Obi-Wan Star Teases Major Role For Mystery Character In Next Episodes

Obi-Wan Star Teases Major Role For Mystery Character In Next Episodes

Obi-Wan Kenobi star O’Shea Jackson Jr. teases his top secret character while defending co-star Moses Ingram against racist backlash from fans.

In his response to recent racist comments directed at fellow Obi-Wan Kenobi star Moses Ingram, O’Shea Jackson Jr. teases a major role for his mystery character. The latest Disney+ series follows Jedi master Obi Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor), who has committed himself to watching over the young Luke Skywalker and protecting him from the evil forces growing within the Galactic Empire. Picking up a decade after the events of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, the series has not only introduced new key players, but also marked the return of former stars such as Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker, a.k.a. Darth Vader. Ingram, Sung Kang, Rupert Friend, and Rya Kihlstedt have already been introduced as a troop of Imperial Inquisitors on a mission to seek out and destroy all remaining Jedi.

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After the debut of the first two episodes, certain fan groups went online to publicly discriminate against Ingram for her performance as Reva, the Third Sister. Support for the actor then began to pour in, including a public statement from the official Star Wars twitter account, which firmly rejected the racism towards Ingram. Star Wars has had an unfortunate history in relation to racism, with small pockets of the fandom that continuously disapprove of minority actors in major roles often masking their comments as commentary on the characters themselves. Most recently, The Last Jedi’s Kelly Marie Tran was the victim of backlash so significant that it forced her to delete her Instagram account.

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Now, Jackson tweets his response to the event, pointing out the hypocrisy of the hate comments and warning discriminatory fans that there is more on-screen diversity on the way. First, the star makes a humorous remark, noting how frustrating it must be for these intolerant individuals to know that Darth Vader is voiced by James Earl Jones. He then goes on to tease his own performance in Obi-Wan Kenobi, giving everyone a small glimpse at the nature of this new character who, for the most part, continues to stay top secret. See the actor’s full response below:

Probably kills them that James Earl Jones is Darth Vader 😂😂😂. They are gonna loooooove finding out what my character does https://t.co/xPWvBnR2J4

— O’Shea Jack(Nichol)son (@OsheaJacksonJr) May 31, 2022

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While such events are shocking to most, Lucasfilm actually prepared Ingram for racist backlash, confirming the abuse is both predictable and expected, despite the studio’s efforts to diversify. As pointed out in Jackson’s tweet, the hypocrisy of these race-based comments are almost comedic, since arguably the franchise’s most iconic character is voiced by a person of color. Jackson’s short snippet about his own character simultaneously defends Ingram while giving audiences a clue about his elusive Obi-Wan Kenobi character. Although he still remains nameless, the tweet does seem to promise major plot moments for his character, ones that will spark even greater of a reaction than Ingram has thus far.

Although they continue to expand the boundaries of who roams the galaxy, Disney and Lucasfilm need to stay vigilant. Anti-diversity opinions may not seem like they have an impact on character representation in the films, but Ingram, Jackson, and former stars like Tran and John Boyega are all too familiar with these types of comments, the effects of which go beyond the world of Star Wars. Jackson’s new role could include anything from intense battles and controversial deaths, to more emotionally charged decisions that shape how Obi-Wan interacts with the world. Promising his character introduction will spark reactions, it is essential for Disney to protect Obi-Wan Kenobi actors from backlash if they ever want to eradicate the negativity associated with diversity in their galaxy.

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Source: @OsheaJacksonJr/Twitter

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