Will there be an Obi-Wan Kenobi season 2? Release date speculation, cast and story
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Fans have been waiting eagerly for word on Obi-Wan Kenobi season 2 after the Disney Plus series brought Ewan McGregor back onto our screens last summer.
Taking place in between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, Obi-Wan Kenobi season 1 revolved around Obi-Wan living in secret on Tatooine and being called back to be a Jedi knight once again, and also saw the return of Hayden Christensen as both Anakin Skywalker and Darth Vader.
The Disney Plus series also expanded the world of the juggernaut sci-fi franchise, introducing new characters such as fearsome inquisitor Reva, played by rising star Moses Ingram.
It also revealed that the events of A New Hope were not the first time that Obi-Wan and Princess Leia crossed paths, as the reclusive Jedi also helped get her out of trouble when she was just a child.
Reception was generally positive to the series, with speculation rife amongst fans over whether there'll be further instalments coming down the pipeline – here's everything we know so far.
In the meantime, here is how you can watch the Star Wars movies and shows in order.
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Will there be an Obi-Wan Kenobi season 2?
There's bad news on this front, unfortunately, with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy confirming that a second season won't be in the works any time soon.
"That is not an active development," Kennedy revealed to Variety during Star Wars Celebration Europe 2023.
"But I never say never, because there's always the possibility. That show was so well-received and [director] Deborah Chow did such a spectacular job. Ewan McGregor really wants to do another.
"Everybody's all hands on deck with what we're doing right now, as you can see by what we showed everybody [at the Celebration]. We'll turn our attention to that again maybe down the road."
While it's clear that a second season isn't a priority for Kennedy, it doesn't sound like the door has been closed, either.
Members of the cast and creative team have also previously made comments suggesting that a second season could be on the cards.
Director Deborah Chow told RadioTimes.com: "I think this story was very much conceived to be its own standalone. [But] there are, of course, more stories that you could tell.
"There's obviously another 10 years before we get to A New Hope and with a character like Obi-Wan Kenobi, I think even just watching him ride across the sand sometimes is interesting. So, who knows? It's hard to say right now, but it was not the intention."
Obi-Wan actor Ewan McGregor added: "I hope it's not the last time I play him. I had such a great time doing this, I'm sure we can think of a few more stories before I turn into Alec Guinness, don't you think?"
Despite apparent interest from both, there has been no official confirmation of a second season from Disney just yet, but the studio will hopefully set the record straight soon.
What could happen in a potential Obi-Wan Kenobi season 2?
We can only speculate as to what the plot of a potential second season would be, given the uncertainty surrounding the project and the general secrecy around every Lucasfilm production.
The writers of the show would be somewhat restricted by existing continuity, with Obi-Wan needing to be back on Tatooine by the start of A New Hope, while events also mustn't contradict what has already been depicted in Star Wars: Rebels.
Indeed, it wouldn't be possible for Obi-Wan to face Darth Maul once more in live-action due to the two arch-rivals already having had their final confrontation in the animated show.
However, with ten years still lying between the conclusion of the first run and A New Hope, that's a lot of time to play with.
It does seem like whatever story Obi-Wan would get would need to be taken further away from the Skywalker family.
Who could star in a potential Obi-Wan Kenobi season 2?
The following cast members could potentially return for an Obi-Wan Kenobi season 2.
- Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan "Ben" Kenobi
- Hayden Christensen as Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker
- Moses Ingram as Reva Sevander
- Rupert Friend as The Grand Inquisitor
- Sung Kang as The Fifth Brother
- Joel Edgerton as Owen Lars
- Bonnie Piesse as Beru Whitesun Lars
- Simone Kessell as Queen Breha Organa
- Vivien Lyra Blair as Princess Leia Organa
- Kumail Nanjiani as Haja Estree
- Marisé Álvarez as Nyche Horn
- Rya Kihlstedt as The Fourth Sister
- O’Shea Jackson Jr. as Kawlan Roken
- Maya Erskine as Sully
- Ian McDiarmid as Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious
- Jimmy Smits as Senator Bail Organa
- James Earl Jones as the voice of Darth Vader
- Liam Neeson as Qui-Gon Jinn
While numerous characters' arcs reached their end, returns for all of the above remain possible.
If Obi-Wan Kenobi were to return for a second season, it would most definitely see Ewan McGregor reprise the title role once again – no one else could fill those shoes.
It's possible that Hayden Christensen could also come back, as he told RadioTimes.com that he would "love to continue" as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader and that there is "certainly more there to explore" in the role.
Some fans have criticised the prequel star's lack of screen time in this first season, so it would probably go down well to sprinkle in a few more pre-Vader flashbacks, such as the one that sent fans wild in episode 5.
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Moses Ingram made a huge impression as Reva in this initial run of Obi-Wan Kenobi, so it's not hard to imagine her remaining a big part of this show moving forward if it were to return.
Characters who perished in the first run included Benny Safdie as the Jedi fugitive Nari, Flea as bounty hunter Vect Nokru, and, of course, rebellious Imperial officer Indira Varma as Tala Durith.
Is there an Obi-Wan Kenobi season 2 trailer?
Not right now. After all, we don't even know if season 2 will ever happen! But we'll update this page with new information as it comes – and that includes any first-look images and videos.
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