Hello there, indeed. A crowd erupted in cheers and leaped to give Ewan McGregor a standing ovation as he surprised fans at D23 Expo Friday evening, taking the stage to announce his reprisal of Obi-Wan Kenobi in a future Disney+ series.
The welcome return of Anakin Skywalker’s former Jedi Master was just one of many exciting moments during the Disney+ Showcase, which brought together stars from Star Wars, Pixar, Marvel, Disney, and more to kickoff the debut of the streaming service on November 12.
Here are 8 of the biggest moments and reveals during Lucasfilm’s star-studded presentation.
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1. Obi-Wan Kenobi is back.
Now there’s a name we’ve not heard in a long time. “After secrets and fibs and not being able to talk about it, I am thrilled to bring out a beloved member of the Star Wars fandom,” Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy told the crowd to herald McGregor’s arrival onstage. “Can you please ask me, am I going to play Obi-Wan Kenobi again?” McGregor pleaded. He’s been dodging questions about returning to the role for the last four years. “But now I can say yes we’re going to do it.” Scripts for the as-yet untitled Kenobi series — set eight years after the events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith — have been written, and Kennedy said the crew is ready to start shooting next year.
set eight years after the events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith2. The Mandalorian
debuted its first trailer.
(Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)
3. Jon Favreau’s concept for The Mandalorian.
Left to right: Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, Giancarlo Esposito, and Taika Waititi. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)
4. The cast is genuinely thrilled to be part of the family.
Alan Tudyk and Diego Luna. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)
5. The actors behind Cassian Andor and K-2SO were also reunited.
Ever since we learned that Alan Tudyk was joining the series that will bring Diego Luna back to the role of Cassian Andor, we’ve been waiting to see the two friends together again. On Friday, fans got a glimpse at the camaraderie between the two actors behind the scenes of the prequel. “It’s been hard three years,” Luna said, since his character met his end in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. “My kids won’t look me in the eye.”
6. But there’s no name for the series. At least not just yet.
Luna and Tudyk weren’t able to reveal the name of their project, but Tudyk helpfully suggested his own title for the series set to start shooting in London next year. “Kay-Too Fast, Kay-Too Furious: A Cassian Andor Story,” he quipped delightedly.7. Star Wars: The Clone Wars
has been saved, and it’s heading to Disney+ early next year.
Fans of the beloved animated series following the adventures of Anakin Skywalker and his Padawan Ahsoka Tano got a glimpse at an all-new image of the fierce Togruta, taking a fighting stance against a familiar looking Dathomirian. Kennedy also announced that new episodes will debut on the streaming service in February 2020.
8. And it’s bringing along some good company.
The Mandalorian Within the first year, Kennedy promised that Disney+ would also be the hub for the entire Star Wars galaxy, including the forthcoming Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. “This service will be home to the entire Star Wars collection,” she said. “Over 40 years of Star Wars storytelling in one place. I would say that’s pretty fantastic.”
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