Back in January, it was reported that Lucasfilm has put its planned Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars series on hold to “rethink the story”, with writer Hossein Amini (The Alienist) exiting the project due to creative differences.
Well, as revealed by Variety, Lucasfilm has now enlisted King Arthur: Legend of the Sword screenwriter and John Wick: Chapter 3 executive producer Joby Harold to take over from Amini. The Mandalorian director Deborah Chow remains on board to helm the series, as does Ewan McGregor, who will be reprising his role as the Jedi Master.
Harold recently served as co-writer on Zack Snyder’s upcoming zombie action horror Army of the Dead, and is also attached to write the script for an as-yet-untitled Transformers project.
It’s been said that the original plan for the Obi-Wan series would have seen Ben Kenobi watching over a young Luke Skywalker during his exile on Tatooine, but it was felt that this was too similar to the storyline of The Mandalorian, where the titular bounty hunter is protecting The Child, a.k.a. Baby Yoda.
Along with the Obi-Wan Kenobi series, Lucasfilm has a Rogue One: A Star Wars Story prequel revolving around Diego Luna’s Cassian Andor in development, along with a second season of The Mandalorian, which is set to hit Disney+ in October.