Who Will Appear In Obi-Wan Kenobi On Disney+?
We’re just a fraction of a parsec away from May 27th, and budding Jedi masters, young and old, will already know the significance of this day.
For the uninitiated, here’s something to mark in the calendar: the highly anticipated new series Obi-Wan Kenobi will burst forth onto screens worldwide. Fans will be flocking to Disney+ to see how the Jedi master, originally played by Alec Guiness in the first, hugely successful 1977 Star Wars film, fares in the aftermath of his friend Anakin Skywalker’s fall to the dark side.
How Far We’ve Come
When Disney purchased the Star Wars franchise back in 2012, they pledged to create enough content for the eager masses, and most would argue that the Hollywood behemoth has been true to its word. Since 1999’s Phantom Menace revived George Lucas’s magnum opus after a long, dry spell, a slew of movies (some glaringly better than others), TV shows, and live-action series along the way have aimed to satisfy all tiers of fans and casual appreciators of the Star Wars franchise, which has also given rise to the popularity of Star Wars betting.
At each turn, we’ve stepped into the shoes of different protagonists, of different eras and generations, allowing new stories to be told that add one more indelible piece to the puzzle, far, far away. Some of these characters were received warmly, while others were outright rejected by dedicated fans, with varying degrees of venom. Case in point: Grogu – or Baby Yoda – won over most critics, thanks to an overload of cuteness… while Jar Jar Binks in The Phantom Menace was about as welcome as Covid-19 in an elevator.
Obi-Wan Kenobi: Which Characters Will Feature?
With so many well-defined characters floating throughout the Star Wars universe, speculation and rumours are on a steady buzz in certain corners of the internet around which ones are set to return in any upcoming release. With Obi-Wan Kenobi, the discussion only gets louder.
Now with Star Wars day upon us, here at Bodog, we’ve got the force on the mind, and we’ve been taking a look at which characters are most likely to appear in the new show on Disney+.
Some characters have already been confirmed, and actors have been cast to play them. Naturally, Obi-Wan Kenobi will feature heavily in the series that shares his name, and he will be played by Ewan McGregor who has shared openly that he’s excited to return to the role.
Hayden Christensen will also return as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader, while Rupert Friend will play the Grand Inquisitor. This leaves many gaps for other major characters to return in the series, but here are the main contenders.
“Patience you must have, my young Padawan”.
Yoda is a Star Wars fixture who endures; his highly memorable use of unconventional sentence structures, the gems of sage advice that he regularly dishes out, and his adorable demeanour, which rivals even the cuteness of Baby Yoda.
The iconic Yoda first made it onto our screens back in 1980 when he appeared in The Empire Strikes Back. He is a Jedi Master though his exact species remains unknown 40 years after his first appearance.
Many fans are expecting Yoda to appear in Obi-Wan Kenobi as he serves as his mentor, so it would be unlikely they’d leave out a big influence on the Jedi Master.
Close behind Yoda is Sabé. Originally from the planet Naboo, this royal handmaiden to Queen Padmé Amidala was first featured in The Phantom Menace back in 1999.
Sabé was originally played by Keira Knightley, but we’ve not seen her in any of the subsequent feature-length films since. The lapse in time seems to have muddied the waters for Knightley, who, in a 2020 interview, amused fans by forgetting which character she portrayed – confusing Sabé and Queen Padmé Amidala, who, to be fair, conspire to clear a planetary trade blockade by having Sabé present as the queen as decoy.
Obi-Wan Kenobi helped Padmé escape from Naboo during the events of The Phantom Menace, so the new show could feature more background to this story, which gives Sabé has odds of +200 of appearing in the new show.
Boba Fett (+250)
Boba Fett is one of the earliest Star Wars characters having first appeared in the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special then in The Empire Strikes Back.
He is a human male who previously worked as a bounty hunter for several decades before taking a career change to become a crime lord. He’s a clone of Jango Fett, a Mandalorian bounty hunter, which is why he dons a similar suit of armour.
Fett’s cool Mandalorian clobber, his wielding of all sorts of interesting weapons, and the fact that he is one of few people to stand up to Darth Vader made him a favourite among early fans of the franchise.
His appearance in many key parts of the story means he’s likely to show up in Obi-Wan Kenobi too, which is why he currently has odds of +250.
Cal Kestis (+250)
With the same odds as Boba Fett is Cal Kestis, a force-sensing human who eventually became a Jedi Knight.
Unlike the other characters on this list, Kestis’ only appearance in the Star Wars saga is in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, a video game first released in November 2019. He is the main protagonist who finds himself being hunted by the Second and Ninth Sisters of the Imperial Inquisitors.
Kestis is one of just a few Jedis left after the Great Jedi Purge, during which he escaped to the planet Bracca to lay low and work. However, he was soon discovered, and the game centres around his attempts to evade the Inquisitors sent to cut him down.
As one of few Jedis left, Cal Kestis is a good candidate for appearing in Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Commander Cody (+250)
Last up on our list is Clone Commander Cody who is the third in a three-way odds tie for a series appearance. Known officially by his less memorable name of CC-2224, Cody is a clone marshal commander who worked alongside Obi-Wan Kenobi throughout the Clone Wars.
He was incredibly loyal to the Jedi General… until he was secretly re-programmed to turn against him.
Regardless, his close connections to Obi-Wan Kenobi throughout LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game make him an ideal candidate for appearing in the new series when it airs on Disney+.
The new Obi-Wan Kenobi series is just days away from dropping and we’re excited to see what new tales it brings to the Star Wars universe. If you think you know all there is to know about the franchise, then now is the perfect time to test your knowledge by predicting which characters will feature in Obi-Wan Kenobi with betting at Bodog.