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Deborah Chow to direct Ewan McGregor's Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney+ series

Ewan McGregor

Story by Jack Foley

DEBORAH Chow is to direct Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi series for Disney+.

Chow has Star Wars form, having directed episodes of the upcoming TV series The Mandalorian. She is also well known for her work on landmark American shows such as American Gods, Better Call Saul and Mr Robot.

Announcing her appointment, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement: “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.

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

The Disney+ series is being written by Hossein Amini and focuses on Kenobi (McGregor), one of the central figures in the Star Wars mythos.

In the original 1977 movie, he is a desert-dwelling, war-weary hermit who later proves to be a wise and powerful warrior. He briefly mentors a young Luke Skywalker on Tatooine before being cut down by Darth Vader, his former pupil.

However, his back story were further fleshed out in the George Lucas-directed prequels, in which Kenobi fought alongside the young Jedi who would eventually become Vader and betray him.

The live-action character was last seen in 2005’s Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, back on the desert planet Tatooine. It is not yet known what kind of adventures the new series will focus on.

But it marks the third Star Wars series to be developed as part of the new streaming service, Disney+, following the soon-to-be-launched Mandalorian and an untitled series featuring Rebel Alliance officer Cassian Andor, with Diego Luna reprising the role he played in Rogue One.