This article discusses the Disney+ documentary Obi-Wan Kenobi: A Jedi’s Return, including the premise, release date, cast, and trailer.
On Disney Plus Day, Lucasfilm will release the new behind-the-scenes documentary Obi-Wan Kenobi: A Jedi’s Return, which will explore how Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen reunited to make this year’s six-part series under the direction of Deborah Chow.
From Disney Plus: “This special explores the return of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker to the screen, as well as Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen to their classic roles. Director Deborah Chow leads the cast and crew as they create new heroes and villains that live alongside new incarnations of beloved Star Wars characters, and an epic story that dramatically bridges the saga films.”
Obi-Wan Kenobi: A Jedi’s Return release date and where to watch
Obi-Wan Kenobi: A Jedi’s Return will premiere on Disney Plus on September 8. This is also known this year as Disney Plus Day, a day that the company describes as a celebration of the streaming service across The Walt Disney Company, where a lot of content will premiere on the platform. The company will also have surprise announcements, special promotions, and perks for subscribers. This is the second iteration of the event — last year, it happened on November 12, on the two-year anniversary of the release of the platform in the U.S. During that day, the first sizzle reel on Obi-Wan Kenobi was available for Disney Plus subscribers.
Is this the first of its kind?
No. Disney Plus has produced a behind-the-scenes documentary on each of their live-action series. They were previously labeled as “Disney Gallery”, with eight episodes produced on The Mandalorian season 1, two episodes on The Mandalorian season 2, and one hour-long episode on The Book of Boba Fett. With Andor now coming up, a new behind-the-scenes documentary will certainly be released in due time.
It’s been two and a half months since Obi-Wan Kenobi wrapped its six-episode arc, approximately the same time that The Book of Boba Fett waited to release its behind-the-scenes documentary. (They did it as part of their May The Fourth celebrations.)
The production team
Director: David Gelb
Producers: David Gelb, Brian McGinn, Jason Sterman
Executive Producers: Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Anna Yeager
Production company: Lucasfilm.
So far, we have only confirmed appearances by Deborah Chow, Ewan McGregor, and Hayden Christensen. The rest of the cast from the show, including Moses Ingram, Indira Varma, Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Rupert Friend, Simone Kessel, Vivien Lyra Blair, Jimmy Smits, and more.
Is there a trailer?
Yes, indeed! This was released in mid-August when it was officially announced:
What to expect from Obi-Wan Kenobi: A Jedi’s Return
Exactly what the premise said. This will not be any sort of season 2 or spin-off announcement, but rather, an in-depth look at how the series was put together and filmed during the summer of 2021. Expect a lot of emotion surrounding Ewan McGregor’s and Hayden Christensen’s return to their characters from the Star Wars prequels. The series will also feature a lot of behind-the-scenes looks at the Volume, the giant LED screen built in a sound stage in Los Angeles where most of the series was shot.
This technology, already used for The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett, allowed the team to speed up the pre- and post-production process, and also save the show a lot of money in location shootings. This was one of the main reasons that convinced Ewan McGregor to return to the Star Wars franchise (along with Deborah Chow’s vision for the series), as the actor was burned out by the amount of blue-screen work he had to do when filming Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. The Volume allows the actors to immerse in the world they are acting in, as it plays on screen exactly what we see in the final product.
Another interesting detail the documentary could explore is how they brought Darth Vader’s voice to life. James Earl Jones, who voiced the character in the original trilogy and in 2016’s Rogue One, is credited on the show. However, we know that the sound artists used a neural network that was able to replicate Jones’ voice as if he was recording in 1977 again. It will be interesting to see how much he was involved, if any. This is the same technology that was used to recreate Luke Skywalker’s voice in The Book of Boba Fett.