Alumna Deborah Chow '03 Directs Obi Wan Kenobi Series on Disney+ in 2022
BY Felix van Kann, December 1, 2021
Alumna Deborah Chow '03 currently directs the new Obi-Wan Kenobi series for Disney+. She will also serve as Executive Producer on the show, which is set to be released in 2022. Ewan McGregor will be reprising his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi for the new installment in the Star Wars universe, which takes place eight years after the events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.
Prior to her work on Obi-Wan Kenobi, Chow became the first woman to direct a live-action installment in the Star Wars franchise when she directed two episodes of the first season of The Mandalorian.
Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy commented, “We really wanted to select a director who is able to explore both the quiet determination and rich mystique of Obi-Wan in a way that folds seamlessly into the Star Wars saga. Based on her phenomenal work developing our characters in The Mandalorian, I’m absolutely confident Deborah is the right director to tell this story.”
Deborah Chow is a Canadian director and screenwriter. Her short film, Daypass, won the Best Actor Award at the Milano Film Festival and the Best Short at the Turin Film Festival. The feature-length screenplay version of the film won the Comedy Central Award for Best Comedy Screenplay. Chow was the winner of the 2005 Kodak New Vision Mentorship award for her short film The Hill, the winnings from which included funding for her first feature film. She was a participant in the Berlinale Talent Campus, Toronto International Film Festival Talent Lab, and the Praxis Screenwriting Lab. Her debut feature film The High Cost of Living, starring Zach Braff and Isabelle Blais, won Best First Feature and Top Ten at the Toronto International Film Festival, Best Canadian Feature at the Female Eye Film Fest, and Prix Super-Écran at the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois. Chow’s recent directorial works include the TV movie adaption of Flowers in the Attic and episodes of the BBC series Copper, CW programs Reign and Beauty and the Beast, the CBC show Murdoch Mysteries, the USA Network series Mr. Robot, Fear the Walking Dead, Marvel’s Iron Fist and Better Call Saul.