With the Disney+ Kenobi series fast approaching, details and visuals are beginning to emerge. One detail I’m particularly pleased about is the return of a classic George Lucas created character. The new series honors Kenobi’s character and the prequel era is not forgotten. The Debrah Chow directed series will deal with who Obi-Wan is and who he was.
I’m told “Ben” Kenobi crosses paths with his old friend from Naboo, Jar Jar Binks. Early work has been conducted for the CGI Gungan’s return to Star Wars. Jar Jar has a beard to reflect where he’s been and what his life has been like since they were all deceived by a great lie that ushered in the first Galactic Empire. Kenobi will not be the only bearded character this time.
Because the series hasn’t filmed yet, I’m treating this as a rumor. That said, I believe it to be accurate and on the way.
I’m told there is a sequence where the bearded Jar Jar Binks and Obi-Wan talk about the past. There will be Jedi/Gungan beard time coming soon to the series.
It isn’t confirmed that Ahmed Best is returning as Jar Jar Binks. I’m assuming and hoping he is. Best has really opened up about his struggles with depression and suicide in the aftermath of the media backlash he was forced to endure by the media and the worst fans. Best voiced Jar Jar in all but one episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and it wasn’t the same without Best.
The last canon appearance I can recall was from the Aftermath book series. In the post-Return of the Jedi era, Binks is a clown for orphaned Naboo children. With that in mind, we shouldn’t expect his death in the series and it even opens up the possibility he could show up in a series like The Mandalorian, but that’s conjecture on my part.
I absolutely love the prequels and I love everything I’m hearing about the new Disney+ Kenobi series. The return of Jar Jar Binks makes me really jazzed for the future of Star Wars on television and the return of the most noble of Jedi and zany of sidekicks.
Check back for more on the untitled Disney+ Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi series soon!