Disney has added a succession of warning advisories to its new Obi-Wan Kenobi series, in wake of the horrific school shooting in Texas earlier in the week.
The decision was made, in part, because of similarities between the deadly mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas and a Jedi school massacre that’s in the new Star Wars show, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
‘Although this fictional series is a continuation of the story from Star Wars movies filmed many years ago, some scenes may be upsetting to viewers in light of the recent tragic events,’ it read on some Disney+ accounts, beginning early Friday.
‘Warning: Contains violence involving children.’
As first reported by Variety, that message appeared to have been shortened, later on Friday, and now reads: ‘There are certain scenes in this fictional series that some viewers may find upsetting. ‘
The company added the first version of the current content warning early Friday, just hours after Obi-Wan Kenobi debuted.
The much anticipated series dropped its first two episodes late Thursday; almost three days after 19 children and two adults were killed during that mass school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.
The accused gunman first shot his grandmother in the face; then sent cryptic online messages before he went on his deadly rampage at Robb Elementary School
One of the warning advisories Disney added was to the opening scene of episode one of the new Star Wars series.
The storyline included a look back to 10 years prior, when Order 66; or the near eradication of the Jedi, is carried out.
The scene opens with ‘a group of Force-sensitive younglings being trained in the Jedi Temple; just before Clone Troopers burst into the building, and began shooting at the Jedi and children.’
While none of the children are hit by the blaster fire, the clips capture intense moments; may be too intense at this time, considering the tragedy at the Texas school was just days before the series made its premiere.
In light of recent tragic events, we recognize there are certain scenes in this fictional series; some viewers may find upsetting and a content warning has been added to the show page;’ a Disney spokesperson told Deadline today, before adding; ‘We are also working to add an advisory in front of the series as quickly as possible.’
Ewan McGregor returns to the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi in the series; which takes place between the Revenge Of The Sith and New Hope movies.
The six-episode season follows Obi-Wan’s life in exile on Tatooine.
Star Wars prequel star Hayden Christensen is also back as Anakin Skywalker; otherwise known as Darth Vader.
The cast also includes Rupert Friend, Sung Kang, Moses Ingram, Benny Safdie, Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Simone Kessell, Vivien Lyra Blair, Flea, Jimmy Smits, Kumail Nanjiani, Marisé Álvarez, Rya Kihlstedt and Indira Varma.