Is Benedict Wong in Obi-Wan Kenobi? (& Who Is the Masked Fifth Brother?)

Is Benedict Wong in Obi-Wan Kenobi? (& Who Is the Masked Fifth Brother?)

Disney+’s Obi-Wan Kenobi miniseries has just premiered and people seem to be quite satisfied, despite a slow start. Ewan McGregor has finally returned to the role that made him famous and fans around the world are happy to have him back. But, there is also some confusion about the casting of the new Star Wars miniseries. Namely, fans who have seen the first two episodes of the show were unsure whether the MCU alumni Benedict Wong played a smaller role in the series or not. In this article, we are going to reveal everything about it.

Benedict Wong does not appear in Obi-Wan Kenobi. The character that looks somewhat similar to Benedict Wong, and whose appearance confused fans, is the enigmatic Fifth Brother. But, as we know, the Fifth Brother is not played by Benedict Wong, but rather by Sung Kang, a different Korean-American actor.

The rest of this article is going to focus on both Sung Kang, as we are going to tell you who he is, and his role in Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re going to find out all the details about his role, as well as the character’s fate in the Obi-Wan Kenobi miniseries. Be careful, though, as we are going to reveal a lot of spoilers in the upcoming paragraphs.

Is Benedict Wong in Obi-Wan Kenobi?

Obi-Wan Kenobi‘s first two episodes raised more questions about the show’s casting than the show’s plot, which is a very interesting turn of events. And while we have already discussed Flea’s role in Obi-Wan Kenobi, there seems to be an additional casting issue related to another character from the series.

The character in question is the Fifth Brother. The Fifth Brother was an Inquisitor of the Galactic Empire. During the Great Jedi Purge he was subordinate to the Grand Inquisitor and after his death, 4 years before the Battle of Yavin, to the Sith Lord Darth Vader. Like the other Inquisitors, he was tasked with finding and killing the remaining members of the Jedi Order in the galaxy. In addition, it was also the task of the Inquisitors to find Force-sensitive children and prevent them from becoming Jedi.

The Fifth Brother carried a double-bladed red lightsaber that closely resembled the Grand Inquisitor’s lightsaber. Together with the Seventh Sister, he was sent by Vader, on the Emperor’s orders, after the death of the Grand Inquisitor to hunt down the rebels surrounding the former Jedi Kanan Jarrus and Ahsoka Tano. He finally met his end on Malachor at the hands of Maul.

Is Benedict Wong in Obi-Wan Kenobi? (& Who Is the Masked Fifth Brother?)

If you observed the series carefully, you’ll certainly have noticed that the Fifth Brother looks a lot like Benedict Wong, the MCU alumni known for the role of Wong in Doctor Strange. Now, the Fifth Brother does look like Benedict Wong, that cannot be denied, especially with all the makeup. On top of that, Star Wars is now owned by Disney, like the MCU, so it wouldn’t be strange for Wong to appear in a Star Wars-related show. But is that Wong?

No, it is not. This is bad news for those who were hopeful that Wong is going to appear in Obi-Wan Kenobi. Namely, the Fifth Brother is played by another Korean-American actor, Sung Kang, and as far as we know, Benedict Wong won’t be in the show in any capacity.

Who is playing the Fifth Brother in Obi-Wan Kenobi?

As we have established, the enigmatic Fifth Brother is played by Sung Kang. Kang was born in Gainesville, Georgia, the son of South Korean immigrants. His first leading role was as Han Lue in Better Luck Tomorrow in which he played a member of a fringe gang. He reprised his role as Han Lue in The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift, in Fast & Furious 3.5, Fast & Furious, Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6.

He was one of the stars in The Motel, where he played Sam Kim. He also had a role in Jet Li’s movie War playing an FBI agent, and appeared as Doran, a son of Genghis Khan in the movie Forbidden Warrior. On MADtv, Sung played the role of the narcissistic President Gin Kew Yun Chun Yew Nee in a Korean drama parody called Tae Do. He also had a small role in the action movie Live Free or Die Hard.

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Kang appears in a music video for the popular Korean boy band G.o.d. He owns a restaurant called Saketini in Brentwood, Los Angeles, California It offers a wide range of Pacific Rim foods and has Eun San Yi as its head chef. Kang says that before playing Han in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift he was not aware of the drifting subculture that exists in Japan.

