Kenobi Lands New Writer for Disney Plus Series


The upcoming live-action Star Wars series focused on Obi-Wan Kenobi has landed a new writer after the previous one departed the project earlier this year.

News hasn’t exactly been easy to come by these days (at least fun entertainment news), so it’s nice to get something Star Wars related. Even as productions have been delayed and shut down due to combating COVID-19, work is still happening on several things…from home, of course. One of those is the Kenobi series for Disney Plus, which has pulled in a new writer, Joby Harold.

Formally announced last August during D23, the Kenobi series takes place roughly 8 years after Revenge of the Sith and will bring Ewan McGregor back to portray the Jedi master in exile. Soon after the announcement, word came out that Deborah Chow (who directed the best episodes of The Mandalorian) would be helming the limited series. Hossein Amini was the show’s original writer, which apparently already had the whole season done…but then there was some trouble.

Word of trouble on the project spread quickly over social media, with many fearing it’d been cancelled outright. That wasn’t the case, but the source of that fear came from pre-production being put on hold, with many working on the series told to go home. Apparently, there were some issues with the direction of the story, and Amini left the project this January.

Now, things seem to be getting back on track (though who knows if filming will still happen this year considering everything going on), as Variety reports that Joby Harold has signed on to re-work the series. If the name doesn’t sound familiar…well, you’re not alone!

Harold has mostly worked behind the scenes, with most of his writing credits (aside from King Arthur: Legend of the Sword) still to come. These include Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead, and one of the new Transformers films. This will mark Harold’s first time writing a TV series, so let’s just hope it’s a good one!