RUMOR: Obi-Wan Kenobi Brings Back Another Major Star Wars Prequel Trilogy Star
An important character from the prequels may be joining the cast of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
According to MakingStarWars.net, actor Jimmy Smits was seen on the set of Kenobi filming with headliner Ewan MacGregor. This has led to speculation that Smits will be reprising his role as Senator Bail Organa, which he previously played in Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith and Rogue One. On top of being one of the most prominent political leaders on Alderaan, Senator Organa is also the adoptive father of Princess Leia and a founding member of the Rebel Alliance. Moreover, he's one of the few people in the era of the Empire to know that Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala's children survived, as well as the locations of some of the last living Jedi.
It's also rumored that the senator's wife, Breha Organa, will be a part of Kenobi, though it's unknown if Rebecca Jackson Mendoza will reprise her role from Revenge of the Sith. If this proves true, Smits and Mendoza would join the already cast Joel Edgerton and Bonnie Piesse as Owen and Beru Lars, the aunt and uncle of Luke Skywalker, also reprising their roles from the prequels.
Of course, Kenobi's most surprising reprisal will be Hayden Christensen returning as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader. Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy recently spoke about seeing McGregor and Christensen reunited, saying, "The thing that was most exciting was being on the set and watching the two of them get excited. They hadn’t seen one another in a long time. I was surprised at just how incredibly emotional it was for each of them to find themselves back in these roles, and just realising how important Star Wars was to each of them. It was the beginning of their careers."
New cast members for Kenobi include Rupert Friend and Sung Kang, who are rumored to be playing the Grand Inquisitor and the Fifth Brother respectively, both members of the Jedi-hunting Inquisitorius from Star Wars Rebels. It's also believed that another Rebels villain, the Seventh Sister, will be part of Kenobi, though no actor is attached to the role at this time. Additionally, Kumail Nanjiani will be part of the cast as "a new version of a type of Star Warscharacter we've seen before."
Obi-Wan Kenobi premieres May 25 on Disney+.