The world of Star Wars is growing more connected with each passing project. A new report from The Bespin Bulletin is claiming that Rupert Friend will portray The Grand Inquisitor in the highly-anticipated Disney+ series Obi-Wan Kenobi. The character, a favorite villain among fans of the franchise, previously served as the main antagonist of Star Wars: Rebels‘ first season. He will supposedly appear in Kenobi alongside two other Inquisitors, played by Sung Kang and Moses Ingram. It was reported several months ago that Kang would be playing the Fifth Brother in the series, also of Rebels fame, though it would seem that Ingram‘s character is still unknown. Bespin speculates that she could be establishing an original Inquisitor for the show.
The information comes after one source told the Bulletin that Friend was spotted on set in makeup and wardrobe shockingly similar to the Grand Inquisitor, while another told the outlet outright that the former Hitman star was taking on the increasingly iconic role. For the uninitiated, Inquisitors are a group of lightsaber-wielding, Dark Side Force users employed by the Empire to hunt down and terminate the Jedi who survived Order 66. The Grand Inquisitor, who has been voiced by the legendary Jason Isaacs in his animated appearances, was once their leader, before meeting his demise in a battle with Freddie Prinze Jr.‘s Kanan Jarrus. As Kenobi takes place before Rebels, it’s likely the character will appear on a mission to find Ewan McGregor‘s Jedi Master and ensure the Emperor of his death. However, only time will tell if this turns out to be accurate.
There is no current release date for Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Source: Bespin Bulletin