‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Director Likens ‘Star Wars’ Series To ‘Joker’ & ‘Logan’

Kenobi will be a character-driven tale.

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Obi-Wan Kenobi director Deborah Chow compared the upcoming Star Wars series to Joker and Logan.

Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi isn’t the first Star Wars character to get their own spin-off, but it sounds like Lucasfilm is taking a different approach compared to what they did with Solo. The most significant difference is that Kenobi will be a limited six-episode Disney Plus series and according to director Deborah Chow, the series is also similar to Joker and Logan.

A Character-Driven Story

Both Joker and Logan have elevated the comic book movie genre with their character-driven narrative instead of focusing on spectacle. Deborah Chow elaborated on how Obi-Wan Kenobi will be similar during the show’s virtual press conference on Thursday:

“I think I was the most excited about getting the opportunity to do a character-driven story, in a similar way – it’s a different tone – but something like Joker or Logan, where you take one character out of a big franchise and then you really have the time and you go a lot deeper with the character. So, that to me seemed really exciting to get to do in Star Wars.”

Here is the synopsis for the upcoming new series:

During the reign of the Galactic Empire, former Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi embarks on a crucial mission. Kenobi must confront allies turned enemies and face the wrath of the Empire.

Directed by Deborah Chow from Joby Harold’s scripts, the series stars Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen, Moses Ingram, Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell, and Benny Safdie. The series will also see the return of legendary Star Wars composer John Williams, who scored a theme.

Obi-Wan Kenobi will premiere May 27, 2022 on Disney Plus with two episodes. Stay tuned for all the latest news on the upcoming series as well as the future of the Star Wars franchise, and subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.

Ryden Scarnato

Ryden Scarnato

Ryden's affection for all things DC, Marvel, and Star Wars has led him to entertainment journalism at Heroic Hollywood as a News Editor.