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Obi-Wan Kenobi has just started its run but it could lead to bigger and better things.
The latest Disney+ show based on the Star Wars franchise sees Ewan McGregor return as the legendary Jedi Knight. But following rave reviews, rumours are rampant that Disney and Lucasfilm are eager for an Obi-Wan Kenobi season 2.
According to MakingStarWars, Disney sources told Jason Ward, the owner, editor and content supervisor of MakingStarWars.net, that the promising performance of the series has made “continuing Kenobi’s story…extremely attractive.”
But Ward writes that it is not clear how the makers plan to bring in season 2.
“While a second season might seem to be a given for the ‘limited series,’ there will be more stories for Kenobi in the future,” writes Ward.
He adds, “I heard it from people inside Disney that Kenobi 2 is in fact going to happen. I do not know if it will be sold as the second season or something else. But changes have been made to Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi to explore some of the remaining story potential.”
According to Ward, the character or Reva, or the Third Sister, played by Moses Ingram, will get an expansion.
Will there be an Obi-Wan Kenobi season 2?
Disney+ has branded Obi-Wan Kenobi as a miniseries, which means that its future as an extended series is improbable.
At the time of writing, there has been no official confirmation from Disney or Lucasfilm regarding the second season. However, the series has been a major success for Disney+.
In a tweet posted from the official handle of Star Wars on 31 May, the makers revealed that the show set the record for the most-watched Disney+ Original series premiere internationally.
“Thank you to the best fans in the galaxy for making #ObiWanKenobi the most-watched @disneyplus Original series premiere globally to date, based on hours streamed in an opening weekend,” the tweet read.
Thank you to the best fans in the galaxy for making #ObiWanKenobi the most-watched @disneyplus Original series premiere globally to date, based on hours streamed in an opening weekend. pic.twitter.com/bC5WI0kAby
— Star Wars (@starwars) May 31, 2022
McGregor wants to play Kenobi once more
Series lead McGregor, who reprises his role of the titular master Jedi from the prequel trilogy from 1999 to 2005, previously said that he is open to playing the role once again.
“I hope it’s not the last time I play him. I hope I do it again. I’d like to do it again,” he told RadioTimes.com in an interview a couple of weeks ahead of the premiere of the series.
“I mean I had such a great time doing this, I’m sure we can think of a few more stories before I turn into Alec Guinness. Don’t you think?” he added.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, McGregor also expressed his eagerness to play the character in the second season of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
“Would I like to make another one? Yeah, I would like to make another one,” he said.
Then at the 2022 Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim held from 26 May to 29 May, McGregor teased fans with the possibility of season 2.
“It was amazing watching the first two episodes [of Obi-Wan Kenobi] the other night. I hope you love episode three and then four and five and six.. and seven and eight and nine and ten!” he said as fans cheered.
Kenobi, an all-time fan-favourite
The character Obi-Wan Kenobi is a favourite among fans of the Star Wars canon. He appeared as an aged man for the first time in the first film of the franchise, Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977), in which he was essayed by Alec Guinness.
McGregor played the younger version of the character, starting from the first film of the prequel series, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999) and aged progressively through the next two films.
He appears as an older and broken Kenobi in the Disney+ series, which is set 10 years after the events of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005).
(Main and Featured images: IMDb)