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John Williams returns to Star Wars for Obi-Wan Kenobi

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John Williams is returning to a galaxy far, far away for the Disney+ Obi-Wan Kenobi series.

Simply called “Obi-Wan Kenobi”, the series stars Ewan McGregor, reprising his role as the iconic Jedi Master. It begins 10 years after the dramatic events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, where Obi-Wan Kenobi faced his greatest defeat — the downfall and corruption of his best friend and Jedi apprentice, Anakin Skywalker, who turned to the dark side as evil Sith Lord Darth Vader.

The series also marks the return of Hayden Christensen in the role of Darth Vader. Joining them will be Joel Edgerton, reprising his role from the prequels as Owen Laws, and Bonnie Piesse, reprising her role as Aunt Beru, as well as Moses Ingram, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr, Sung Kang, Simone Kessell and Benny Safdie.

Directed by Deborah Chow, who helmed two episodes of The Mandalorian, the series will also see another familiar face behind the scenes: composer John Williams, who has penned the theme for the series, which Variety reports has now been recorded. Williams last composed for weekly TV back in 1985, for Amazing Stories, but will soon be composing the music for Steven Spielberg’s feature film The Fabermans.

Williams’ original Kenobi theme went on to become the signature tune for the Force in the original Star Wars trilogy, and he then returned for the prequels, which saw McGregor step into the role. Whether he’s built on either of those for Kenobi’s new theme, we’ll have to wait and see. The good news is that it won’t be much longer until we find out: the series will premiere on Disney+ on 25th May 2022.

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