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Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Verma Join Cast of ‘Star Wars’ Prequel ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ on Disney Plus

Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Verma Join Cast of ‘Star Wars’ Prequel ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ on Disney Plus

  • The two actors of South Asian origin join an ensemble cast of the show set years after “Revenge of the Sith.”

Good news for all “Star Wars” prequel enthusiasts. “The Obi-Wan Kenobi” show coming to Disney Plus will kick off production in April, Lucasfilm said on March 30.  It also revealed that Pakistani American comedian, actor, screenwriter and podcaster Kumail Nanjiani (“Silicon Valley” and “The Big Sick”) along with British Indian actress Indira Varma (“Game of Thrones”) will join a stellar ensemble that includes Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, O’Shea Jackson Jr. Moses Ingram, Rupert Friend, Sung Kang, Simone Kessell and Benny Safdie. They join Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen, who played Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader in “Attack of the Clones” and “Revenge of the Sith,” will reprise his role in the upcoming “Star Wars” series.

The show, which doesn’t have a release date yet, will see McGregor returning to the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi. It’s set 10 years after “Revenge of the Sith” (and nine years before “A New Hope”), when the exiled Jedi is living on Tatooine. Christensen will also come back as Darth Vader, the fallen Jedi Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan’s former apprentice.

Of the newly announced cast members, Edgerton and Piesse will be familiar to Star Wars fans — they played Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru in “Attack of the Clones” and “Revenge of the Sith.” In the closing moments of the latter, the baby Luke Skywalker was given to them by Obi-Wan. So we’ll presumably see a 10-year-old Luke in the show. Nanjiani, who’ll appear in Marvel’s “Eternals” later this year, and the others are new to a galaxy far, far away. 

“Obi-Wan Kenobi” will be directed by Deborah Chow, who directed two episodes of  the first season of “The Mandalorian” – “The Sin” and “The Reckoning.” It’ll be executive produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Chow, McGregor and writer Joby Harold.

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“Obi-Wan Kenobi” is just one of many “Star Wars” series heading to Disney+ in the next few years.  Two spinoffs of Disney+’s biggest hit, “The Mandalorian” – “Rangers of the New Republic” and “Ahsoka” – are joining Disney+ for Christmas 2021. “The Book of Boba Fett,” teased at the end of “Mandalorian” Season 2, will also arrive on the streaming service in December 2021.

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