Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader will face off once again in the Disney+ series “Obi-Wan Kenobi” — at least, that is the strong implication in a sneak peak of the Lucasfilm production released on the streamer on Nov. 12. While the preview did not include any footage from the series, concept art appears to show Obi-Wan (Ewan McGregor) and Vader (Hayden Christensen) locked in a lightsaber battle.
In the preview, McGregor further underlined the confrontation in an interview per Variety: “To have another swing at each other might be quite satisfying,” he said.
The moment resolves a lingering question in the Star Wars canon: After Obi-Wan’s tragic battle with Anakin Skywalker in “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith,” which forced Anakin to wear his iconic black armor and helmet as Darth Vader, did the former brothers-in-arms see each other again before their final battle in “Star Wars: A New Hope,” set 19 years later? And if so, how will Disney reconcile the now infamous line from the original Star Wars scene when Kenobi confronts Darth Vader as Luke, Leia, Han, Chewie and the droids are making their escape from the Death Star?
I’ve been waiting for you, Obi-Wan. We meet again, at last. The circle is now complete. When I left you I was but the learner. Now, I am the master.
Only a master of evil, Darth.
Will this confrontation still portray the Sith Lord as “but the learner”? If so, how? Or does Disney intend to ignore or retcon that line? Lucasfilm representatives could not be reached for comment. “Obi-Wan Kenobi” is set to premiere in 2022.