Who’s Who in Disney+’s Obi-Wan Kenobi?

Star Wars canon is nothing but its own galaxy’s worth of characters, stories, and other information. Obi-Wan Kenobi, which premieres May 27 on Disney+, brings back the fan favorite of the same name, but that doesn’t mean viewers can rewatch the prequels and cancel it a day before venturing into this series (many would probably prefer not to).

The Obi-Wan Kenobi character has ties to the original Star Wars trilogy and prequels, as well as events and characters from the Clone Wars and Rebels animated series, both available on Disney+. But if you don’t have time to watch 11 seasons before Obi-Wan Kenobi – *checks notes* – fear not. Here’s a quick look at all of the characters that have been confirmed for the series, as well as a handful that we may see from the wider Star Wars universe.

1. Obi Wan Kenobi

closeup of a man with sandy hair and beard; Ewan McGregor as "Obi Wan Kenobi."

“Obi Wan Kenobi”

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It’s just the title role, created by Alec Guinness in the original Star Wars in 1977 and reprized in live action since 1999 in Ewan McGregor’s The Phantom Menace. McGregor returns as the Jedi Master who trained the most powerful Padawan yet seen: Anakin Skywalker. Anakin and his master conducted dozens of missions on behalf of the Jedi Council and a crumbling republic, cementing their bond as students and teachers, friends and brothers.

When Order 66 ordered clone troopers to massacre all living Jedi, Obi-Wan escaped and hid on Tatooine, just close enough to monitor Anakin’s son, Luke. When a bunch of droids run into Luke in “A New Hope,” he hires “old Ben Kenobi” and embarks on the adventure of a lifetime, a journey that ends for Obi-Wan in falling at the hands of Darth Vader dies. He lives on in our hearts and as a spirit of power.

Obi-Wan Kenobi takes place 10 years after the events of Revenge of the Sith. While McGregor may not fully embody old Ben, his Obi-Wan has been living off the grid for years as he grapples with the horrific events of the Jedi Purge and Anakin’s turn to the dark side.

2. Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader

Obi-Wan’s most precocious Padawan and greatest failure now rises to sinister power as the legendary Sith Lord Darth Vader. 10 years into the Empire’s reign, there’s more Anakin in it than when we caught up with him in A New Hope, but his final interaction with Obi-Wan was sub-par, to say the least.

Vader is focused on expanding his power and the power of the Empire, but Disney wouldn’t have cast Hayden Christensen in that role again if we didn’t get some flashbacks from the prequel era. This is a chance for many Clone Wars TV scenes to come to the big screen in live action, or for newly connected scenes featuring this dynamic and doomed duo.

3. The Grand Inquisitor

This former Jedi Temple Guardian, played by Rupert Friend, is now neither a Guardian nor a Jedi friend. He leads a group called the Inquisitorius tasked with hunting down Jedi using the dark side of the Force and double-edged lightsabers. His character appears in Star Wars: Rebels, which is set after Obi-Wan Kenobi, and he’s somehow even scarier as a cartoon.

4. Brothers and sisters

Individually, the Grand Inquisitor’s hunters go by an order of precedence followed by a sibling title: Second Brother, Fifth Sister, and so on. The Inquisitorius have appeared in all Star Wars text and in the animated series Rebels, and Obi-Wan Kenobi will have at least the third sister, Reva (Moses Ingram), fifth brother (Sung Kang), and fourth sister (Rya Kilstedt).

5. Owen and Beru Lars

Luke Skywalker’s aunt and uncle are just humble moisture builders, and Owen (Joel Edgerton) appears in the Obi-Wan Kenobi trailer urging McGregor’s Jedi to stay away from young Luke and his family. We know for sure that Owen and Beru (Bonnie Piesse) will survive the events of Obi-Wan Kenobi because they are very much alive and well when A New Hope begins. Whether or not they are traumatized by the Grand Inquisitor’s hunt for Master Kenobi… remains to be seen.

6. Ahsoka Tano

An orange-skinned female with white markings, blue and white striped headtails, and two white lightsabers; Still image of Ahsoka Tano in "The Mandalorian."

“The Mandalorian”

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Anakin’s Clone Wars Padawan made her live-action debut in The Mandalorian Season 2 and has her own series in the works with Rosario Dawson — but that doesn’t mean we won’t be hearing from her. Ahsoka left the Jedi Order (after initially being ousted for a crime she didn’t commit) before the Sith had everyone executed, and quickly went into hiding, just like Obi-Wan. Between all of that and all the time they worked side by side during the Clone Wars, she seems like a top candidate for Obi-Wan since he’s living in exile during the takeover of the Empire.

