A look into the terrifying villain in the new Obi-Wan Kenobi series 3 months ago

A look into the terrifying villain in the new Obi-Wan Kenobi series

It took us quite a few looks to recognise the actor playing him...

In case you missed it last night, Disney and Star Wars put a dent into the internet with the sudden arrival of the first proper trailer for their brand new limited edition series, Obi-Wan Kenobi.

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If it did somehow pass you by last night, then you can check it out right here:

Despite being barely 100 seconds long, and so much of that taken up with titles and text, there is still A LOT to take out of that first teaser trailer.

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A return to Tatooine, Middle-aged Obi-Wan keeping an eye (at a distance) on a young Luke Skywalker. Joel Edgerton returning as Uncle Owen after his brief appearances in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. We even get to hear John Williams' epic 'Duel of the Fates' music, famously used during the climactic fight between Obi-Wan and Anakin Skywalker in Revenge of the Sith.

Speaking of which, it has already been confirmed that Hayden Christensen will be returning as Darth Vader, but there is no sign of him throughout this teaser.

Instead, we get a look at two other prominent villains. The first of which is Inquisitor Reva (Moses Ingram, pictured below), a Force-sensitive henchman who seeks out Jedi-in-hiding for the Empire.

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And the second is The Grand Inquisitor, who is one of the fiercest villains ever to be introduced into the Star Wars Universe.

He first appeared in the animated show Star Wars Rebels (where he voiced by Harry Potter star Jason Isaacs) and is the highest-ranking Inquisitor within the Galactic Empire.

In the show, he is played by Rupert Friend (Homeland, The Death of Stalin), and he will report directly to Darth Vader, which is likely where Christensen will eventually get folded back into the show.

The events of Obi-Wan Kenobi are set ten years after Revenge of the Sith and four years before Star Wars Rebels, filling in some interesting blanks in these character's backstories.

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Specifically, it looks like Darth Vader, The Grand Inquisitor and Inquisitor Reva will be continuing the work of Order 66 - which was instigated in Revenge of the Sith when all "children of the Force" were ordered to be hunted down and killed - after the Emperor predicted that one of the children would ultimately result in his defeat.

Which explains why we're seeing Obi-Wan still keeping a close eye on a certain young Luke....

The first episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi will arrive on Disney+ on Wednesday, 25 May.

Now, if you'll excuse us, we're going to be listening to this on a loop all day...

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Clip via John Williams