A few days ago, producer Kathleen Kennedy admitted that Giving a new face to Han Solo, played by Harrison Ford, was a mistake. The one that taught LucasFilm the disadvantages of delivering new versions of traditional characters from the galactic saga. So the Disney+ series Obi-Wan Kenobi, which will be released on May 27, carries a double responsibility. On the one hand, for the famous character to acquire a new relevance, without losing its essence within the framework of the canon of the mythology of the saga. On the other hand, to tell a new generation of fans all about the character that entered the cinema at the hands of Sir Alec Guinness.
Is it possible to achieve something similar? Especially after the controversy and division of opinion on the last trilogy? Directed by Deborah Chow and screenwriter Joby Harold. Both have the difficult mission of adding new data to the official biography of one of the saga’s most beloved characters. In addition, go through his unknown years – sketched, hinted at, but never shown – in a new format.
Obi-Wan Kenobi represents a bridge between the original trilogy and everything that has happened since. At the same time, a clear and concise approach to how Star Wars characters evolve over time. will it work Obi-Wan Kenobi something similar to?
Tour of new and old places
A few days ago, Harold realized the titanic task of incorporating new information into Star Wars. In an interview with Den of Geek, the writer explained that it’s not just about making a good show, but paying homage to the saga. As if that wasn’t enough, also write a story that reimagines the franchise’s mythology in a valid and meaningful way. Something more than complex when the canon stretches from comics, books, animated series and now series.
“I think at first you feel intimidated, of course. I’d be lying if I said it was happening,” Harold told Den of Geek. “George Lucas once wrote that name on a piece of paper. You are now the custodian of that name for that period of time. You feel the weight of it.” Of course, for the screenwriter, it is also about the possibility of creating a new dimension about star Wars like a legacy. In particular, the one associated with Obi-Wan Kenobi. The Jedi Fugitive is a line that runs through the history of the Skywalkers, the Jedi Order, and even everything to do with the fall of the Republic. With such a character in hand, the team is behind Obi-Wan Kenobi is responsible for recreating and rebuilding something deeper. Like this star Wars he understands the emotional and intellectual evolution of his characters.
Under the rule of the Empire, Obi-Wan Kenobi is on an important mission.
Premieres exclusively on May 27 on Disney+.
For this reason, the series Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney+ faces a number of origin challenges. Some of them seemed insurmountable and turned the project into a complex story path. Based on original screenwriter Hossein Amini (Drive) separated from the project, the whole story had to be rethought. And that included assessing the possibility that the series was more than just a tribute or a central moment in Kenobi’s story. Consequently, the next decision was to make the story an unofficial sequel to the prequels.
Much more interesting was the transition from the story told through Kenobi to the story of the character’s life. From his years of isolation to a possible confrontation with his former student. Obi-Wan Kenobi It is a journey through the maturity of a Jedi and his highest and most difficult point as heir to a powerful legacy. Not only is he one of the few survivors of the fateful Order 66, but he’s also the only one who apparently has news of Luke and Leia. This puts him in a difficult position with unfinished business with Darth Vader (Hayden Christensen) and his past. Something Harold made clear would be of particular interest.
“There’s still an untold story because of the weight of what he’s carrying, because of Anakin,” Harold explained in an interview. “That weight and how it comes to terms and develops (as a character). How he became what he will become in A New Hope. Especially when he is confronted by Vader, he is at peace. How did the man from Mustafar end up in the world? It was like history.”
And, in the end, in the Obi-Wan Kenobi series, all paths converge.
Surprisingly, Every generation of Star Wars fans has Obi-Wan Kenobi another. From Guinness to Ewan McGregor, through the animated series. The version of the character is a reflection of the evolution of the saga. And that’s what the series makes clear.
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“Obi-Wan was the soul [la trilogía original]. It was he who opened the curtain and introduced the audience to the new world. Not just in terms of mythology, but a whole new world of storytelling and everything George built,” Harold explained. “It was through Obi-Wan’s eyes, through his words, that we all came to understand this big world. Because of that, he has always been the most compelling character for me. Whatever Skywalker’s story, Obi-Wan was the starting point.” And that’s something that will be more than clear in future episodes. The most ambitious, respectful and especially important attempt to give a new dimension to the traditional characters of the franchise.
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