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Disney+ Kenobi Series Confirms Director and Writer

There are a lot of parts moving in the Disney movie world this week. First we learn that Marvel’s Kevin Feige is getting into the Star Wars Ring. Now news has dropped that the much-anticipated Kenobi series on Disney+ has a confirmed director.

Deborah Chow has been tasked with the directorial duties on Kenobi. She will also be sharing the Executive Producer title alongside the show’s star Ewan McGregor. They join Tracey Seaward, John Swartz (from Rogue One) Kathleen Kennedy, and the confirmed series writer, Hossein Amini.

Kenobi Director: Who is Deborah Chow?

Kenobi Director Deborah Chow
Newly-tapped Kenobi series director, Deborah Chow

Deborah Chow is a solid choice for director. She is hot off completion of her part of another Disney+ series we’re excited to see, The Mandalorian. Obviously the powers that be were happy with her abilities on that set, as evidenced by Lucasfilm President Kennedy’s comments about her selection:

“Based on her phenomenal work developing our characters in The Mandalorian, I’m absolutely confident Deborah is the right director to tell this story.”

Kathleen Kennedy, Lucasfilm President
Deborah Chow on the set of Marvel's Jessica Jones
Deborah Chow on the set of Marvel’s Jessica Jones

Chow has been involved in some other really good titles, such as The Man in High Castle, Better Call Saul, American Gods, Jessica Jones and Fear the Walking Dead to name just a few. Chow at the helm is great news. The success of those titles should give fans hope that Kenobi’s series will be in good hands. However, the most important confirmation here may be on the series writer, Hossein Amini.

Who is Hossein Amini?

Star Wars fans have been steady in calling out Disney for putting too much emphasis on style rather than substance in their handling of Star Wars. Cries from the masses have been for a good story rather than checking a social agenda box. Amini comes to the table with some solid writing credits behind him. That’s a very good thing. It appears Lucasfilm is paying more attention to abilities that actually matter when it comes to making a movie (or a show).

Hossein Amini with Viggo Mortenson on the set of The Two Faces of January, written by Amini
Hossein Amini with Viggo Mortenson on the set of The Two Faces of January, written by Amini

Amini has a long list of writing credits, including Drive, 47 Ronin, and an adaptation of the John LeCarre novel, Our Kind of Traitor. That film stars Obi-Wan himself, Ewan McGregor. Having a little history with the star of the series is a good thing for fans. They’ve worked together before. Here’s what McGregor had to say about the screenplay for Our Kind of Traitor:

“Usually in a thriller the plot becomes the driving thing, and the full focus is on the plot development. In this, that’s not really the case. Of course the plot is driving along but there’s also quite a lot of relationship details… That was interesting to play as an actor, where the character and the character development is as interesting and important to the film as the plot.”

Ewan McGregor to Heyuguys.com

What is this sorcery you speak of? Possible character development in a Disney Star Wars? Tell us more, Obi-Wan! Hope is sparked for the Kenobi series with compliments like that. A good director and a good writer is a fantastic start to any show!

Related Story: 5 Questions We Want the Obi-Wan Kenobi Series To Answer

The Disney+ series will see McGregor reprise his role as Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi. The story will pick up eight years after the end of Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, showing us what “Old Ben” has been up to out in the hills of Tattooine during his vigil over a young Luke Skywalker. Confirmation of this series at D23 generated a lot of excitement and answered a long-running call by fans for a stand-alone Kenobi story.

Obi-Wan Kenobi Series; Ewan McGregor
ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 23: Ewan McGregor of ‘Untitled Obi-Wan Kenobi Series’ took part today in the Disney+ Showcase at Disney’s D23 EXPO 2019 in Anaheim, Calif. ‘Untitled Obi-Wan Kenobi Series’ will stream exclusively on Disney+, which launches November 12. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

What do you want to see in the new Kenobi series on Disney+? What do you think of the writing and directing assignments? Is there someone else you’d like to see guiding the show? Let That Hashtag Show know in the comments!

Source: StarWars.com

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2 replies on “Disney+ Kenobi Series Confirms Director and Writer”

I for sure want to see 2 things. Both of which will toe the character of Luke together with Ben:

1. I want to see a young Luke flying his T-16 Skyhopper through the Dune Sea and bullseyeing womprats.
2. The first original draft of Star Wars had Lucas writing Luke as a kind of pudgy awkward kid. I can imagine this pudgy weird Luke playing with his friends Biggs and Fixer and Cammie who are also young.

3. A few times where Ben and Luke meet and Ben tries to keep giving Luke sage advice. Also Owen Lars getting mad at old Ben for trying to train Luke so he forbids Luke to see him, by it Ben is always watching from afar…

That’s three things, but no biggie! 😀 I absolutely agree. They need to make Luke awkward and difficult, like a kid who is way past ready to get off of Tattooine. If they make him some jock stud who’s good at everything, well, let’s say that would be bad.

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