Who are the Inquisitors?

There are more than a few mysterious groups running around the Star Wars Universe. Even an organization like the Jedi which seems to have been fully explored still holds a lot of secrets. But new Disney+ series are providing opportunities to tell these stories. A big upcoming series is Obi-Wan Kenobi. It will look at the iconic character’s life between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. And it will feature the live-action debut of the Inquisitors.

These Sith servants have popped up in animated series, video games, comics, and more. This series is a huge benchmark for them. It will help define how they fit into the larger Star Wars Universe. But for a lot of fans, Obi-Wan Kenobi will be their first introduction to Darth Vader’s nasty crew. And for those people, they are about to meet some truly evil Force users.

The Inquisitors arrive

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They are known by many names. The Imperial Inquisition. The Inquisitorius. The Order of Inquisitors. But to most fans, they are simply known as the Inquisitors. Founded by Darth Sidious, their job was to track and kill any Jedi who remained after Order 66. And they were quite good at their jobs. They operated under the direction of Darth Vader himself who led the charge to exterminate the Jedi.

Many of the Inquisitors were themselves fallen Jedi who had turned to the Dark Side. This was true of the Grand Inquisitor. Reputedly a former Jedi Temple Guard, he served Darth Vader directly and led the rest of the hunters. He and the Inquisitorius made their debut in the series Star Wars: Rebels as the key antagonists of the first couple of seasons. They became obsessed with the Lothal Rebels which included Jedi Kanan Jarrus, Ezra Bridger, and, at times, Ahsoka Tano.

This wasn’t the only time they have played important roles in recent years. The Inquisitors have made key appearances in various books and comics. Not surprisingly, that has included Darth Vader’s own series. They have also had an impact on Star Wars in other media. Members of the Inquisitorius were key antagonists in the popular video game, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

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Set five years after Order 66, the game followed Cal Kestis, a Jedi Padawan who had gone into hiding. He’s drawn into a mission to prevent the Empire from getting its hands on something powerful and ancient. The entire time, he is pursued by Darth Vader and his Inquisitors. It’s an interesting game set in a Star Wars era that hasn’t often been discussed, much like Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Live-Action Debut

The first episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi is set to drop on Disney+ on May 25, 2022. Ewan McGregor is returning to the role he last played in Revenge of the Sith in 2005. Hayden Christensen will also be returning as Darth Vader, leading to a likely faceoff between the former student and master duo. Owen and Beru Lars, Luke’s uncle and aunt who raised him, are also scheduled to be in the series.

There are also a lot of details fans don’t know about Obi-Wan Kenobi. Maul, Leia Organa, Ahsoka Tano, Yoda, Darth Sidious, Cal Kestis, and more have all been rumored to make appearances in the series. Some have even speculated that Liam Neeson will appear as a Force ghost incarnation of Qui-Gon Jinn. Even more interesting are the big-name actors who are attached to the project without confirmation of who they are playing.

Kumail Nanjiani has been cast with no real discussion of what his role is. O’Shea Jackson and his father Ice Cube are also involved. Additionally, Sung Kang, who is best known for the Fast & Furious film franchise, is in the series. But Kang’s reputed role appears to be as the Fifth Brother, one of the Inquisitors. It’s enough to make fans wonder how many other actors are playing Inquisitors, as well.

One of the strange things about the Inquisitors is that they kind of just disappear with no real explanation as to what happened or where they went. Given the timeline setting of Obi-Wan Kenobi, fans might not get those answers from this series. But it will hopefully add some more details to their story. This is a big universe with a lot to unravel. Since Star Wars is getting so many Disney+ series, one focused on the Inquisitors might not be a bad idea.

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