Andrew Stanton Discusses Canon Restrictions With Star Wars Shows

It’s been months since Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi debuted on Disney+, bringing a new story of the lost Jedi. Two-time Oscar winner Andrew Stanon wrote the last two episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi. These are the most engaging and acclaimed episodes, leading to the epic showdown between Anakin and Obi-Wan on an unknown planet. The part where Anakin’s mask snaps in half and we see that horribly wicked turn of a brutally angry Darth Vader will stick with fans forever. But it wasn’t exactly a treat for Andrew Stanton.

He had a wonderful time working on the fan-favorite series and has no regrets. But, given the series’ story restrictions, it was difficult to accomplish. Stanton had to make sure the series fit with the general lore of the Star Wars saga and appease audiences. And it was a process that wasn’t always fun for Stanton.


Talk to Gizmodo, Stanton described his experience working on the series as bittersweet. For one thing, he was living the dream, bringing Vader and Obi-Wan together onscreen. But on the other hand, he also had several limitations while thinking about the story, as any event in the series had to fall in a particular chronological order.

It was the blessing and the curse of it. It’s like a, you’re geeky that you get to type ‘Vader says’ this and ‘Kenobi says’ that. You pause and say, “I can’t believe I’m getting paid to type this.” I can’t believe those words can be spoken. But then another part of you, it has to go through such rigor like ‘Does this fit in the canon?’ And I feel like it’s bittersweet. [The reason that happens is] because people care, but it also doesn’t sometimes allow things to venture beyond what they maybe should to tell a better story. So that can sometimes really handicap what I think are better narrative options.

Well, Stanton isn’t wrong as a writer. Writing is a work of creative freedom. Every writer should be free to shape the story in a certain way. But with star wars, things are different. Before the franchise expanded to Disney+, eleven films were set in the saga, including two anthologies. So any series has a little window to fall into. Not that it affected the quality of the content in star warsbut one cannot imagine the amount of research, carefulness and constant revision that must go into writing these series.

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Stanton compares Obi-Wan Kenobi to Andor


Andrew Stanton clarified how he thought the canon limitations were a bit confusing for him. The writer compared writing Obi Wan at the latest star wars series Andor. Stanon said,

I got frustrated at times—not a lot—but I just felt it wasn’t as conducive to [the story]. I love it when something like Andor is in a safe place. And he can do whatever he wants.

Andor takes place before the events of Star Wars: Red One, which takes place before the original series and focuses on Andor’s rise in rebellion. Andor, an unknown character featured only once in the series, has a lot of potential stories to build around him. Thereby, Andor is in a safe place where the creators can give it any suitable backdrop without touching other important events in the saga. This is something the series has received critical acclaim for. However, for Obi Wan Kenobithe writers would have had an extensive timeline of events to follow before inserting the series in between.

Stanton, however, found help in the form of co-writer Joby Harold, who held the writing table and managed to create a legit, flawless story that didn’t meddle with any limitations.

I felt, you know, that Joby, to his credit, kept the torch alive and kept trying to thread the needle so history wouldn’t suffer, but it would please anyone trying to keep in the barrel. But I had moments in there that I’m very happy with.

Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi was widely applauded by fans who saw Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen together again. The The Star Wars Saga is still growing with several more Disney+ originals, and so far each story, all well crafted, has managed to maintain the films’ legacy.

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