor and Rupert Friend, who plays the Grand Inquisitor. Both star in the new look that also looks at the planet Daiyu, an urban corner in which we see a hooded Obi-Wan, trying to connect the dots regarding the Dark Side that continues to hunt down the Jedi?
Friend continues to turn heads with his characterization, a bet that upset some ‘Star Wars’ fans, especially those who have seen ‘Star Wars Rebels; all because visually it is quite far from what is proposed in the animation. We will see if the interpretation of Friend wins back the less enthusiastic, because, if we trust the weight that his character is having in the promotion, we would expect an important role for this villain. Yes, Hayden Christensen returns as Darth Vader, but the Grand Inquisitor and Inquisitor Reva (Moses Ingram) would give much more trouble..
Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell and Benny Safdie complete the cast of this series directed by Deborah Chow, with Joby Harold writing the script. John Williams composes one of the main themes of a soundtrack that is finally signed by Natalie Holt, the first woman to compose the soundtrack of a live-action ‘Star Wars’ project.
Darth Maul was never an option
Among the numerous rumors that have surrounded ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’, the one that affirmed that Darth Maulsith that we met in the George Lucas prequels, was present in one of the first versions of the script, something that, of course, Dave Filoni would have remedied. Now it is Deborah Chow herself who clarifies the matter, assuring that that option was never on the table because Filoni “I had already done a wonderful job telling that story”.
Chow refers to the entire plot spearheaded by said Dark Side mainstay in ‘Star Wars Rebels’, animated series that narrates the last duel between Kenobi and Maul in the dunes of Tatooine. “As long as I’ve been involved, we’ve never had Darth Maul on the show.”assures the filmmaker, denying that Maul would have appeared at no time in Hossein Amini’s discarded script.
“Anyone trying to tell a story in the middle of these two trilogies, You have to take into account that there are only certain elements that make sense at the moment in which it is placed. [‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’]“Chow adds, recounting how Vader did fit the bill. “The decision to bring Vader back was not made lightly. ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ is set 10 years after ‘Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith’. Where is the starting point for Obi-Wan, what has been important to him? Anakin and Vader are a huge and very important part of his life, so we ended up concluding that it made sense to tell this story.. And Vader casts such a dark shadow, that having Maul too, could be too much“.