Going back to March last year, Disney+ and Lucasfilm announced the cast for their forthcoming Star Wars series Obi-Wan Kenobi. Among the list was Rupert Friend, who had earlier appeared in the 2015’s Hitman: Agent 47. Now, an all-new report has claimed that Rupert Friend will be bringing a huge character from Star Wars Rebels, the animated series to live-action in the series, Obi-Wan Kenobi.’
As per the Star Wars website Bespin Bulletin, sources even claim that Friend will be playing the Grand Inquisitor in Obi-Wan Kenobi. These sources also suggest that Rupert’s character will be seen as one of three Inquisitors to be featured in the live-action series, the other two being played by Sung Kang and Moses Ingram.
Cinelinx had earlier reported that Kang was playing the Fifth Brother, and while Bespin Bulletin has not been able to confirm this, a source reveals that Kang’s character wears a headpiece reminiscent of the Fifth Brother’s. This being said, sources reveal that Ingram’s Inquisitor is the most important of all three. Bespin Bulletin also goes on to theorize that Ingram’s character is an all-new Inquisitor that all Star Wars fans are yet to see until now.
Needless to say, if Rupert Friend is playing the Grand Inquisitor, it would be quite fitting, as the character from Star Wars is sort of a “hitman” himself. Debuting as the leading antagonist of the first season of Star Wars Rebels and was originally voiced by Jason Isaacs, the Grand Inquisitor is actually a Pau’an male who was once a Jedi Temple Guard.
As the title tells us, the Grand Inquisitor happens to be the leader of Darth Vader’s Inquisitors, who is a lightsaber-wielding force that has been tasked with taking down the remaining Jedi who have managed to escape the Order 66 while the fall of the Galactic Republic was on. The Grand Inquisitor died in the first season finale of Rebels while fighting with surviving Jedi Padawan Kanan Jarrus (played by Freddie Prinze Jr.).
Various Inquisitors have been re-introduced to the Star Wars canon ever since. Apart from the Grand Inquisitor, Rebels also featured the aforementioned Fifth Brother, the Seventh Sister, and the Eighth Brother. However, meanwhile, the Star Wars Ahsoka also introduced us to the Sixth Brother. Ultimately, the video game Jedi: Fallen Order showcased the Second Sister/Trilla Suduri and the Ninth Sister.
The Disney+ series sees Ewan McGregor reprising his role as Obi-Wan from the Star Wars Trilogy. It also stars Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader once again. Joel Edgerton and Bonnie Piesse return to play their roles as Owen and Beru Lars, respectively. Apart from Friend, Kang and Ingram, Indira Varma, Kumail Nanjiani, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Benny Safdie, Simone Kessell, Maya Erskine, and Rory Ross have also been cast in Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Obi-Wan Kenobi does not have a premiere date yet, however, the series is reportedly expected to premiere on Disney+ in May.