Andrew Stanton, director of the greatest Pixar film of all-time Wall-E, yeah, I said it, has been revealed to have written episode 5 of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Head writer Joby Harold penned a big-screen version of the story and ultimately helped turn that into a TV show, but the full list of scribes for episodes 1 – 5 have now been revealed.
Those come our way courtesy of a listing on the Writers Guild of America West‘s website.
Episode 1: Teleplay by Joby Harold and Hossein Amini and Stuart Beattie,
Story by Stuart Beattie and Hossein Amini
Episode 2: Teleplay by Joby Harold, Story by Stuart Beattie and Hossein Amini
Episode 3: Written by Joby Harold & Hannah Friedman and Hossein Amini and Stuart Beattie
Episode 4: Written by Joby Harold & Hannah Friedman
Episode 5: Written by Joby Harold & Andrew Stanton
Stanton is a Pixar veteran having written Toy Story. He also directed Finding Nemo and Finding Dory. He also directed the underrated box office disaster John Carter for Disney. His involvement on Obi-Wan Kenobi is equal parts unexpected and exciting.
Beattie has a long list of credits, including Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Collateral, and I, Frankenstein. Friedman, meanwhile, has worked on TV shows like Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp and About a Boy, and scripted episodes of Disney+’s Willow revival.
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The story begins 10 years after the dramatic events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith where Obi-Wan Kenobi faced his greatest defeat—the downfall and corruption of his best friend and Jedi apprentice, Anakin Skywalker, who turned to the dark side as evil Sith Lord Darth Vader.
The series stars Ewan McGregor, reprising his role as the iconic Jedi Master, and also marks the return of Hayden Christensen in the role of Darth Vader. Joining the cast are Moses Ingram, Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell, and Benny Safdie.
Obi-Wan Kenobi is directed by Deborah Chow and executive-produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Deborah Chow, Ewan McGregor, and Joby Harold.
The limited series will launch with the first two episodes on Disney+ on May 27, 2022.