It’s an exciting time to be a Star Wars fan!
We are currently in the midst of The Book of Boba Fett and, for the most part, we’re having a good time with it. However, there is plenty more to come from the galaxy far, far away in 2022, not least The Bad Batch, The Mandalorian (probably), Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Andor.
Regarding the latter pair, we’ve uncovered some very exciting tidbits of information regarding them. We have heard some VERY intriguing information regarding both shows from a source very close to the projects. Whilst we’re not talking plot points or spoilers, the information starts to paint some majorly exciting directions and tones for Obi-Wan Kenobi and Andor.
“The Volume plays no part in Andor”
Back in April 2020, we dropped the exclusive news that Andor was filming at the abandoned Coryton Refinery in Essex and also covered the location filming at West Hanningfield, Essex via Star Wars insider Bespin Bulletin‘s report. We have heard once again that the show was filmed on set at varying locations and that StageCraft technology (the Volume) has not been used.
We can also reveal the tone and feel of the show.
Our source has told us that Andor is “VERY dark” (they put emphasis on ‘very’) and went on to describe it as “the Bourne of Star Wars” (referring, of course, to the Jason Bourne series of films of which Andor showrunner Tony Gilroy was integral in the creation of). Given Andor’s placement within the Star Wars timeline, this pretty much seems like a perfect fit. A nascent Rebellion attempting to rise up and form itself in a galaxy caught in the vice grip of Palpatine’s Empire doesn’t immediately sound like it would be bristling with levity. Adventure, yes. The need to get dirty and do terrible things in the name of the Rebellion, yes. Kathleen Kennedy described Andor as a “spy thriller” during Disney’s Investor Day event in December 2020 and now we know that the show will be gritty, dark, and aimed at a more mature audience than previous shows.
Obi Wan Kenobi has the high ground…
Regarding Obi-Wan Kenobi, what we have been told regarding the tone and the show overall is enough to make even Watto invigorated. It’s no secret that fans are clamouring for Obi-Wan Kenobi and when we asked listeners to tell us their most anticipated 2022 Star Wars project for our recent episode Star Wars in 2022, guess which one was far and away the most popular choice?
This show will “SHOCK”
It isn’t just fans who are hyped for the show, our source has told us that the studio is “raving about Kenobi” (whereas the chatter around The Book of Boba Fett has been muted in comparison). They are going as far as to say that Obi-Wan Kenobi is “being billed as the biggest Star Wars event of the past few years and the next few years also”.
As if that wasn’t reason enough to start getting carried away as Star Wars fans do so well, our source went on to tell us that the Kenobi show “is going to shock” everyone, that “this is a very new story/world for Obi Wan” and that “people aren’t prepared for how different this show is going to be. All generations of fans will be catered for…this is truly transitional Star Wars”.
Ewan McGregor returning as Obi-Wan and Hayden Christensen back as Darth Vader was enough to get our blood pumping, but hearing the show described in such a way that we have heard just adds extra layers of excitement to some already elevated expectations.
No official confirmation has been released regarding release dates for either show, though Bespin Bulletin has previously reported on his show BOB the Podcast that Obi-Wan Kenobi is rumoured to be released in May 2022 and exclusively revealed that Andor is aiming to premiere in either August-September 2022.
2022 already promised to be an exhilarating year for Star Wars fans, and, now having been given the above details, our excitement levels have jumped to lightspeed.