Obi-Wan Kenobi: the importance of Reeva Savander

Obi-Wan Kenobi: the importance of Reeva Savander

Obi-Wan Kenobi

In the future series dedicated to him, Obi-Wan Kenobi will have to face several enemies, but from the trailers and from what is revealed by the production of the new live action series of Star Wars, one of the most lethal threats will be an Inquisitor, Reeva Savander. Played by Moses Ingram, this menacing figure, affiliated with the Inquisitorium, promises to be one of the star characters in the series coming to Disney + on May 27th. But who is Reeva in Obi-Wan Kenobi?

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In Obi-Wan Kenobi, Reeva Savander will be of great importance

Official images by Obi-Wan Kenobi Obi-Wan Kenobi is set ten years after the events of Revenge of the Sith, in what are the first years of consolidation of the Empire. After the fall of the Republic and the execution of Order 66, which almost led to the extermination of the Jedi, the protectors of the Republic are now forced to live in exile, hiding. The Emperor is still not certain that he has eliminated their threat, which is why he creates the Inquisitorium, an agency that enlists Force owners and ex-Jedi, who after being converted to the imperial cause and the dark side, are commissioned to hunt down the fugitive Jedi, under the control of Darth Vader. In addition to the extermination of the Jedi, the Inquisitors are tasked with searching the galaxy for children who show affinity for the Force, kidnapping them to make them tools in Palpatine's hands.| ); }
“We will bring the Inquisitors in live action and the character of Moses is a completely new figure. But I think one of the things we wanted to achieve was to introduce new characters while respecting the strong link to continuity within the series. For me, much of the appeal of Star Wars has always been learning about new planets and new species, so I was really excited to be able to introduce the character of Moses. It was also, from a certain point of view, exciting to be able to create this sort of young woman of the Dark Side, because in the live action production there are not many followers of the Dark Side "

In the continuity of Star Wars there are several female figures related to the Dark Side, such as Asajj Ventress, the Sisters of the Night and Mother Talzin, but they are all roles that have a strong importance within Star Wars: The Clone Wars, an animated series set during the years of the war with the Separatists which led to the end of the Republic.

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The inquisitor interpreted by Moses Ingram in Obi-Wan Kenobi could follow a similar path, arriving however to a greater characterization than Trilla, perhaps having the opportunity to experience a different ending, through a redemption that leads her away from the Dark Side.

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Darth Vader is 'trying to kill' his Anakin Skywalker side in 'Obi-Wan Kenobi' (exclusive)

Watch: Hayden Christensen shares what we'll learn about Vader in Obi-Wan Kenobi

Hayden Christensen says Darth Vader is on a 'mission' in the new Star Wars series Obi-Wan Kenobi, which hits Disney+ on Friday, 27 May.

'We learn more about [Vader in Obi-Wan Kenobi],' Hayden Christensen tells Yahoo ahead of the show's launch.

'He's a very complex character, there's a lot there to dig into. He's on a mission. He's very driven in his pursuit of hunting down the remaining Jedi, and that mission is a very personal one for him.'

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We last saw Christensen as Vader in 2005's Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith. After the destruction of the Jedi Order, Anakin Skywalker was defeated in an epic lightsaber duel with his former master Obi-Wan. The defeated Sith Lord was resurrected as the helmeted Vader by Emperor Palpatine, while Obi-Wan and Yoda went into hiding.

Darth Vader (Hayden Christensen) in Lucasfilm's Obi-Wan Kenobi. (Disney+)

Vader and Obi-Wan would next meet as old men in 1977's Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope — or so we thought — as Obi-Wan Kenobi will now join the dots between Episodes III and IV further informing our understanding of the pair of iconic characters.

Although little has been confirmed about the show's plot so far, Christensen says Anakin's journey to becoming Vader is still ongoing.

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'In a lot of ways [Vader's mission] is him reconciling his past, and trying to realise the identity that he really wants to move towards.'

Hayden Christensen's Vader says 'Noooo!' in Revenge Of The Sith. (Disney)

Vader's redemption at the hands of his son Luke in Return of the Jedi is a long way off at this point though. The identity he is moving towards in Obi-Wan Kenobi, is the brutal and ruthless Sith Lord that we last saw literally cutting a swathe through the Rebel Alliance in the roof-raising finale of 2016's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

'He's trying to bury Anakin as deep down inside as possible,' Christensen explains. 'He's trying to kill that side of himself.'

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Another character who goes on a journey between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope is Obi-Wan himself, and showrunner Deborah Chow says that also plays a big part in the new character-driven series.

Anthony Daniels, Alec Guinness and Mark Hamill on the set of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. (Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)

'One of the big things we were trying to answer the question of is how did [Obi-Wan] go from the warrior at the end of Revenge of the Sith, screaming on the banks of Mustafar, to the peace and calm of Alex Guinness in A New Hope?' Chow ponders.

'That's largely one of the questions we're trying to answer with the series.'

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Picking up Kenobi's story 10 years after Revenge of the Sith, the new Disney+ show finds the Jedi knight in exile on Tatooine, keeping a watchful but distant eye on Vader's son Luke Skywalker, while Vader continues on his mission to wipe out the last of Jedi.

Obi-Wan Kenobi launches with two episodes on Disney+ on Friday, 27 May, with episodes released weekly thereafter.

Watch a trailer below.

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