Indira Varma Joins Disney+ ‘Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Series

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02 Mar 21

Indira Varma Joins Disney+ ‘Star Wars: Obi-Wan’ Series

Indira Varma just can’t seem to get away from sand, as the ‘Game Of Thrones’ star joins Ewan McGregor in the Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi on Disney+.

The new series sees McGregor return to the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi for the streaming service in a drama set eight years after the events of ‘Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith’ and prior to the events of ‘A New Hope’. It has been confirmed he will be joined by Hayden Christensen who reprises his role as Darth Vader.

As with all of the casting news for these Star Wars spin-off series, exactly who Indira Varma will be playing is being kept under wraps for the moment. There are also no plot details for the series, although we do know it will be set, at least in part, on Tatooine, where Obi-Wan ended up to watch over the young Luke Skywalker from a distance.

Indira Varma should feel at home on the sand-filled dustbowl, having played Ellaria Sand on ‘Game Of Thrones’, paramour to Oberyn “ow, my eyes!” Martell, and mother to the Sand Snakes. She also has appeared in a huge array of dramas including ‘Rome’, ‘Luther’, ‘Patrick Melrose’, ‘Torchwood’, ‘Carnival Row’, and most recently, ABC’s ‘For Life’, where she plays the progressive warden of the prison holding Nicholas Pinnock’s Aaron Wallace.

Deborah Chow, who previously directed two episodes of ‘The Mandalorian’, is set to be behind the camera for the opening episodes of ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’. The drama will utilise “StageCraft”, the same ground-breaking studio technology developed for ‘The Mandalorian’ to help speed through production. Developed by ILM and Epic Games, the virtual production filmmaking platform, allows filmmakers to capture complex visual effects shots in-camera using real-time game engine technology and giant LED screens, referred to as “The Volume”. By projecting dynamic photo-real digital landscapes and sets on to the screens, which are then tracked in-camera, it provides far more realistic lighting than a traditional greenscreen and lessens the need for “cutting out” the actors onto new backdrops, so dramatically reduces the amount of VFX post-processing needed.

Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi’ is currently scheduled to begin filming at some point in Spring 2021.