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Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challenge, a new game show will be hosted by Jar Jar Binks actor Ahmed Best and will be aimed at kids exclusively through the Dinsey+ subscription service in 2020.
This live-action skills game show is a first for the Star Wars franchise, which is getting major investment from Disney at the moment, with J.J. Abrams’ Rise of Skywalker hitting cinemas this month, the expanded presence of Star Wars in theme parks, and the live-action drama, The Mandalorian already streaming on the new service. As well as this, Disney is looking to expand the universe further on the small screen, with Ewan McGregor returning to the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi for his own solo series.
According to Disney executives, Jedi Temple Challenge will test “young contestants’ abilities in the core Jedi principles of strength, knowledge, and bravery as they face thrilling and fun obstacles.”
Lucasfilm’s senior director of Online Content & Programming, Mickey Capoferri said of the show, “This is definitely a kids game show like no other. The various challenges will test a Padawan’s connection to the Force in three locations — a forest planet, on board a Jedi star cruiser, and inside a Jedi Temple — immersing them and the audience in a fun, humorous, and exciting competition.”
Best portrayed Jar Jar Binks in 1999’s The Phantom Menace and 2002’s Attack of the Clones. The bumbling Gugan from Naboo was the subject of much ridicule, and the comedic character was reduced to just a cameo role in 2005’s Revenge of the Sith. Best then reprised the role for seven episodes of the animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars series.
The actor has, in recent years, spoken out about the kinds of comments (and even death threats) he received from so-called Star Wars fans online, and the media backlash which affected his entire career and even left him contemplating suicide.
A Disney press release has confirmed Best as host for the show, calling him the “perfect choice”:
“Best’s unique set of skills as an actor, dancer, martial arts expert, STOMP musician, and Star Wars fan make him the perfect choice as the show’s host and mentor…. Best is joined by a hilarious humanoid droid companion, voiced by Mary Holland (VEEP, Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre).”
On his part, Best seemed to be excited to be returning to the Star Wars universe:
Dan Silver, vice president of original unscripted content for Disney+ said of the project, “Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challenge brings together the best of Star Wars – competitive spirit, harrowing obstacles and a hero’s triumph over challenges – in a totally new format for the franchise. A game show set in the Star Wars galaxy is a perfect fit for Disney+.”
More on Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challenge when we have it.