'Obi-Wan Kenobi' Writer Explains the Show's Timeline in the 'Star Wars' Universe

Set “in a time of darkness in the galaxy.”

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Disney+‘s new Star Wars series Obi-Wan Kenobi is set to arrive late next month, and now the show’s writer Joby Harold has explained the timeline that Ewan McGregor finds himself thrust into. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Harold revealed that the series will take a deep dive into the galaxy post-Order 66, where darkness reigns. “It takes place 10 years after Revenge of the Sith, in a time of darkness in the galaxy,” the creative explained. “The Empire is in the ascendancy. And all the horrors that come with the Empire are being made manifest throughout the galaxy. And the Jedi Order as we know them are being all but wiped out. So everything that was in the prequels has crumbled.”

Harold went on to explain that Obi-Wan’s faith in the Jedi Order gets tested as Vader begins hunting him down. “Those surviving Jedi, those that do survive, are on the run and they’re in hiding. And Vader and his Inquisitors are chasing them to the end of the galaxy,” Harold continued. “Within that hopeless fatalistic world, we find possibly the most famous of all our surviving Jedi in hiding struggling with that faith that defines the Jedi, and wanting to hold onto it and hoping to regain that faith within that sort of hopeless world.”

Before wrapping up, the writer also touched on how Obi-Wan will deal with his past relationship with Anakin Skywalker. “Part of the journey of what he goes through is reconciling that past and coming to understand it and coming to understand his place in it,” Harold concluded. “And that journey and the places he has to go emotionally as well as physically, and some of those battles he has to fight, are very much to do with facing that past and understanding who he was, his part in his own history, in the history of others.”

Obi-Wan Kenobi will premiere on Disney+ on May 27.

Elsewhere in entertainment, Marvel’s Ironheart has brought on Sam Bailey and Angela Barnes as directors.

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