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Ewan McGregor says Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney+ series starts filming March 2021

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Actor Ewan McGregor poses at the world premiere of Disney's "Christopher Robin," in Burbank, California, U.S., July 30, 2018. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok


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The Disney+ Obi-Wan Kenobi series has been held up by staff changes, rewrites and the COVID-19 pandemic, but it finally has a more concrete filming schedule… hopefully. Lead actor Ewan McGregor said on The Graham Norton Show that filming should begin for the Star Wars production in March 2021. Disney had previously only committed to a vague 2021 window. It’ll be a while before you see the finished result, then, but suggests the won’t be quite as long as you might have feared.

The series will be directed by The Mandalorian veteran Deborah Chow, and is expected to follow Obi-Wan eight years after the events of Revenge of the Sith. While that makes it yet another bridge title, it’s also unique as the first to have one of the main actors from a Star Wars movie reprising their role.

Of course, McGregor’s statement assumes no other delays — and there’s still lots of uncertainty when the pandemic has stalled other Disney+ shows. Don’t be surprised if production slips further. There’s little doubt that Disney will want to keep things on track, though. With relatively few exclusives in 2020, it will likely want the Obi-Wan series as soon as possible to keep subscribers coming in.

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