Ewan McGregor is making his return as Obi-Wan Kenobi
With the debuts of both Disney+ and AppleTV+ in the fall, the world of streaming entertainment will take a big step towards the old days of subscribing to pricey cable packages just to cobble together the handful of shows you actually want to watch.
The bright side, however, is that the streaming newcomers are throwing everything at the wall to entice new subscribers—including star-studded series announcements and jaw-dropping new trailers. Disney’s D23 Expo offered Star Wars fans both on Friday, with the announcement that Ewan McGregor will be joining Disney+ for an Obi-Wan Kenobi television series, and by releasing a trailer for the the much-anticipated show The Mandalorian.
Lucasfilm confirmed the rumors of McGregor’s return to the role Friday. "We have all the scripts written, we’re ready to start shooting next year,” Star Wars producer Kathleen Kennedy told the expo crowd.
But while fans won’t be seeing the Obi-Wan series for a while, the wait for The Mandalorian is finally nearing its end. The show stars Game of Thrones' Pedro Pascal as the titular gunslinging bounty hunter, alongside Gina Carano, Werner Herzog, Ming-Na Wen, and Apollo Creed himself, Carl Weathers. Marvel alum Jon Favreau is onboard as creator, writer and showrunner, while Thor director Taika Waititi voices the droid IG-11. The show’s eight-episode long first season will debut with the November 12th launch of Disney.
Check out the trailer below.
The trailer's release was big news online—as of Saturday, the clip is holding steady atop YouTube's ranking of trending videos. And here's what folks are saying on Twitter.
The Mandalorian trailer now exists on Earth. So stoked to be part of this epic creation!#themandalorian @lucasfilm @jonfavreau @dave.filoni @ginajcarano @pascalispunk @thegiancarloesposito #FrikkenStarWars!!! https://t.co/FghK2Rt6Vg— Taika Waititi (@TaikaWaititi) August 24, 2019