Ever since the mid-season trailer for Star Wars Rebels was released, fans have been awaiting the series debut of Obi-Wan Kenobi, a character that has been teased since the beginning of Season 3.
Star Wars Rebels executive producer Dave Filoni recently sat down with ComicBook.com to discuss the famed Jedi's upcoming premiere. During the interview, he revealed that they actually had to be careful bringing the character into the show.
“Certainly these characters aren’t foreign to me having worked here so long. So, I’m pretty confident when going into them what they’re about, but you do tread carefully because you can’t do it just because you’re trying to add something [to the guest star’s past]. I’ve always said, it’s the same thing with Ahsoka. It has to be valuable to Ezra. This experience, whatever it is, whatever form it takes, has to be valuable to the characters that are the center of Star Wars Rebels.”
Filoni adds that restraint was also needed as Obi-Wan's appearance on the show had to feel appropriate and serve the purpose of the story.
“There are a lot of things that I could do in Star Wars, and I try to do things that work with the story group to be true to the characters and where they need to go. It’s surprising sometimes where they go. I would say it’s surprising at the end of the day, and I don’t want to give anything away, if we wind up in the presence of an old wizard, that would be a surprising thing to pull off. It’s not the most surprising thing to attempt to include Obi-Wan, and we’ve been, I think, pretty good. The way we included him in the pilot of Rebels, I really liked because it was a way to have him without really interfering, and it spoke to a moment in time for the characters. So, obviously I’ve been very fortunate over the years when we do do these Legacy characters. James Arnold Taylor was playing him in Clone Wars brilliantly and did a fantastic job, and then brought that back in Rebels when he’s playing the Clone Wars era Obi-Wan. I have Stephen Stanton now, who’s portraying this particular, if that’s Obi-Wan (laughs), whoever it is.”
Star Wars Rebels airs Saturdays at 8:30pm on Disney XD.
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