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The internet is a perilous place, and if you don’t stop and check context from time to time, you may end up freaking yourself out for no reason.
That’s what happened yesterday when a whispered rumor started spreading that Disney Plus’s upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi limited series, starring Ewan McGregor and run by Mandalorian director Deborah Chow had been shelved with McGregor leaving citing “creative differences” with the project.
Sounds dire. And may not sound impossible, given the somewhat tumultuous state of Star Wars these days.
It’s also completely false, so far as we know. The Wrap went and double checked and got McGregor’s reps to say that this was “totally inaccurate” and the show was continuing on as planned in line with what’s been previously announced.
How did this happen? Some sleuthing traced the source of the rumor to a Twitter account called @DicsussingFilm, a purposeful misspelling of @DiscussingFilm, an actual film account with 50,000 followers while the fake one, despite sharing a logo, has 300.
The fake account has headlines with pictures and no source links that range from absurd:
“Rob Schneider is set to replace Jeffery Wright as Commissioner Gordon in ‘THE BATMAN’.”
To the somewhat believable:
A ‘GRAND THEFT AUTO’ movie is reportedly in early development at Warner Bros.
To the actually kind of funny:
J.J. Abrams is set to write and direct a remake of ‘STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI’.
The Obi-Wan news fell on the spectrum of possibly believable enough to be real, even though the account itself lists that it’s a parody in its bio. But that’s social media for you, it just spreads and spreads and spreads.
At least on the surface, there’s no reason to think that there should be an issues with the Obi-Wan series. McGregor has spoken openly about potentially returning to the role for years, and Chow has done absolutely fantastic work on The Mandalorian, directing two of its best episodes as the first woman to ever direct live-action Star Wars. It should be a hit.
Obi-Wan joins The Mandalorian, Clone Wars and the upcoming Cassian Andor series as the main Disney Plus Star Wars offerings, with likely many, many more to follow. One recent rumor that does seem to be official is Disney courting director/bounty droid Taika Waititi to helm his own Star Wars film. If you want to believe @DicsussingFilm for that one, he’s directing a Babu Frik spin-off.
So yes, the Obi-Wan show is fine, don’t freak out. And be careful of internet rumors that start with sources that are quite literally labeled as parody.