Though the casting announcement didn’t specify the characters they’re going to play in the upcoming series, it’s likely that they will reprise their former Star Wars roles. Edgerton and Piesse played young Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru, respectively, in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. In the closing moments of the latter, the baby Luke Skywalker was given to them by Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Meanwhile, the eight other new Obi-Wan Kenobi cast members are all franchise newcomers. They are Moses Ingram, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell, and Benny Safdie. No details on their characters were given, but the streaming service revealed that production on the series will begin in April.
First announced at the D23 Expo last August, Obi-Wan Kenobi is described as a special event series. It is set 10 years after the dramatic events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, where the titular character faced his greatest defeat: the downfall and corruption of his best friend and Jedi apprentice, Anakin Skywalker, who became the evil Sith Lord Darth Vader.
At the same event, it was announced that Ewan McGregor will reprise his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi. Four months later, in December last year, it was confirmed that Hayden Christensen will also be back as Darth Vader.
Obi-Wan Kenobi will be directed by Deborah Chow, director of the two critically acclaimed episodes in the first season of The Mandalorian. Chow will also exec produce the series along with McGregor, Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, and writer Joby Harold.
Obi-Wan Kenobi doesn’t have an exact release date yet, but it was previously reported that it would premiere on Disney+ in 2022.