Why Obi-Wan showing up in the Andor series would make perfect sense

Diego Luna (Photo by Medios y Media/Getty Images)
Diego Luna (Photo by Medios y Media/Getty Images) /

After the massive success of The Mandalorian, Disney+ is expanding its slate of Star Wars original television series faster than light speed. Both Andor and Obi-Wan Kenobi are filming this year with tentative 2022 releases, the former set to follow Rogue One’s rebel spy, Cassian Andor (Diego Luna).

A new report from The Illuminerdi claims that Ewan McGregor, set to don his Jedi robes once again in Kenobi, may also have a recurring role in Andor. Little is known about either series at this point or the exact timeline they follow in the Star Wars canon, but we can make some educated guesses based on some very nerdy investigative journalism.

Rogue One took place right before the events of A New Hope, following the story of how the Rebels, including Cassian Andor, stole the Death Star plans. If you’ve seen Rogue One, you know that Andor has to be a prequel to Rogue One, as discussed in the sizzle reel below.

The main question is just how far ahead of Rogue One it takes place.

During the initial confirmation of the Obi-Wan series, Disney confirmed that the show will take place eight years after Revenge of the Sith, with Luke roughly the same age Anakin was when he first met his future master.

In the official Star Wars canon timeline, the Obi-Wan series would fall 11 years before the events of Rogue One (and squarely in the Solo era interestingly enough). With a full decade before Rogue OneAndor has plenty of overlapping canon and room to play with if Obi-Wan is indeed going to show up.

Little is known in the official canon about Obi-Wan’s exile on Tattooine between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. There’s no reason to believe he wouldn’t trying to undo the damage of the Jedi and work against his former Padawan, giving him plenty of opportunity to meet the Rebels and Cassian.

At this point, there’s no reason to believe Obi-Wan won’t appear in Andor. Disney’s expansion of the canon has shifted toward television with The Mandalorian‘s translation of beloved The Clone Wars characters into live action and reincarnation of Star Wars cinematic icons.

While some may find it cheesy, it allows for the world to feel that much more alive and real. Star Wars has always been a huge, expansive universe.

With a temporary pause on the films, creating massive narratives across television series is a great way to hook new and old fans alike. All you have to do is look at Star Wars‘ next door neighbor, Marvel, to see the proof is in the pudding.

And if nothing else, Andor is going to be a show full of Jedi and rebel dreamboats. Between Luna and McGregor, Star Wars fans should buckle up for 2022.

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What do you think about the potential of a Obi-Wan and Andor crossover? Tell us in the comments below!