Drowning in the traumatic sorrows of yesterday, the once brash Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi becomes complacent, allowing a phantom from the past to threaten his true mission—protecting the key to galactic salvation.

ON THE DESOLATE WORLD OF TATOOINE, FORMER JEDI MASTER OBI-WAN KENOBI SPENDS HIS YEARS WATCHING AFTER HIS CHARGE, THE YOUNG LUKE SKYWALKER.

BROKEN DOWN AND HAUNTED BY HIS FAILURE AS A JEDI KNIGHT AND HIS FAILINGS AS A MASTER TO HIS FORMER STUDENT AND FRIEND, ANAKIN SKYWALKER, OBI-WAN HAS BECOME DISTRACTED AND COMPLACENT TO HIS MISSION AND RESPONSIBILITIES.

AFTER HELPING THE MILITIA OF ANCHORHEAD PROTECT THE CITY FROM A NIGHT RAID BY TUSKEN RAIDERS, OBI-WAN RECKLESSLY REVEALS HIMSELF AS A JEDI KNIGHT DURING THE STRUGGLE. ALTHOUGH ONCE A BEACON OF HOPE AND JUSTICE, THE JEDI ARE NO LONGER SEEN AS THE HEROES THEY ONCE WERE. IMPERIAL PROPAGANDA HAS SPENT YEARS CHARACTERIZING THE JEDI AS A DANGEROUS CULT THAT TRIED TO DESTROY THE GOVERNMENT AND ASSASSINATE THE EMPEROR OF THE GALACTIC EMPIRE.

NOW FEARED BY THE PUBLIC, SIGHTING OF A JEDI IS REPORTED TO AN IMPERIAL MILITARY GROUP THAT SPECIALIZES IN HUNTING DOWN THE REMAINING ELEMENTS OF THE TRAITOROUS JEDI ORDER, THE FEARED 501ST LEGION – VADER’S FIST…

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Kenobi: A Star Wars Story
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Pitch Bible

Kenobi Concept Book
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Writer’s Bible

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Written By Paul Pratt

Based On Star Wars Created by George Lucas

Logo & Poster Image Created by Paul Pratt
Obi-Wan Mythos Figure Images from Sideshow Toys
Inquisitor Galen Marek (AKA Starkiller) Images Created by N7Tali

Star Wars is ™ and © of Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Writer’s Statement

When Disney announced they were making a slew of Star Wars-themed character movies, I was instantly drawn to the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi. I really wanted to see what happened in the years following up to A New Hope. I immediately focused on who Obi-Wan had become after the war. Seeing the Republic crumble in light of the Jedi’s failure, the trauma suffered during the war, and the loss of his friend and former Padawan Anakin Skywalker would be a source of constant pain for Obi-Wan. I wanted him to have some significant PTSD.

After establishing all the character’s arcs, I set out to watch Star Wars to bridge Revenge of the Sith to A New Hope. The breakfast scene, in particular, between Owen, Beru, and Luke, who are talking about Luke leaving the farm for the academy, is excellent. There are so many subtle cues in that conversation when they talk about “Old Ben,” so much world-building that I surmised virtually the entire backstory. I even read some Lucas interviews from the late 70s and early 80s. I created a comprehensive list of dos and don’ts for myself.

The movie has a lot of layers and callbacks to A New Hope, and I spent a lot of time trying to make those things as subtle and natural as possible without drawing attention to them. I also wanted to integrate Luke into the plot, but you can only go so far. But, there were two paramount rules above all: 1.) Obi-Wan cannot leave the planet. 2.) Darth Vader and Obi-Wan cannot, under any circumstances, meet face to face.