The series sees Ewan McGregor return as the Jedi knight in hiding, while Hayden Christensen is also back in the Star Wars universe as Kenobi's former apprentice, Anakin Skywalker, aka Darth Vader.
Release date and time: Episodes 1 and 2 (opens in new tab) are streaming now on Disney Plus. Full release schedule below.
Cast: Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen, Moses Ingram, Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, Kumail Nanjiani, Sung Kang
Director: Deborah Chow
McGregor played Obi-Wan in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, portraying a younger version of Alex Guinness' character in the original movies. The series has been in the works at Disney Plus for years under writer/director Deborah Chow, who has helmed two episodes of The Mandalorian. McGregor's said (opens in new tab), when talking about Kenobi's mood at the time of this series, "Sometimes it feels like he's accepted that it's over, that the Jedi Order is done and that the war was lost, and other times I feel like he's still got hope in him."
The show takes place 10 years after Revenge of the Sith, or about nine years before Episode IV: A New Hope. The Empire has killed most of the Jedi, though a few remain in hiding. Kenobi is one of them and has settled on Tatooine to watch over young Luke Skywalker. But Vader leads a group of dark side Force users called Inquisitors to hunt down any surviving Jedi — with a focus on his old master. Learn more from our Obi-Wan Kenobi cast and character guide.
Obi-Wan Kenobi is a big deal. Disney Plus has released other Star Wars series, including the hit Mandalorian, but this one revolves around one of the most beloved characters in the franchise.
Here's everything to know about how and when to watch Obi-Wan Kenobi online. And don't miss our take on the first couple of episodes: I just watched Obi-Wan Kenobi — what I love and hate so far.
When does Obi-Wan Kenobi come out on Disney Plus?
Episodes 1 and 2 of Obi-Wan Kenobi were released on Disney Plus (opens in new tab) on Friday (May 27) at 12 a.m. ET / 5 a.m. BST (9 p.m. PT on Thursday). This is three hours ahead of its original 3 a.m. ET scheduled release time.
Season 1 will consist of six episodes total. After the premiere, one episode will drop every Wednesday, with the finale set for June 22.
Obi-Wan Kenobi is the third live-action Disney Plus Star Wars original, following The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett.
More Star Wars series will follow, and we have all the news from the Star Wars Disney Plus series news from the Star Wars Celebration, where we learned when Andor drops this summer and that Ahsoka is coming next year.
How to watch Obi-Wan Kenobi internationally
Disney Plus is available in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mauritius, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, so it's not going to be tough to get access to Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Obi-Wan Kenobi episodes schedule
- Obi-Wan Kenobi episode 1: May 27
- Obi-Wan Kenobi episode 2: May 27
- Obi-Wan Kenobi episode 3: June 1
- Obi-Wan Kenobi episode 4: June 8
- Obi-Wan Kenobi episode 5: June 15
- Obi-Wan Kenobi episode 6: June 22
Obi-Wan Kenobi cast
The cast of Obi-Wan Kenobi is led by Ewan McGregor as the Jedi master. He survived the Order 66 execution of Jedi and is living under the name "Ben" on Tatooine, where he watches over Luke Skywalker.
He is joined by his co-star from Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker / Darth Vader. Father to Luke and Leia Organa, Vader is a Sith Lord who commands the Inquisitors in a hunt for surviving Jedi.
Other Obi-Wan Kenobi cast members include:
- Joel Edgerton as Owen Lars, Anakin's stepbrother and Luke's step-uncle
- Bonnie Piesse as Beru Whitesun Lars, Owen's wife
- Moses Ingram as Reva Sevander / the Third Sister, a ruthless Inquisitor
- Rupert Friend as the Grand Inquisitor, a former Jedi who is now the Empire's highest-ranking Inquisitor
- Sung Kang as the Fifth Brother, an Inquisitor
- Indira Varma as an Imperial officer
- Kumail Nanjiani as Haja, a con man on the planet of Daiyu
- Grant Feely as Luke Skywalker
- O'Shea Jackson Jr.
- Maya Erskine
- Simone Kessell
- Rory Ross
- Benny Safdie