Disney+, which scored a hit with “The Mandalorian,” set in a “Star Wars” universe, announced game show “Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challenge” will debut on the streamer in 2020.
The show will test its contestants’ “abilities in the core Jedi principles of strength, knowledge and bravery as they face thrilling and fun obstacles in an attempt to achieve the rank of Jedi Knight,” per the company.
“Jedi Temple Challenge” is hosted by Ahmed Best, who played “Star Wars” prequel character Jar Jar Binks. He will double as a Jedi master, encouraging contestants who face various obstacles. Best is aided by a droid sidekick, voiced by “Veep” actress Mary Holland.
Cashing in on the franchise, Disney+ plans a future series about Obi Wan Kenobi, starring Ewan McGregor, who played him in the three prequels.
Mickey Capoferri, Lucasfilm’s senior director of online content and programming, stated: “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.”
Parrot Analytics noted “The Mandalorian” hit 40 million “demand expressions,” while Variety reported it took the No. 3 spot of the most in-demand digital originals among U.S. viewers.