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Kenobi – A new Star Wars fan film – is an impressive work of art

A new Star Wars fan-made film explores the life of Obi-Wan “Ben” Kenobi as he watches over young Luke Skywalker. Kenobi has cut himself off from the Force so he could not be tracked by the Sith, but Luke’s uncle Owen Lars is still worried Kenobi’s presence itself will invite danger.

The film itself is about 14 minutes long (followed by a credit list nearly as long as the first Star Wars film) and set on Tatooine.

In a fun bit of casting James Arnold Taylor, a familiar name to fans of the old Star Wars Weekends events at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, where he was frequently the celebrity host, played Captain Leegus, an Imperial Officer. Taylor also lent his considerable voice-over talents to a few of the storm troopers as well.

The funds for this film were raised from fans. Lucasfilm allows Star Wars fans to make fan films, but they can’t sell them. So all the money to make it must be raised ahead of time.

We love how the whole short hangs on just a small moment, the first encounter with The Empire. On that hangs a lot of character development and fantastic dialogue. The film really captures the trademark Obi-Wan Kenobi humor too.

Thanks to exective producers Jamie Costa (who also played Ben Kenobi) and director Jason Satterlund for their hard work on this beautiful piece of fan art.

Although I can see how you might, don’t confuse this with the Disney+ series based on Obi-Wan Kenobi coming to Disney+ in the future. If it can match the tone and passion of this project, fans will flock to watch it just as they have “The Mandalorian.”

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