Sometimes it is hard to believe another Star Wars story with Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader is upon us. Kathleen Kennedy famously promised it will deliver “the rematch of the century.” The fight between Darth Vader and Obi-Wan in Star Wars: Episode III did not have Obi-Wan fighting Darth Vader in the suit. That fight put him in the suit. A lot fans wanted to see suited Darth Vader fighting Obi-Wan Kenobi and now they are delivering it and in a big way.
“When I left you I was but the learner. Now, I am the master!” This quote no longer means what you used to think it meant. Obi-Wan Kenobi is still very much the master in this series. But the change in direction Obi-Wan takes after this story is why he allows his powers to fade. In this series, we are getting peak Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Around this time in the story
Obi-Wan Kenobi is dispatched to a planet on a rescue mission. The captive prisoner is very important “to the cause” and Kenobi has to save said person from the Inquisitor’s clutches. The main inquisitor holding the prisoner was performed by Moses Ingram in these sequences. The success of this mission is most likely what springs Vader forward into action.
The castle and the consequence
As matters escalate from the trouble Kenobi is causing, we see Mustafar again. Darth Vader rises from his throne and hurriedly walks to his ship’s hanger to intercept his old master, Obi-Wan Kenobi. Based on reference material, it appears as if Vader is using his TIE Advanced to depart the castle. It wasn’t actually built on set but it shares certain characteristics with the Inquisitor ships.
The fighter’s trunks
Obi-Wan is wearing his clothes from Revenge of the Sith for the fight or damn near close enough. The white tunic, no robe. His white tunic is more worse for wear now. He looks a little older, a little more tattered. Like an aging gunslinger, his swagger remains the same as it ever was. When Kenobi walks out onto the dirt field, this is the guy that said Sith Lords are his “specialty.”
*There are mounds and piles of dirt and sand around this set and blue screens.
Darth Vader steps onto the dirt ground. The costume, if I had to guess is pretty much identical to the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story costume. I would almost say the chest plate is the same for sure, a little brighter. However, lighting conditions and such made it hard to get a good read on the lens color used for Darth Vader in the fight.
Obi-Wan realizes exactly who the monster in the suit is. Kenobi’s resolve is strong and his face is so focused on the threat ahead. Darth Vader walks towards Kenobi ready to engage him. That’s when Obi-Wan Kenobi force pushes Darth Vader what looked like 50ft maybe in total. Hadouken! Vader is launched into the air as he hits what appears to be a rock wall. Like a Terminator talking a powerful hit, Vader slowly gets up advances towards his moment of revenge!
The shoot and assumptions
The sets are full of blue screens and partial sets. The ground and rock formation of the duel honestly looked a lot like Jedha in the background. But such is Star Wars, it could be Geonosis or a new place on Tatooine. However, Tatooine is the least likely based on look and having seen other Tatooine stuff from the series. As always, we are running up against certain base environments sharing similar characteristics. The set reminded me of Vasquez rocks in Southern California to some extent.
Vader was thrown on wires into a blue screen for the Force push moment. Atmospheric effects and lower set pieces make it appear to be a rock wall. I thought it was a important to note this to give as much disclosure as possible while still protecting my sources.
It’s probably Jedha. But watch it be Tatooine because why wouldn’t it be?
My sources say this battle between Kenobi and Darth Vader took two weeks to shoot and is massive. The shoot took place in August of 2021. Hayden Christensen was not in the suit for these fight sequences from the shoot in August based around the duel. That’s not to say he’s not in the suit, he is. But there’s a few people bringing Vader to the screen in the suit for these moments and the lightsaber fighting appears to be handled by stunt performers. That’s not to say Hayden doesn’t do anything, just that I know this to be the case from speaking to you people in the production.
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