Producer Joby Harold (John Wick: Chapter 3) has been brought on to write the Disney+ Obi-Wan Kenobi series, Variety has learned.
Harold takes over writing duties from Hossein Amini (Drive) who departed the series in January, when production was postponed from this August back to January 2021. Ewan McGregor, who reprises his role is set to return to the role that helped make him the big-name star he is today.
Kenobi will be the first series Joby Harold has written, however, he recently wrote the upcoming zombie-horror film from Zack Snyder (Man of Steel), Army of the Dead and also did a page-one rewrite on Warner Bros. long-in-development standalone Flash movie. He was also a producer on Edge of Tomorrow, starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt and King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, from director Guy Ritchie (Aladdin).
Earlier reports revealed that Kenobi would take place eight years after Revenge of the Sith. It is currently unknown how Harold’s involvement affects that timeframe. Amini’s version of the script reportedly featured appearances from a young Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia, again, the new script could change all that. There has been speculation that the series could overlap with Solo: A Star Wars Story and possibly bringing back Darth Maul.
Deborah Chow, who received praise for her directing duties on The Mandalorian, is set to direct Kenobi. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy will produce along-with Chow, Jason D. McGatlin (The Rise of Skywalker), Tracey Seaward (The Queen), and John Swartz (Rogue One).