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Published On: Fri, Sep 27th, 2019

Deborah Chow going from ‘The Mandalorian’ to helm Obi-Wan Kenobi series with Ewan McGregor

Deborah Chow is officially going from her part on the upcoming Disney+ series The Mandalorian to helm the recently confirmed  Obi-Wan Kenobi series which will see Ewan McGregor reprise his role as the iconic Jedi master.

McGregor confirmed the series was going forward during a surprise appearance at Disney’s D23 fan convention in August. During the presentation, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy gave an update on the show’s progress, saying that “all the scripts are written” and the series will “start shooting next year.”

Chow has already helmed an episode of the Jon Favreau led Mandalorian, a spin-off centering on a bounty hunter similar to the fan favorite Boba Fett.

“We really wanted to select a director who is able to explore both the quiet determination and rich mystique of Obi-Wan in a way that folds seamlessly into the Star Wars saga,” Kennedy said of Chow’s hiring in a statement. “Based on her phenomenal work developing our characters in The Mandalorian, I’m absolutely confident Deborah is the right director to tell this story.”

Chow’s other director credits include American Gods, The Man in the High Castle, Better Call Saul and Jessica Jones.

McGregor will be reprising the character he portrayed in three Star Wars prequel films: The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith.

There had been talk for years that McGregor would return in an Obi-Wan standalone film, but those plans were reportedly put on hold following the unsuccessful roll out of Star Wars standalone film Solo.

The new series reportedly takes place eight years after the events of Revenge of the Sith, which ended with Kenobi defeating Anakin Skywalker in a fantastic duel on the fiery planet of Mustafar, leaving Skywalker maimed and deformed, ultimately giving Emperor Palpatine reason to transform the fallen Jedi Knight into Darth Vader.

The Obi-Wan series, written by Hossein Amini, is the third live-action Star Wars show on Disney Plus, in addition to The Mandalorian and a series based on Cassian Andor, the character first introduced in the film Rogue One with Diego Luna reprising his role from the movie.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported Chow’s hiring.

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