During today’s Disney Investor Day 2020 event, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy dropped a megaton of Star Wars news and projects that should pique the interest of even the most estranged fan. They include a Rogue Squadron movie directed by Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman), an untitled film by Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok), six new Star Wars shows, as well as the return of Hayden Christensen as Darth Vader for Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi series.
“It was such an incredible journey playing Anakin Skywalker,” Christensen said in support of the announcement. “Of course, Anakin and Obi-Wan weren’t on the greatest of terms when we last saw them… It will be interesting to see what an amazing director like Deborah Chow has in store for us all. I’m excited to work with Ewan again. It feels good to be back.”
We’re not entirely sure what the writers are planning, as Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope heavily implied that the Death Star encounter was the first time that Obi-Wan and Vader had physically met since their epic battle on Mustafar, but Christensen’s return should definitely be a treat for those of you who have warmed up to the prequels and don’t mind seeing the actor donning the armor and life-support system again.
Hayden Christensen returns as Darth Vader, joining Ewan McGregor in OBI-WAN KENOBI. The Original Series begins 10 years after the dramatic events of Revenge of the Sith, and is coming to #DisneyPlus. pic.twitter.com/9WR2npRUkk— Star Wars (@starwars) December 10, 2020
Obi-Wan Kenobi will be joined by a ton of other Star Wars shows, which include Ahsoka (a live-action Ahsoka Tano series starring Rosario Dawson), Rangers of the New Republic (a Mandalorian spin-off), and a series revolving around the galaxy’s smoothest scoundrel, Lando Calrissian.
As for Rogue Squadron, Wonder Woman 1984 director Patty Jenkins has promised an exciting starfighter film, noting that she had always wanted to make an engaging fighter pilot movie.
“As the daughter of a great fighter pilot myself, some of the best memories of my life are of seeing my father’s squadron take off in their F4s every morning, and hearing and feeling the awe-inspiring power and grace,” Jenkins said. “When he passed away in service to this country it ignited a burning desire to one day channel all of those emotions into one great film. When the perfect story arrived in combination with another true love of mine, the incomparable world of Star Wars, I knew I’d finally found my next film. I’m extremely honored and excited to take it on, and grateful to Lucasfilm, Disney, and the fans for extending that thrill to me.”
December 10, 2020
Lucasfilm also confirmed that new Indiana Jones and Willow movies are on the way. James Mangold (Logan, Ford v Ferrari) will direct Harrison Ford in the former, while the latter will see the return of Warwick Davis’ great sorcerer Willow Ufgood on Disney+.