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Obi-Wan Kenobi release delayed by 2 days, but now there’s a 2-episode premiere

Published Mar 31st, 2022 12:42PM EDT
Obi-Wan Kenobi premieres on Disney Plus on May 25th.
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We waited nearly two decades to find out what Obi-Wan Kenobi got up to after Revenge of the Sith. What’s a few more hours? On Thursday, Disney announced that the Obi-Wan Kenobi miniseries release date has been delayed to Friday, May 27th.

The show was originally set to premiere on May 25th, and it’s unclear what caused the delay.

Obi-Wan Kenobi delayed to May 27th

The bad news is that we’re going to have to wait a little longer to see Ewan McGregor reprise the role of the beloved Jedi Master. The good news is that we’re now getting two episodes at launch instead of one.

Subsequent episodes will arrive on Wednesdays, which is the day that new episodes of Star Wars and Marvel shows typically debut.

Now that two of Obi-Wan Kenobi’s episodes are arriving at launch, the series will presumably wrap up on Wednesday, June 22nd. There are several other unreleased Disney Plus shows in the works that still don’t have release dates. We know that Ms. Marvel will debut on June 8th, but what about She-Hulk, Secret Invasion, and Andor?

We may never know why Disney delayed Obi-Wan Kenobi. But the most likely explanation is that the company needed to shake up the schedule for some reason. Two days isn’t exactly enough time to film and edit new scenes for the show or anything. Maybe Disney wants to leave late June open for another new Marvel or Star Wars series?

Ewan McGregor himself actually filmed a short video to announce the delay:

Plot details and cast

As noted above, Ewan McGregor will reprise his role as the title character in Obi-Wan Kenobi. The series will also see the return of Hayden Christensen as Darth Vader. Other than a line in The Rise of Skywalker, this is Christensen’s first Star Wars role since Revenge of the Sith in 2005. He is also expected to appear in the Ahsoka series.

Joining them are Moses Ingram, Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell, and Benny Safdie. Both Piesse and Edgerton reprise their roles as Beru Whitesun and Owen Lars.

Deborah Chow (The Mandalorian) directed all six episodes of the series. Joby Harold (Army of the Dead) wrote the scripts. Both Chow and Harold served as executive producers alongside Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, and Ewan McGregor.

More Disney Plus coverage: For more Disney Plus news, check out our coverage of the latest new Disney Plus movies and series to watch.

Jacob Siegal
Jacob Siegal Associate Editor

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.

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