We're now just a week away before Obi-Wan Kenobi finally premieres on Disney+. A lot of Star Wars fans have been looking forward to the series as it will mark the return of Ewan McGregor as the titular Jedi 17 years after he last played him in Revenge of the Sith and it will also be the first live-action Star Wars series outside the "Mando-Verse." So should we expect a different vibe in the upcoming series?
Speaking with Slash Film, McGregor addressed the major difference between Obi-Wan Kenobi and The Mandalorian to which he said that the former is structured like one long movie, unlike the latter which is structured in an episodic format even though it has an overarching storyline.
"The beauty of it being a series is that we've got longer to tell the story. But because [Deborah Chow] directed [all the episodes] and it's her singular vision throughout, it did feel like we were making one movie," McGregor said. "And the episodic nature of our series, it falls really cleverly in the storyline, but it is one driving narrative. I think The Mandalorian feels more episodic, if you like, because it suits that storytelling. And, of course, [it] has a driving storyline through each season. But ours is like a movie that just happens to be split up into these episodes."
It does make sense to hear that Obi-Wan Kenobi is structured like one long movie. After all, the project started as a feature film first before it turned into a six-episode series. There's also the fact that the nature of the story calls for a serialized format while The Mandalorian is about a bounty hunter on a mission which means that each episode focuses on a different adventure and story.
Most importantly, Obi-Wan Kenobi is directed by one sole director and is expected to run in a limited series format. As for The Mandalorian, each episode has different directors and is running for multiple seasons. There is no issue at all that the shows have different structures and it just shows the range of storytelling that the live-action Star Wars shows have.
Obi-Wan Kenobi is set to premiere with two episodes on May 27 on Disney+.