Disney+‘s Obi-Wan Kenobi series will feature the return of Hayden Christensen as Darth Vader, the Star Wars villain that Anakin Skywalker transformed into after Obi-Wan took him down in a duel on the planet of Mustafar.
Disney and Lucasfilm broke the news at the The Walt Disney Company’s Investor Day event.
“The most beautiful thing of all [about the series] is that it’s brought me back together with Hayden,” said Ewan McGregor, who will be reprising his role as Obi-Wan in the long-gestating project. Excitingly, McGregor also added that the series will see Obi-Wan and Darth have “another swing at each other” before the credits role on the final episode. Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy furthered that latter point, saying this new showdown “will be the rematch of the century.”
Lucasfilm are keeping plot details under lock and key, although they did confirm when exactly the series will be set:
The series begins 10 years after the dramatic events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith where he faced his greatest defeat, the downfall and corruption of his best friend and Jedi apprentice, Anakin Skywalker turned evil Sith Lord Darth Vader.
“It was such an incredible journey playing Anakin Skywalker,” said Christensen. “Of course, Anakin and Obi-Wan weren’t on the greatest of terms when we last saw them… It will be interesting to see what an amazing director like Deborah Chow has in store for us all. I’m excited to work with Ewan again. It feels good to be back”
As Christensen said, the series is to be directed by Deborah Chow, who has worked in the television realm with credits including two episodes of The Mandalorian (Chapter 3: The Sin and Chapter 7: The Reckoning) and eps of Marvel-Netflix shows Iron Fist and Jessica Jones.
As of now, Obi-Wan Kenobi is expected to be streaming on Disney+ in 2022.