Obi-Wan Kenobi might have been tasked with watching over Luke Skywalker, however that does not imply he is not as necessary to Luke’s twin sister Leia Organa.
The Jedi Master returns in his personal Disney+ restricted sequence, which is about ten years after the occasions of Revenge of the Sith and finds Obi-Wan dwelling in solitude on Tatooine, the place audiences had been first launched to him in A New Hope.
Obi-Wan’s focus could also be on Luke at first, however a sudden incident forces him to alter course and as an alternative assist Princess Leia, with the character being portrayed by a brand new actor.
Who Is Playing Young Leia Organa?
Princess Leia was after all made iconic by the late Carrie Fisher, who portrayed the character from 1977 till her dying in 2016.
Fisher additionally made a posthumous look as Leia in The Rise of Skywalker by means of unused footage from The Force Awakens.
Star Wars is thought for selecting to not recast authentic characters, even going as far as to make use of CGI know-how to recreate Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker in each The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett.
In truth, this additionally occurred with Fisher whose likeness was utilized in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story when Princess Leia made a quick look on the finish of the spin-off, and in a flashback scene in The Rise of Skywalker the place Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd stood in for her mom.
But in Obi-Wan Kenobi this isn’t the case as a result of director Deborah Chow and the artistic group have chosen to forged a brand new actor within the position: Vivien Lyra Blair.
At 9 years outdated, Blair already has a powerful filmography behind her and she or he first got here to prominence as Girl in Netflix‘s hit film Bird Box.
This can be not the primary time Blair has portrayed a youthful model of a key character onscreen, as she performed a younger Eleanor Roosevelt in HBO‘s First Lady.
Despite Blair taking over some of the necessary roles within the franchise the actor shouldn’t be listed on the present’s IMDb web page, probably as a result of Lucasfilm didn’t need to reveal how necessary the character can be to the story.
The first episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi solely featured a quick glimpse at Luke (performed by Grant Feely), and as an alternative noticed the Jedi Master make the troublesome choice to go away Tatooine on the request of Bail Organa (Jimmy Smits, who’s reprising his position from the prequel trilogy).
Bail involves Obi-Wan for assist when Leia is kidnapped by bandits, one among whom is performed by Red Hot Chilli Peppers’ bassist Flea.
At the tip of the episode it’s revealed Leia’s abduction is a scheme by Reva to seize the Jedi Master, as a result of by taking the woman they are going to pressure him to return out of hiding.
Fisher’s household haven’t but commented on Blair’s casting as Leia, however they’ve beforehand shared their help for Fisher being included in The Rise of Skywalker.
In an announcement shared with USA Today in 2018, Fisher’s brother Todd stated: “I couldn’t be more personally thrilled and happy that our Carrie will reprise her role as Princess Leia.
“As we, her household, in addition to her prolonged household of followers world wide so imagine, Carrie’s Princess Leia is ceaselessly entrenched within the franchise and her indelible presence is key to the movie.
“J.J. Abrams understood Carrie’s iconic role, and he has masterfully re-crafted this final entry to include this unused and very last footage of Carrie ever taken, without resorting to CGI or animatronics.
“Our household and her followers will look ahead with nice anticipation for this one! Her pressure will ceaselessly be with us!”
The first two episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi can be found now, and the present will proceed to air Fridays on Disney+.