Kumail Nanjiani Details His Obi-Wan Kenobi Character


Kumail Nanjiani is set to star in the highly anticipated upcoming Disney+ Star Wars series Obi-Wan Kenobi and has now teased what fans can expect from his appearances in the series.

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While Nanjiani didn’t reveal too much about his character, he did confirm that we’ll meet him on Daiyu, a brand new Star Wars location set to be featured in the upcoming series.

“His name is Haja,” Nanjiani revealed to Entertainment Weekly. “He’s this guy who works on the streets of Daiyu, which is this new Star Wars location that we haven’t seen before that’s absolutely gorgeous. He’s the guy who’s worked really hard to stay out of the bigger conflicts at play. He just kind of wants to be his own guy. Survival for him is all that matters.”

Nanjiani went on to say that Haja’s character will have a bit of a darker side to him as well, calling him a con-ma

“He’s this sort of con-man guy who cons people for money,” said Nanjiani. “That’s what’s important to him. And then he has a run-in with Obi-Wan and suddenly he sort of gets stuck in the bigger conflicts at play, which is the thing that he really tries to avoid. So he is this street-level con-man guy who then gets embroiled in stuff that’s way too big for him. And he has to make a choice.”

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Obi-Wan Kenobi sees the return of Ewan McGregor to the Star Wars universe as he reprises his iconic role as the titular Jedi master, whom he famously portrayed in George Lucas’ prequel trilogy. It also features the return of fellow Star War alums Hayden Christensen as Darth Vader and Joel Edgerton as Owen Lars.

Obi-Wan Kenobi is directed by Deborah Chow, with the script written by Joby Harold. Executive producers are Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Deborah Chow, Ewan McGregor, and Joby Harold.

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