Another day, another Star Wars rumor involving possible leaks. Various sources report that the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series will introduce viewers to a new character named Nari, “a young Jedi straggler.” Nari will reportedly seek Obi-Wan out to team up with him to restore the Jedi Order and topple the Empire. Nari’s presence will be problematic for Obi-Wan’s mission and anonymity, attracting Imperial attention to the remote world of Tatooine. The Grand Inquisitor from Rebels will pursue Nari and eventually Kenobi. Moses Ingram and Sung Kang will allegedly play the Inquisitor’s followers, the Third Sister and Fifth Brother. Kumail Nanjiani previously called his mysterious role in the series “substantial;” some believe he could be the one to portray Nari.
If the rumors are to be believed, Nari would essentially fill the role some of us were hoping Quinlan Vos would play. At this point, there have been so many supposed leaks surrounding Obi-Wan Kenobi that there’s just no telling what’s true. This rumor isn’t to my liking because it would introduce yet another character and subplot into a short series that should strive for a more streamlined approach. None of these rumored “leaks” have been confirmed or denied by Lucasfilm. As such, I’m trying to take them with a grain of salt. But that’s difficult when they sound exactly like the kind of stupidity Lucasfilm tends to fall into. I would prefer Obi-Wan Kenobi to be a small, intimate story about its titular character’s inner struggle. I want Obi-Wan to connect with Qui-Gon’s spirit and reflect on his time with Anakin with mixed emotions. I was really excited for Obi-Wan Kenobi, and I still plan on watching it when it airs. But every “leak” and announcement makes me less enthusiastic and more nervous about what they’ll do with the series. I don’t want another Book of Boba Fett; Obi-Wan deserves a series that knows who its lead character is and maintains that focus throughout.