The construction of a giant set for the Disney+ Star Wars series in the small village of Marlow in England has angered residents used to a quiet life.
A large set designed to look like an alien city has been constructed for the Disney+ Star Wars series Obi-Wan Kenobi. The show will take place between the prequels and the original trilogy, exactly 10 years after Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. Ewan McGregor returns as the titular character alongside Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker. Rumor has it Obi-Wan Kenobi is also casting child actors to play Luke and Leia, and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy says it will depict the “rematch of the century” between Obi-Wan and Darth Vader.
The limited series will only be six episodes long. Its comfortable place in the timeline sets the show up to add more episodes in the future without a headache, but for now, a sensibly short and sweet story suits their purposes. With the pandemic affecting large-scale productions the world over, a limited series seems the right way to go. There have been varying reports to when Obi-Wan Kenobi will start filming, with it last being reported that filming starts this month.
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Now, set photos published by the British newspaper The Sun show an impressive and massive set constructed on an abandoned quarry. But disgruntled residents of the nearby village of Little Marlow, Buckinghamshire have taken issue with the ecological impact, light pollution, and increase in traffic. The set features numerous buildings of all shapes and sizes as well as sizable tents to shelter cast and crew.
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It’s unclear where the set is supposed to be in the Star Wars universe. Though the series would logically start on Tatooine, there’s no reason why the Obi-Wan would need to stay on the sparsely populated planet the whole time. The set is certainly impressive, still under construction with heavy machinery dotting the alien cityscape. It also shows the sheer amount of money Disney is investing in the Star Wars franchise across films and television.
If the success of The Mandalorian is any indication, Obi-Wan Kenobi will likely be another slam dunk for the House of Mouse and the Star Wars brand. McGregor was initially surprised to learn that the reviled prequels have fans at all, but as he steps back into his role as Obi-Wan, he has a golden chance to redeem them. Obi-Wan and Darth Vader engaging in a rematch over fifteen years after Revenge of the Sith released is reason enough to check out the series, and set photos like these will only make fans that much more excited. For the citizens of Little Marlow, however, there’s already a reason to dislike Obi-Wan Kenobi before it debuts on Disney+.
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Source: The Sun
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