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Why the Queen of Alderaan Appears to be like Totally different in "Obi-Wan Kenobi"

The primary two episodes of the much-anticipated Star Wars sequence “Obi-Wan Kenobi” lastly premiered on Disney+ on Might 27. Ewan McGregor reprises his position because the titular character within the live-action restricted sequence, which picks up 10 years after the occasions of 2005’s “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith” — McGregor’s final look within the Star Wars franchise earlier than main “Obi-Wan Kenobi.” The sequence boasts a formidable ensemble of actors, with veteran Star Wars forged members, together with Hayden Christensen, Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, and extra, slipping again into their beloved roles. Nevertheless, followers have been stunned to see that the position of Breha Organa, Princess Leia’s foster mom and spouse of Bail Organa, had been recast. The character was performed by Rebecca Jackson Mendoza in “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.”

Who Is Rebecca Jackson Mendoza?

Mendoza, who first got here to prominence as one-half of the pop-duo Jackson Mendoza along with her sister Natalie from 1998 to 2000, was final seen on the large display screen in “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.” The next yr, the Australian actress performed Galadriel in a 2006 Toronto stage manufacturing of “The Lord of the Rings,” with different stage roles together with renditions of “Miss Saigon,” “Present Boat,” and “We Will Rock You.” Since then, Mendoza has stayed out of the highlight.

Why Was Rebecca Jackson Mendoza’s Breha Organa Recast in “Obi-Wan Kenobi”?

Whereas many of the unique “Star Wars” actors have returned to their iconic roles in “Obi-Wan Kenobi,” Mendoza didn’t. There is no official phrase on why the queen of Alderaan was recast, however contemplating her lack of roles over the previous decade after her flip as Breha in “Revenge of the Sith,” there’s an opportunity Mendoza stopped performing altogether. It is also value noting Mendoza solely appeared in “Revenge of the Sith” briefly, so she could not have been approached when the casting part for “Obi-Wan Kenobi” started in 2019.

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Who Performs Breha Organa in “Obi-Wan Kenobi”?

Simone Kessel, whose earlier works embody the ABC drama “Pine Hole” and “Of Kings and Prophets,” performs Breha in “Obi-Wan Kenobi.” To date, she’s acquired optimistic responses from followers for her convincing portrayal of the nice and cozy maternal determine to the 10-year-old troublemaker Leia.

New episodes of “Obi-Wan Kenobi” hit Disney+ on Wednesdays at 3 a.m. ET till the sequence finale on June 22.

Picture Supply: Getty / Jesse Grant​