A 2016 novel covers Ahsoka’s whereabouts between the events of “Clone Wars” and “Rebels” – right when “Obi-Wan Kenobi” is set – but there’s plenty of room to fit in additional stories. Her encounter with Darth Vader in Star Wars: Rebels is also a pivotal moment for both characters, and it would be just as emotionally compelling for the former Master and Padawan to meet in live action.

7. Clone soldiers

“Attack of the Clones” actor Temuera Morrison has already returned to Star Wars as the face of the clone soldiers, including animation. He returned to live action by taking on Boba Fett in The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett, but remember his face is shared by many others in the galaxy (because clones). Celebrity Clone Wars characters who have worked with Obi-Wan include Rex, Cody, and more — though thanks to Order 66, they’re all programmed to shoot him on the spot. As nice as it would be to see more Morrison in Star Wars, it might not be the best thing that could happen to Master Kenobi…

8. The prequel team

A collection of actors in a promotional image for "Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith": Natalie Portman as Padme Amidala, Samuel L. Jackson as Mace Windu, Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker, Jimmy Smits as Bail Organa, Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi, and R2-D2 and Chewbacca.

“Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith”

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“Given the nature of our characters, for us the strongest connective tissue is to the prequels,” director Deborah Chow told Entertainment Weekly. That’s compelling, but a lot of the main characters from the prequels are dead! Jimmy Smits’ Bail Organa is alive and well, as is Chewbacca (last played by Joonas Suotamo), bless his hairy little heart.

Ian McDiarmid’s seedy Sheev Palpatine is very much on the loose, but bringing him and Darth Vader in might be too much. Fans would drop a significant number of credits to see McGregor’s Kenobi once again take on Darth Maul aka Maul (last portrayed by Ray Park, voiced by Sam Witwer in “Solo”); The characters face each other in Clone Wars and Rebels, so could their paths cross again, neatly between those two time periods? “Kenobi” takes place right after “Solo,” meaning Maul is building his own criminal empire, but Obi-Wan has enough reasons to hunt down his old enemy…

9. Satin Kryze

There is absolutely no confirmation of this Mandalorian Duchess being mentioned or shown in Obi-Wan Kenobi, but she does play an important role in Obi-Wan’s life. The two first met long before the events of The Phantom Menace, when Obi-Wan and his master Qui-Gon Jinn were sent to protect them during the Mandalorian Civil War. During their year on the run, the two fell in love, but neither said nor did anything about it and they parted as friends.

The Clone Wars brought them back together, where they continue an insanely platonic relationship, though Satine declares her love because these two people are obsessed with duty. As the situation on Mandalore escalated, Maul held Satine hostage to get revenge on Obi-Wan, eventually killing her with the Darksaber from The Mandalorian. Satine died in Obi-Wan’s arms, confessing her love for her one last time. Imagine if you ever get over it!

10. Droid friends and foes

The mysterious droid shooting at Obi-Wan in the trailer was mistaken for the bounty hunter 4-LOM from Empire Strike Back, but Chow recently revealed it’s a new droid called 1-JAC. As such, the make, model and purpose of 1-JAC is unknown, but suffice it to say this will not be a cuddly BB-8 droid. However, at least two other droids appear in the trailer and one of them appears to be helping Obi-Wan, so maybe fans to do come out of it with a new robot friend.

11. Favorites from Marvel and Game of Thrones

Marvel’s Eternals star Kumail Nanjiani is adding another blockbuster franchise to his belt by joining Obi-Wan Kenobi, but we don’t even know his character’s name at this point.

‘We did just that in ‘War of stars’ not yet,” Nanjiani told Rolling Stone in 2021. ‘This is like a new version of some sort’War of stars’ Character we’ve seen before.” Helpful!

Little is known about who Game of Thrones graduate Indira Varma will play. She appears in the trailer wearing Imperial uniform, but may not be fully involved with the Empire’s mission. Fans have speculated that both actors will play members of the Partisans, an early rebel group associated with “Rogue One” character Saw Guerrera (Forest Whitaker).

12. The “Rebels” crew

Obi-Wan Kenobi is set 10 years after Revenge of the Sith, which means it predates the events of Star Wars: Rebels by less than a decade. Rebels hero Ezra is still a youngster at this point, but his pals, including Mandalorian Sabine Wren, Twi’lek Hera Syndulla, and Jedi Knight Kanan Jarrus, are very much alive. Introducing one of them would be the “Obi-Wan Kenobi” equivalent of Ahsoka Tano in The Mandalorian. Using Obi-Wan’s fandom to build hype for the upcoming Ahsoka series is just smart branding – something Disney is already doing pretty well.

Obi-Wan Kenobi launches May 27 on Disney+.

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Chris Estrada

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