The Star Wars series was originally intended to end very differently

Obi-Wan Kenobi as a feature film instead of a TV series for Disney Plus? The original screenwriter reveals some exciting details about the original idea for Ewan McGregor’s return. [Bildquelle: Disney/Lucasfilm]

All six episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi are now available on Disney Plus. The Star Wars series not only filled a gap between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, it expanded it war of stars-universe as well as new characters and nuances. For example the Inquisitorin Revawho had a bone to pick with Darth Vader himself.

Now it turns out that the Kenobi series was not only originally intended to end differently, but also had very different plans for the role of Moses Ingram. Also, the story of Ewan McGregor’s return was originally planned as a feature film and not as a TV series for Disney Plus. We provide you with all the information.

By the way, if you are interested in our final conclusion about Kenobi, then take a look at the following article:

Disappointed, yet excited


Opinion on Kenobi

Disappointed, yet excited

Planned for the cinema and not for Disney Plus

The following information comes from author Stuart Beattie, who interviewed the original plans for Obi-Wan Kenobi The Direct revealed. In the following text you will find a summary of the most important findings.

Film instead of TV series: Obi-Wan Kenobi was originally planned as a feature film and not as a TV series for the Disney Plus streaming service. Beattie worked on the script for a year and a half before plans for it were scrapped. Like Rogue One, Kenobi would have under the A Star Wars Story-Banners to start in cinemas, similar to the films for Boba Fett and Yoda that are also planned.

Solo is guilty: However, plans for a Kenobi film (or even more) were shelved with the flop of Solo: A Star Wars Story. The prequel about a young Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) convinced neither at the box office nor the critics. In Solo, too, we were much more likely to see them Disenchantment of a Legend. Since then, however, the mood has changed noticeably and fans are pushing for Solo: A Star Wars Story 2 again and again.

Disney is currently focusing primarily on new TV series for Disney Plus. Although Star Wars is supposed to continue in cinemas from 2023, new content for the in-house streaming service is being released every few months. Fans could at least get a quasi-sequel to Solo with a Lando series, for which Donald Glover slips into the Calrissian cape again. There are also rumors of a TV series for Emilia Clarke as Qi’ra.

If Solo: A Star Wars Story hadn't flopped, we probably would have seen a lot more Star Wars movies in theaters. [Bildquelle: DisneyLucasfilm]

If Solo: A Star Wars Story hadn’t flopped, we probably would have seen a lot more Star Wars movies in theaters. [Bildquelle: Disney/Lucasfilm]

How the story was originally supposed to go

However, let’s get back to Kenobi: Speaking to The Direct, Beattie reveals that while parts of his script were used for the Disney Plus series, they were also significantly altered. What is exciting here, for example, is that Beattie describes Reva as his own creation, but there are serious differences in the final version of Kenobi from his original vision.

We have summarized the most important plot changes between the screenplay written by Beattie and the final TV series for you in the following key points:

  • Reva did not know Darth Vader’s true identity. In Beattie’s script, although she was wounded by Anakin Skywalker during Order 66, she was unaware that the fallen knight would later be hidden under Vader’s mask.
  • Reva believed the Empire’s lies that the Jedi Council was trying to seize power. Because of this, as an inquisitor, she hunted the Jedi with fervor and hatred.
  • Kenobi was then asked to reveal the truth about Vader to Reva, which plunged the Inquisitor into a crisis of meaning. In Beattie’s script, Reva confronted Vader and claimed that she killed Kenobi. As a result, Reva herself was murdered by Vader.
  • Beattie wanted this to end Reva’s story and give her a major role in Vader’s pursuit of Obi-Wan: because of her lie, she would have ended Vader’s obsession with his former master, who had misconceived that Kenobi had already been killed.
  • In Beattie’s Kenobi film, no other Inquisitors would have appeared alongside Reva. Reva would have acted as a direct antagonist to Kenobi, while Vader would have loomed over the entire story as a major nuisance. In Beattie’s eyes, another confrontation between Vader and Kenobi wouldn’t be satisfying, since viewers already know how it’s going to end.

Reva (Moses Ingram) would have expected a different fate in Obi-Wan Kenobi's original film vision. [Bildquelle: DisneyLucasfilm]

Reva (Moses Ingram) would have expected a different fate in Obi-Wan Kenobi’s original film vision. [Bildquelle: Disney/Lucasfilm]

Parallels to Jedi: Fallen Order, a Coincidence: As one or the other Star Wars fan might have easily missed, there are certain parallels between the Kenobi series and the video game Jedi: Fallen Order. Especially when it comes to the two inquisitors Reva and Trilla Suduri. According to Beattie, that was a coincidence – at least as far as his version of Kenobi is concerned:

At the time [als ich das Drehbuch geschrieben habe] I hadn’t played Fallen Order. I wrote the screenplay in 2017, before I could play Fallen Order. Then I came to it […] and stated: “Oh wow, that’s Reva! But yes, it was actually a coincidence. I wanted to create a new character that was not subject to previous canon […] I wanted the freedom to take my character in the directions I wanted her to go.

Stuart Beattie speaking to The Direct

What’s next after Obi-Wan Kenobi?

Obi-Wan Kenobi is actually a limited series. This means that after the first season, the story is over for the time being. However, the chances are not bad that Kenobi will get a second season. You can read why exactly in the following article:

What are the chances of a season 2?


Obi-Wan Kenobi

What are the chances of a season 2?

By the way, Star Wars on Disney Plus is about 31. August 2022 further. On this date, Andor, the next TV series, will start on the streaming service. What else awaits you – from Ahsoka to Tales of the Jedi to The Mandalorian: Season 3 – can be found in our large overview.

Andor: First dark trailer for the new Star Wars series


Andor: First dark trailer for the new Star Wars series

What do you think of the original vision for Ewan McGregor’s return as Obi-Wan Kenobi: would you have preferred the final TV series version? Or are you happy with how the story went? Let us know in the comments!

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