In an interview with Vanity Fair, Kathleen Kennedy spoke about lessons learnt from the past ten years of Star Wars, and insight from Solo: A Star Wars Story’s flop. Kennedy goes on to say,
“Some people have talked about how, well, maybe Solo should have been a TV show. But even doing Solo as a TV show without Harrison Ford as Han Solo … it’s the same thinking,” Kennedy reflected. “Maybe I should have recognized this before. We would never make Indiana Jones without Harrison Ford. Having just finished the fifth movie, I can tell you, there wasn’t a day I wasn’t on set where I wasn’t like, ‘Yes — this is Indiana Jones.'” VANITY FAIR
She has a point, it’s not Han Solo without Harrison Ford. Kennedy then says, “We also can’t do something with Luke Skywalker that isn’t Mark Hamill.”
“Just staying within the construct of George’s storytelling, to keep chipping away at that, I think would be wrong,” she explained. “It’s our job to step away now, but still have a connection to the mythology that George created. That won’t stop. But we are moving on from the Skywalker saga. That’s what’s taking a lot of time, discussion and thought right now.” VANITY FAIR
Creating stories based on George Lucas’ storytelling is not the way to go, they still must retain the mythology he created. It's time to move on.
“The beauty of Obi-Wan Kenobi is Ewan [McGregor] desperately wanted to do this. He has been so engaged in the entire process, and our excitement and reason for doing this is that the real Obi-Wan wanted to tell this story,” she said. “We got excited by the idea that Ewan McGregor wanted to come back, and Hayden Christensen wanted to come back. Just as fans, everybody inside the company was like, ‘Let’s see if we can make this work.'” VANITY FAIR
It should have been realized beforehand that Lucasfilm shouldn’t recast its iconic characters. Obi-Wan Kenobi is an example of how these are the challenges of revisiting classic characters, the show is set to premier on May 27 with a two-episode launch.

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