It wasn’t until he began researching for the role that he learned that drifting’s popularity now spans the globe. As an American actor, Kang has said that one of the things he dislikes most about Hollywood is the stereotypes that Eastern actors face when auditioning for a role.

His cinematic credits include:

YearTitleRoleNotes
2000Talk to TakaCo-producer
2001Pearl HarborListener/Japanese Translator
2002Better Luck TomorrowHan LueAssociate producer
2002Antwone FisherReceptionist
20049:30Chan Kin FaiShort film
2004Forbidden WarriorDoran
2005The MotelSam
2006The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo DriftHan Lue
2006UndoingSamuelProducer
2007WarGoi
2007Finishing the GameCole Kim
2007Live Free or Die HardRaj
2009Fast & FuriousHan Lue
2009Los BandolerosHan LueShort film
2009Ninja AssassinHollywood
2009Clap ClapRoyShort film
2011Fast FiveHan Lue
20114 Wedding PlannersKai
2012Sunset StoriesJP
2012Bullet to the HeadTaylor Kwon
2013Fast & Furious 6Han Lue
2013The Come UpDouchey ActorShort film
2015EdenConnie
2015Furious 7Han LueArchive footage
2015Hollywood AdventuresManny
2016Pali RoadMitch Kayne
2016The Free WorldDetective Shin
2016Code 8Officer Alex ParkShort film
2017Party BoatGreg
2019Code 8Officer Alex Park
2020We Can Be HeroesBlinding Fast
2021Raya and the Last DragonDang Hai (voice)
2021F9Han Lue
2021SnakeheadRambo
2023Fast X Han Lue
2024Fast & Furious 10 Part 2 Han Lue

As for his television roles, they include:

YearTitleRoleNotes
1999FelicityStudentEpisode: “The Love Bug”
2000Martial LawXian LawLast 3 episodes
2001NYPD BlueAsian UniformEpisode: “Fools Russian”
2002GirlfriendsBartenderEpisode: “Getting Our Acts Together”
2002Spin CityJordanEpisode: “Look Who’s Not Talking”
2003The ShieldMalcom RamaEpisode: “Scar Tissue”
2004Threat MatrixRay LeeEpisode: “PPX”
2004Cold CaseSen Dhiet/Varin ToanEpisode: “Who’s Your Daddy”
2004Without a TraceDekeEpisode: “Nickel and Dimed: Part 2”
2005MonkMr. Huang (Disciple)Episode: “Mr. Monk vs. the Cobra”
2006–2008MADtvPresident Gin Kew Yun Chun Yew Nee4 episodes
2006StandoffDavid LauEpisode: “Shanghai’d”
2006CSI: MiamiLee ChoiEpisode: “Death Pool 100”
2008Samurai Girl
2008Knight RiderJohnny ChangEpisode: “Journey to the End of the Knight”
2008CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationJangEpisode: “Say Uncle”
2009MonkVince KuramotoEpisode: “Mr. Monk on Wheels”
2009MentalJimmyEpisode: “Rainy Days”
2010Easy to AssembleSung Skjulstad / Sung SkjulestadWebseries, 3 episodes
2012Acting for Action with Sung KangHimselfTV mini-series, director, producer, writer
2014Robot ChickenJack Skellington / Stratos (voice)Episode: “Link’s Sausages”
2014Gang RelatedTae KimMain Role
2016Family GuySoap Opera Actor (voice)Episode: “Candy, Quahog Marshmallow”
2016Hawaii Five-0Dae WanEpisode: “O Ke Ali’i Wale No Ka’u Makemake”
2017–2020PowerAssistant U.S. Attorney John MakMain Role (Season 4, 5, 6)
2018Magnum P.I.Lieutenant Yoshi TanakaEpisode: “I Saw the Sun Rise”
2019Whiskey CavalierDaniel LouEpisode: “Two of a Kind”
2020Power Book II: GhostAssistant U.S. Attorney John MakRecurring Role
2021Lisey’s StoryOfficer Dan Boeckman
2022Obi-Wan KenobiThe Fifth Brother

  • Arthur S. Poe has been fascinated by fiction ever since he saw Digimon and read Harry Potter as a child. Since then, he has seen several thousand movies and anime, read several hundred books and comics, and played several hundred games of all genres.