Reports that Disney+’s Obi-Wan Kenobi TV series are in serious trouble have been quickly waved away by its star, Ewan McGregor.
The actor, who has agreed to reprise his role from the Star Wars prequels for the streaming service, was present at the premiere of Warner Bros.’ Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) last night, where he stopped to speak with the press, saying that Lucasfilm has simply “pushed the [Obi-Wan] shoot to the beginning of next year.”
Prior to this, several reliable outlets had claimed their sources had confirmed that the Obi-Wan series had been put on indefinite hold and the crew told to go home while the show was completely overhauled and new writers hired for a fresh batch of scripts.
McGregor, however, called “bullshit” on most of the Obi-Wan froth.
“All this bullshit about creative differences and all that stuff is, none of it true,” he said (via The Wrap). “We just pushed the dates, they want — last episode, episode 9 came out, everyone had more time to read the stuff that had been written, and they felt that they wanted to do more work on it. So they slid the shoot. It’s not nearly as dramatic as it sounds online.”
McGregor also said the Obi-Wan project will likely still make it’s January, 2021 filming start. “I think they want to keep the same release date so it’s not really gonna affect the viewer in any way. It just simply gives them more time to write and make the scripts even better.”
Along with its Obi-Wan series, Disney+ also has another live-action Star Wars show in the works focusing on the pre-Rogue One adventures of spy Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) and his droid companion K-2SO. That series has also faced reports of behind the scenes turmoil, with its rumored late-2019 shoot postponed and Bourne mastermind Tony Gilroy brought in to write the pilot script. Gilroy famously stepped in to oversee reshoots on 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story when it ran into trouble under director Gareth Edwards.
There’s surely more news yet to come on this Obi-Wan spinoff series, and we’ll bring it to you as we get it.