Lucasfilm didn’t exactly have far to look when they hired Deborah Chow to helm “Obi-Wan Kenobi.” The Canadian filmmaker of Chinese-Australian descent has previous experience directing “Mr. Robot,” “Iron Fist,” “Fear the Walking Dead,” “Jessica Jones,” “Better Call Saul,” and “The Mandalorian,” making her a very familiar face with Disney. At the time of the initial announcement, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy stated:
“We really wanted to select a director who is able to explore both the quiet determination and rich mystique of Obi-Wan in a way that folds seamlessly into the Star Wars saga. Based on her phenomenal work developing our characters in The Mandalorian, I’m absolutely confident Deborah is the right director to tell this story.”
The series is written by Joby Harold, the writer of such projects as “Awake,” “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword,” and Zack Snyder’s “Army of the Dead.” He came onto the project after the rather drastic decision to temporarily shut down production of the show in January of 2020 and essentially start over, but it sounds like the show has been smooth sailing ever since.