[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for Obi-Wan Kenobi Episode 3.]
The morning after the primary two episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi premiered on Disney+, author and government producer Joby Harold went to Disneyland along with his children. “We have been at Rise of the Resistance, doing the Star Wars Disney of all of it, and it was a very good distraction,” he tells Consequence by way of Zoom.
Six days later, after Episode 3 dropped, Harold as an alternative frolicked speaking to press in regards to the collection, the extremely anticipated new chapter of Star Wars that covers the time frame between Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. (Final Friday was most likely somewhat extra enjoyable for him.)
One may need assumed that the brand new collection would deal with one-time Jedi knight Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) dwelling out his days in exile on the planet Tatooine, keeping track of a 10-year-old boy named Luke Skywalker. However the scope of Obi-Wan shortly expands after Luke’s twin sister Leia (Vivien Lyra Blair) is kidnapped by bounty hunters — all a part of a plot to lure Obi-Wan out of hiding to ultimately confront his former apprentice, the terrifying Darth Vader (Hayden Christensen, voiced by the enduring James Earl Jones).
Within the interview beneath, transcribed and edited for readability, Harold reveals what it was like digging into the collection as a author, together with why the season was structured in order that Vader and Obi-Wan would confront one another for the primary time in 10 years on the mid-way level, what sorts of lore he’s been excited to introduce to Star Wars canon, and what components have been key to the present’s depiction of each a youthful Darth Vader and a very younger Leia.
What’s been your expertise engaged on a Star Wars TV present, compared to how different TV writers’ rooms operate?
It really wasn’t that dissimilar to the function house, within the sense that there was a type of a function mannequin right here too. There have been preexisting scripts and materials that different superb writers had labored on. So there was some stuff we inherited to construct off of, however then I used to be fortunate sufficient to have the ability to type of take the ball and run with it on my own for some time.
I simply type of received to write down all of the outlines and work on that and break the story and determine what it was going to be, after which begin doing the identical factor with the scripts and dealing very intently with Deb [Chow]. She, and I had a really type of shut working relationship — we have been very a lot in lockstep in regards to the character and about our ambitions for the present.
After which we have been fortunate sufficient to have some nice writers are available in and assist us get to the end line, supply an out of doors perspective and assist with the workload — Pam Friedman, who’s unbelievable, as is Andrew Stanton, who was invaluable. It was fairly a small contained little workforce and due to that, I feel environment friendly.
We shared a like thoughts and it was simply very a lot about making an attempt to seize the spirit of a personality who’s very beloved by lots of people, and simply be true to the viewers. We’re essentially all Star Wars followers and our biggest decide is ourselves. You need it to be the sort of present you’ll watch with your loved ones round you. You maintain it to that sort of customary.
Was this yr of Obi-Wan’s life all the time the precise yr that the present was concentrating on, or was there any ever any query of doing a special period?
I can’t converse to quite a lot of the event of the previous with regard to after they selected to do it. I can say that this was all the time the yr, as quickly as I began speaking about it. It was proper in the course of the hole [between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope] and it type of feels prefer it’s the place it needs to be.
It clearly speaks extra importantly to the age of Luke and Leia at the moment, and after they’re most fascinating as characters of their nascent type to watch or to get to know. It simply felt proper, and it wasn’t too far off Ewan’s precise age and the character’s age at the moment. When you’re going to inform the connective tissue between the prequels and the unique trilogy, why not hit it within the center, when everybody’s on the proper type of stage in that character’s evolution?