The Mandalorian Forces Obi-Wan Kenobi to Recast Luke Skywalker Actor

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There's no denying that a lot of work went into the creation of Star Wars' next big project — the standalone Obi-Wan Kenobi series which marks the "rematch of the century" between Ewan McGregor's titular Jedi Master and Hayden Christensen's Darth Vader. In case you weren't aware, the show underwent extensive delays as well as several changes in the script that are finally coming to light just now.

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Turns out, The Mandalorian forced Obi-Wan to make some slight changes. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the project is night and day compared to how director Debora Chow and original show writer Hossein Amini imagined it to be. The main concern with the show's writing stems from the fact that Kenobi and Skywalker's dynamic in the Obi-Wan series could be too similar to Mando and Grogu's relationship, something Lucasfilm is conscious to avoid.

An unknown actor was originally chosen to play a young Luke Skywalker in the show but due to the script overhaul, he never got to film his scenes and was later replaced by Grant Feely who previously appeared on an episode of Creepshow. When asked just how drastic the changes were, Chow explained that they "inherited some of it, but we did really make some significant changes and add a few different elements."

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This seems to indicate that Luke won't be playing a hefty role in the series as previously speculated and while we've yet to get any confirmation, the focus could very well be shifted towards Young Leia Organa. I totally get where they're coming from but when you think about it, Obi-Wan and Luke have long shared a mentor-protege relationship and I don't think fans would mind.

Obi-Wan Kenobi begins streaming on May 25th, exclusively on Disney+.