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‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ is The Biggest Disney+ Worldwide Premiere to Date

Obi-Wan Kenobi is finally here! Disney+ treated fans last Friday with an early two episode debut of the series. Now, according to Lucasfilm, the series is the largest global debut for a Disney+ original series to date, based on hours streamed.

What makes this astounding is that the series premiered against the Netflix hit series Stranger Things, which also debuted their new season on Friday. For now, Lucasfilm and Disney have not opted to reveal official viewership, which isn’t uncommon for Disney+ projects. Though, third party outlets such as SambaTV will release their analytics, so expect to see some figures in the coming days. In terms of hours streamed on its global opening weekend, Obi-Wan Kenobi has beaten out hit Disney+ projects such as WandaVision, The Mandalorian, Loki, and Moon Knight.

The series 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. 

Obi-Wan Kenobi 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 first to episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi are now streaming on Disney+. Following the premiere, the series will stream weekly on Wednesdays, until the finale on Wednesday, June 22. You can check back each week at The DisInsider for a review of every new episode as they drop.