There have been a number of rumours in the last day or so that the Obi Wan Kenobi TV series staring Ewan McGregor has been cancelled – it hasn’t. We’ve been tracing these rumours back to their origin and we believe a tweet on a parody account on Twitter was picked up and used as the ‘source’ for a story on a reasonably big site. That site has now backtracked and changed their ‘exclusive’ on the cancellation to a story that the series has been delayed.
However said side hasn’t published anything on social media about this and the story is hard to find on their site. We’ve spoken to one of our sources at Lucasfilm and they’re bemused by the rumours and told us “that the series is still under active development by Deborah Chow” with no change in planned timetable. Ewan McGregor has a couple of upcoming films that he is yet to shoot but Lucasfilm believe this isn’t going to impact the TV series shooting plans.
As we understand it, the series is still set to go before the cameras this year with a 2021 broadcast expected for the show. We’ve deliberately not linked to both the original parody tweet or the resulting news item to avoid spreading these rumours more widely than they already are.
Lucasfilm are also still actively working on the Rogue One spin-off featuring Diego Luna’s Cassian Andor and the second season of The Mandalorian. There’s also a sequel series to the animated Star Wars: Rebels in the pipeline and a rumoured series focusing on Doctor Aphra.
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