Kenobi Leadup Overshadowed by Mandalorian Casting

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Christopher Lloyd is joining the cast of the hit Star Wars show “The Mandalorian” for season 3. The next adventure with Mando currently has no release date, and Lloyd’s appearance is apparently a guest spot. Despite the small role, this should excite fans for the future installment of the western style space saga. Will the story of Din Djarin overshadow the next Star Wars show coming to Disney+?

We have seen this happen already. The Book of Boba Fett relied heavily on the Mandalorian in its first season. In fact, some have nicknamed the back half of Boba Fett season 1 Mando Season 2.5.

While this cannot happen with Pedro Pascal’s character in Kenobi, the May 25th release is an interesting one. It is right in between May the 4th (Star Wars Day) and Memorial Day Weekend. Both are prime days to announce a Mandalorian Season 3 release date which began filming late last year. That announcement could also come with a trailer and could suck the air completely out of Obi-Wan Kenobi’s premiere.

This effect probably would not apply to old-school Star Wars fans though. There have been rumors of certain characters appearing in Kenobi, sparking a debate about timelines in our community. However, the general public could care less about those details. Ewan McGregor is sure to draw some fans who remember his portrayal in the underrated prequel trilogy. But when you tell them that Doc Brown from Back to the Future is guest-starring, people are sure to flock.

This move by Disney and Star Wars is brilliant. To bring a guest star of his caliber will get people talking at the water cooler. And we do not even know when we will see the next episode. The timing is also interesting. Disney+ competitor Netflix just had a price hike, and the first quarter of the year is about to end. The Marvel show Moon Knight is hitting the streaming service on March 30th. It is clear the House of Mouse is looking to land some new subscribers.

Kenobi has the potential to stand well on its own though. With the introduction of a live-action Grand Inquisitor and with Darth Vader returning, we can expect an action-packed show. The first trailer shown highlights lightsaber battles, intense interactions, and familiar faces. While only a teaser, the inclusion of the song Duel of the Fates really helped magnify the intensity.

The series takes place after the Empire forms and Order 66 executed the command to kill all Jedi. After taking Luke to Tatooine at the end of Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Obi-Wan is being hunted. This continuation of the story hopefully propels a new generation to watch Skywalker Saga Episodes 1 through 6. This could revive the golden age of Star Wars.

The success of “The Mandalorian” seems to have put characters from the past in the rearview. Writers do not give the classic characters their just due. They slighted Luke, Leia, Han, and Chewie in the sequel trilogy. Why did Leia hug Rey after Han’s death and not go right for the character who just lost his best friend? Boba Fett’s arc was great in “The Mandalorian” season 2, but the star of that show and popular character of our time hijacked Book of Boba’s first season. One can only hope Obi-Wan Kenobi does not face the same fate.

Kenobi stars Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christiansen return as Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader. Joel Edgerton and Bonnie Piesse are coming back as Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru. Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma (Ellaria Sand from Game of Thrones), Rupert Friend, Sung Kang, and O’Shea Jackson also join the cast. The series will premiere on Disney+ on May 25th of this year.

The Mandalorian Seasons 1 and 2 and The Book of Boba Fett Season 1 are available now on Disney+.

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