Less than a decade ago O’Shea Jackson Jr.’s career began when he portrayed his father, Ice Cube, in the 1990s-set musical biopic Straight Outta Compton. Next month, he’ll hit his highest pinnacle yet as a character in the Star Wars prequel series Obi-Wan Kenobi.
While very little is known about the series, and speculation has grown exponentially in the months leading to its premiere, MakingStarWars.net claims to have cracked some of its code. More specifically, it claims to have figured out who Jackson Jr. will be playing and what purpose he’ll have overall.
According to sources close to the site, it appears that O’Shea Jackson Jr. will playing a character by the name of Roken. It’s unclear if that’s his first or last name, but in a galaxy filled with so many crazy names I suppose it doesn’t really matter.
The site adds that Roken will appear in multiple episodes and that he will help Kenobi travel to and from Alderaan with – and please take this with a grain of salt – Princess Leia. The Leia we meet in the series will reportedly be a younger one. This aligns with the official confirmation we got not so long ago that a young Luke Skywalker would definitely be appearing in the series.
Before Alderaan however, Roken will have a quest of his own to complete and that’s where we might meet some of the rest of the series’ ensemble.
The site speculates that Roken could be a relative of Saw Gerrera but, even if true, there won’t be any concrete proof provided in the series. It’ll be one of those things left for the audience to decide similar to what happened when Lando met Jannah in The Rise of Skywalker.
Once again, because none of this is confirmed, we urge you all to take this with a grain of salt. The show officially premieres in less than one month, so it’s only a matter of time before we know the truth for ourselves.
Set to take place decades between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, plot details are currently being kept close to the vest. One thing is certain though. During 2020’s Disney Investor Day, Kathleen Kennedy promised “the rematch of the century” between Kenobi and Vader.
Deborah Chow, who helmed several episodes of the first season of The Mandalorian, will both produce and direct the entire 6-episode series.
In addition to having Ewan McGregor reprise his role as the titular Jedi for the series, Hayden Christensen will return to play Darth Vader too. As you can tell by the trailer Joel Edgarton will reprise his role as Luke Skywalker’s Uncle Owen in the series. Jimmy Smits and Bonnie Piesse will appear in their original roles from the franchise too.
Moses Ingram (The Queen’s Gambit) And Rupert Friend (Homeland) lead the remaining supporting cast as the franchise’s first live-action Inquisitors. Friend appears to playing The Grand Inquisitor in the series.
Besides O’Shea Jackson Jr., the rest of the cast consists of Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick), Indira Varma (Game of Thrones), Sung Kang (Fast and Furious franchise), Simone Kessell (Terra Nova), Benny Safdie (Pieces of a Woman), and Maya Erskine (Pen15).