Indira Varma had a taste of fawning fans on Game of Thrones, but now that she has a bigger role on Disney’s Obi-Wan Kenobi show, things could change.
Game of Thrones fans know Indira Varma as the scheming Ellaria Sand, once the lover of Oberyn Martell and currently (I imagine) a corpse under the Red Keep. But soon enough, she’ll be heading to a galaxy far, far away to star in an upcoming series about Obi-Wan Kenobi, with Ewan McGregor once again playing the role he brought to life in the Star Wars prequel films.
“I had it easy on Thrones – I didn’t play one of the leading roles so I don’t get hassled much,” she told Metro when asked if being on HBO’s mega-hit prepared her for scrutiny from fans. We don’t know the name of Varma’s new character, but we do a bit about her role — head here if you want to know the spoilers.
“It’s such a beast,” Varma said of the Obi-Wan show, “like an octopus that needs wrangling but I’m having a brilliant time. Obviously, I can’t say anything about any of it but director Deborah Chow and Ewan on the acting side have somehow made it feel like an independent movie. Everyone has input, there are no fraying tempers.”
That means no one gives Varma any guff for being a Star Wars newbie. “It’s all new to me and really embarrassing,” she said. “I keep getting called out on stuff but I did play Princess Leia in the playground when I was six without having seen it – I had long plaits so I could do the hair. I’ve watched all the old ones now but I wouldn’t say I’m up to speed. I’m still not sure what order they all go in.”
The Obi-Wan Kenobi show is set after Revenger of the Sith but before A New Hope, so it’ll cover Obi-Wan’s years in exile following the rise of the Empire. We don’t know exactly when it’ll debut on Disney+, but we know it won’t be this year. See you in 2022.