Deborah Chow on Vader and Inquisitors

Three Inquistors look at a map.

The world is about to fulfill Inquisitors on Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi,
Picture, Lucasfilm

Ask about seeing Hayden Christensen within the Darth Vader swimsuit on Disney+’s Obi-Wan Kenobi and Deborah Chow cannot reply, “Sadly I am unable to speak about [that] at this level,” she stated. “I want I might, however, you recognize, we would get into spoilers with that.” However Chow, the showrunner and director of the upcoming Star Wars present, can speak about different faces of the Darkish Facet. Like the choice to carry Christensen again within the first place, introducing Inquisitors into Star Wars live-action, and ensuring all that and more healthy into the bigger canon.

io9 spoke with Chow over video chat final week to advertise the extremely anticipated present. We talked about a few of Obi-Wan’s motivations on the Gentle Facet of the Pressure (which you’ll learn at this hyperlink), but additionally the Darkish Facet. Like, for instance, why it was necessary to have Christensen reprise his position as Darth Vader when a big a part of the portrayal is only a stunt individual within the swimsuit.

chow standing in the razor crest with mando.

Chow directing The Mandalorian, season one. She then went onto Obi-Wan.
Picture, Lucasfilm

“We’re so related to the prequels and clearly, as a result of we’ve got Ewan [McGregor] and a lot of it’s related to Revenge of the Sith and the ending, it felt very pure and it felt proper to carry again Hayden for this position,” Chow stated. “So I believe the largest significance between these two, it is the emotional relationship and all the problems that they’ve which are happening at this level.”

And so they do have some points. When final Obi-Wan Kenobi noticed his former apprentice, Anakin Skywalker, he’d develop into the Sith Lord Darth Vader. Obi-Wan received an epic combat on Mustafar and left his pal for lifeless. Solely, he did not die. Emperor Palpatine saved Vader and gave him a brand new swimsuit—the one followers first noticed again in 1977.

Meaning Obi-Wan Kenobi has its roots not simply within the prequel trilogy, but additionally the unique trilogy and the animated reveals too. On Obi-Wan Kenobi, Vader sends a bunch of Jedi hunters known as Inquisitors to search out his former grasp. Inquisitors had been launched on Star Wars Rebels and now, for the primary time, we’ll see Vader’s henchpeople in live-action.

“We’re attempting to inform the story a couple of Jedi in hiding. They’re Jedi hunters. So it was sort of very pure to place these two issues collectively,” Chow stated. “And it is also actually thrilling to get to carry, particularly, a few of Dave [Filoni]’s characters from Rebels into stay motion for the primary time. And we had been additionally very enthusiastic about some new characters like Reva [Moses Ingram] simply because I believe, given how a lot legacy we’ve got on this present, it felt like we actually wanted to make it possible for we additionally had some stuff that was new [and] unknown.”

Reva on a rooftop

Reva is a brand new Inquisitor launched in Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Picture, Lucasfilm

Telling a narrative that has slivers and ramifications all throughout the Star Wars canon meant Chow needed to be very cautious and collaborative to verify all of it slot in. “One of the crucial difficult features of this present is that we’re with these very iconic characters in between trilogies. There’s a lot that we have to respect and make it possible for we do not break with the canon,” she stated. “And there is a large quantity of assist. One of many co-production designers is Doug Chiang, who truly was a designer on the prequels. So it is extremely useful to have him as kind of a guiding hand on design. After which additionally simply the Lucasfilm sources of individuals like [Lucasfilm Story Group member] Pablo Hidalgo and all of the folks there to assist. So, we had been very a lot related to make it possible for we had been respecting every little thing.”

And whereas Chow had plenty of assist and assist to verify Obi-Wan Kenobi was a rigorously crafted a part of the Star Wars canon, she additionally loved the liberty to make the present her personal, distinctive imaginative and prescient.

Obi wan riding on tatooine.

Obi-Wan, simply driving.
Picture, Lucasfilm

“It was actually attention-grabbing to do that after The Mandalorian as a result of it was very completely different,” Chow stated. “Clearly, it comes with all of the legacy and the duty, which is trickier than The Mandalorian, What I actually beloved, actually, was getting the power to do the entire thing and really take it from starting to finish and actually attempt to articulate a imaginative and prescient over a restricted sequence.”

She beloved not less than another factor loads too. “It was sort of fantastic was to have an actor with a face,” Chow laughed. “Clearly The Mandalorian has its personal challenges and [is] actually attention-grabbing unto itself. Nevertheless it was like, ‘Oh, my God, there’s eyes.’” And, in grand Star Wars trend, Chow teases that we’ll get to see extra eyes than simply those we’re anticipating. “I do not suppose it will be Star Wars with out some surprises and a few cameos,” she stated. “So there are undoubtedly some to return.”

Obi-Wan Kenobi arrives Friday on Disney+.


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