When Obi Wan Kenobi premiered on Disney+ on May 27, some star wars fans were shocked to find that the series revolves around Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and Leia Organa (Vivien Lyra Blair) instead of Obi-Wan and Luke Skywalker (Grant Feely). In an interview with The Wrap, Obi Wan Kenobi Writer Joby Harold has revealed that the Disney+ series was “never” going to focus on Obi-Wan and Luke.
[Spoiler Alert: This article contains spoilers for the first season of Obi-Wan Kenobi.]
‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Isn’t About Obi-Wan’s Relationship With Luke Skywalker
The first trailer for Obi Wan Kenobi created on March 9. In the trailer, a young Luke is seen on Tatooine with Obi-Wan watching from afar.
On May 4, the official trailer for Obi Wan Kenobi fall. The longer trailer again showed Obi-Wan watching over Luke. Fans also see Obi-Wan talking with Luke’s uncle, Owen Lars (Joel Edgerton), about wanting to train Luke.
Blair’s involvement as Leia in Obi Wan Kenobi was kept secret until the show premiered. In an interview with The envelopeHarold revealed that the show was “never” planning to focus on Obi-Wan’s interaction with Luke.
The Wrap writes: “Asked about the rumors that it was originally Luke who Obi-Wan was paired with on the show, Harold confessed that it was ‘never in a version’ he had heard of. “
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Why ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Decided to Focus on Leia Organa
In the 1977 movie Star Wars: Episode IV – A New HopeLeia sends a message to Obi-Wan asking for his help, which kicks off the film’s plot.
Speaking to The Wrap, Harold shared that the Disney+ series wanted to explore the ‘relationship’ between Obi-Wan and Leia to set up what fans see in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.
“A new hope is built on that early relationship, in a way that was never really understood. The idea that we could complete something that maybe the audience didn’t even realize had to be completed for the most famous post of all time to really stand out as a really interesting opportunity,” Harold said.
The Obi Wan Kenobi The writer also shared that Leia’s inclusion in the series ties into the franchise’s recent sequel trilogy.
“Just like the fact that, you know, Leia named her Ben. There are pieces of the puzzle in there that kind of make it inevitable, if we’re contributing the kind of ‘episode III and a half’ to a bigger canon, this hopefully now feels in retrospect, “Oh, yeah, and of course that’s what it should be about,” the writer told The Wrap .
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‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ was ‘marketed’ as a different kind of show
In his interview with The Wrap, Harold admitted that Obi Wan Kenobi was “marketed” through trailers as Obi-Wan went into hiding against Leia’s rescue.
“It’s because of the way the show was marketed and teased, which I tried to incorporate, that it could exist seemingly like this kind of ‘Man on the Run being chased’ situation,” said said Harold.
He continued: “The Leia of it all and kind of hiding the football there, which is quite delightful, was the great anxiety I had the night before the premiere because there was no way whether the public would wrap their arms around that idea.”
The first four episodes of Obi Wan Kenobi are available to watch on Disney+.
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