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Lucasfilm finds new writer for 'Star Wars: Obi-Wan' on Disney Plus: report

Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi, Jedi knight.
Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi, Jedi knight. (Image credit: Lucasfilm)

Screenwriter/producer Joby Harold has been hired as the new lead writer for the "Star Wars: Obi-Wan" series on Disney Plus starring Ewan McGregor, according to Variety. Harold would replace the previously-announced Hossein Amini, who reportedly left the project back in January.

Harold executive produced "John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum," as well as the TV shows "Underground" (WGN America) and "Spinning Out" (Netflix). He and writing partner James Vanderbilt were previously reported as writing a new Transformers film.

Related: The best Disney Plus movies and shows for 'Star Wars' & sci-fi fans

Obi-Wan was originally scheduled to begin filming earlier this year, but the production crew was sent home in January (prior to and unrelated to the coronavirus crisis) and Amini departed the project.

Originally published on Newsarama. 

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Chris Arrant

Newsarama Senior Editor Chris Arrant has covered comic book news for Space.com sister site Newsarama since 2003, and has also written for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel Entertainment, TOKYOPOP, AdHouse Books, Cartoon Brew, Bleeding Cool, Comic Shop News and CBR. He is the author of the book "Modern Masters: Cliff Chiang," co-authored "Art of Spider-Man Classic," and contributed to Dark Horse/Bedside Press' anthology "Pros and (Comic) Cons." He has acted as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards and the Stan Lee Awards. Chris is a member of the American Library Association's Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table. (He/him)