The Mandalorian‘s new “Stagecraft” technology, which uses a rear-projected LED screen to create a reactive environment, is considered the most groundbreaking new film technology since the green screen. So it’s no wonder that Disney+ plans to use it for one of its most anticipated Star Wars series. The Obi-Wan Kenobi TV series will use the same technology as that pioneered by The Mandalorian, according to star Ewan McGregor, who shared vague new details about the yet-untitled series.
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The Mandalorian season 2 is on track to debut this October on Disney+, but it will still be some time until we see Ewan McGregor don his robes again in the new Obi-Wan Kenobi TV series. The Mandalorian executive producer Jon Favreau, who was one of several Lucasfilm creatives appearing in a virtual panel for the ATX Television Festival, gave an update on the highly anticipated second season, while Obi-Wan TV series director Deborah Chow revealed that the project is still in its early stages.
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Joby Harold, whose writing credits include Awake, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, and Zack Snyder’s upcoming Army of the Dead, has been hired as the new writer of the untitled Obi-Wan Kenobi series on Disney+. Get the details below. Read More »
Disney is looking within its circle of Lucasfilm regulars for a writer to replace Hossein Amini on the Obi-Wan Kenobi series. Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels creator Dave Filoni and longtime Star Wars TV writer Christopher Yost are among those being eyed by Disney as the new Obi-Wan Kenobi TV series writer. Both Filoni and Yost are part of the Disney+ family as well, having written episodes of The Mandalorian, with Filoni also directing two of them.
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Looks like Ewan McGregor‘s Obi-Wan Kenobi will be encountering a familiar face in his upcoming Disney+ series. A new rumor claims that Jar Jar Binks, perhaps the most hated character from George Lucas’s Star Wars prequels, is going to appear in the new show – and this time, Jar Jar will have a beard. Read More »
Baby Yoda could have some competition in the sci-fi moppet department. A new casting rumor has sprung up around the yet-untitled Obi-Wan Kenobi TV series in development at Disney+. The series, which is set to star Ewan McGregor reprising his role as the Jedi Master, is reportedly looking for an actor to play a young Luke Skywalker living on Tatooine.
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All throughout the production of the Disney+ series The Mandalorian, I had heard rumblings of the groundbreaking technology being used to create the first-ever Star Wars live-action television show. Producer Jon Favreau has talked briefly about the process while doing press, mentioning that the series makes use of a new tech that creates virtual backgrounds using large high-resolution screens. The filmmaker would rather have audiences concentrate on the story than the tech, so we won’t likely see any real behind-the-scenes features on the technology until after the first season airs in its entirety (Notably, Favreau took the same approach for Jungle Book and Lion King).
I’ve watched the first two episodes of The Mandalorian multiple times now and tried to find the seams. Where is this tech being used? What is practical and what is being generated virtually on a performance capture “volume” in the soundstages next to James Cameron’s Avatar sequels?
Yesterday, I attended a “Women of Lucasfilm—What Drives You?” panel discussion at the Porsche Experience Center Los Angeles in support of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. It was wonderful to hear stories from the women who are bringing Star Wars into the next decade and beyond.
Late into the panel discussion, the conversation turned to George Lucas‘ fearless innovation that has been a part of the Star Wars DNA. Remember, ILM was created to help bring a galaxy far, far away to life. The female dream team on the panel spoke for over 15 minutes about how this new tech could change television and cinema forever. And director Deborah Chow talked about possibly using this new “Stagecraft” technology in Disney+’s upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi tv series.
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For years, fans have whipped themselves into a frenzy over rumors of a new Obi-Wan Kenobi project. A project bringing back Ewan McGregor as the noble Jedi Master first appeared on our radars as a rumored movie before the Star Wars prequels star finally put us all out of our miseries this year by confirming that he was returning for an Obi-Wan Kenobi TV series. But it turns out that McGregor could have lessened our suffering a lot sooner. McGregor has apparently known and been attached to the Obi-Wan Kenobi project for years, and had lied to all our faces about it. Will the lies never cease, Ewan McGregor?
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Disney+’s Obi-Wan Kenobi series has found the director it has been looking for. Deborah Chow has been tapped to be the Obi-Wan Kenobi TV series director for the yet-untitled project, which will debut on the forthcoming Disney streaming service that launches this November. The series, which features the return of Ewan McGregor as the beloved Jedi Master, is set to begin production in 2020. Read More »
The D23 Expo confirmed recent (and ongoing) rumors that Ewan McGregor had signed on to finally reprise his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in a series Lucasfilm is sending to the Disney+ streaming service. A new timeline graphic displayed during the Lucasfilm portion of the Disney+ presentation had the series taking place during the events of Solo: A Star Wars Story, but now we have an even better idea about when the Kenobi series unfolds in the Star Wars universe. Read More »