Our dearest Princess Jasmine from “Aladdin” is all set to take the female co-lead in the Obi-Wan Kenobi series. Naomi Scott is one of the three female actresses being eyed for the upcoming Disney+ show.
Naomi portrayed Princess Jasmine in the live-action remake of Disney’s Aladdin. She recently also starred in the remake of Charlie’s Angels. She also portrayed Kimberly Hart in the 2017 Power Rangers movie.
A source tells us that Naomi Scott is in the running to depict Riley/Eve, together with Anula Navlekar and Thuso Mbedu.
What is known about the series’ cast?
It is no surprise that Ewan McGregor is confirmed to play Obi-Wan Kenobi once more. He already played the character in the Star Wars prequel trilogy movies, The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.
According to The Illuminerdi, other cast members are currently being hunted to play the
Tia, female for the supporting role-biopic.
Harold for supporting role, male. He must be quirky and comedic.
Bella, female, supporting role as well.
These are most likely codenames to hide the real identities, so it’s obviously difficult to tell if any of these are really established Star Wars characters. However, we do have an idea of who might be in contention to play “Riley.”
Along with Scott, Thuso Mbedu and Anula Navlekar, have also received call-backs for the co-lead role. Mbedu was nominated for an International Emmy Award for her role in Is’thunzi; while Navlekar is still a relative unknown and hasn’t appeared in any high-profile projects.
The Obi-Wan series is taking place eight years after the 2005’s Revenge of the Sith, where we last see Obi-Wan watching over Luke Skywalker, the secret child of Darth Vader, on Tatooine. So an assumption is made that the show will be set roughly around the time of Solo: A Star Wars Story, a few years before A New Hope.
“It will be interesting to take a character we know in a way and show him… Well, his arc will be quite interesting, I think, dealing with that, the fact that all the Jedi were slaughtered with the end of [Revenge of the Sith]. It’s quite something to get over,” he told Men’s Journal.
The show is presently untitled and does not have a release date. LucasFilm’s Kathleen Kennedy announced, at Disney D23, all scripts are written and filming will begin in 2020 itself.