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.
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.
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:
|2000||Talk to Taka||Co-producer|
|2001||Pearl Harbor||Listener/Japanese Translator|
|2002||Better Luck Tomorrow||Han Lue||Associate producer|
|2004||9:30||Chan Kin Fai||Short film|
|2006||The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift||Han Lue|
|2007||Finishing the Game||Cole Kim|
|2007||Live Free or Die Hard||Raj|
|2009||Fast & Furious||Han Lue|
|2009||Los Bandoleros||Han Lue||Short film|
|2009||Clap Clap||Roy||Short film|
|2011||Fast Five||Han Lue|
|2011||4 Wedding Planners||Kai|
|2012||Bullet to the Head||Taylor Kwon|
|2013||Fast & Furious 6||Han Lue|
|2013||The Come Up||Douchey Actor||Short film|
|2015||Furious 7||Han Lue||Archive footage|
|2016||Pali Road||Mitch Kayne|
|2016||The Free World||Detective Shin|
|2016||Code 8||Officer Alex Park||Short film|
|2019||Code 8||Officer Alex Park|
|2020||We Can Be Heroes||Blinding Fast|
|2021||Raya and the Last Dragon||Dang Hai (voice)|
|2023||Fast X||Han Lue|
|2024||Fast & Furious 10 Part 2||Han Lue|
As for his television roles, they include:
|1999||Felicity||Student||Episode: “The Love Bug”|
|2000||Martial Law||Xian Law||Last 3 episodes|
|2001||NYPD Blue||Asian Uniform||Episode: “Fools Russian”|
|2002||Girlfriends||Bartender||Episode: “Getting Our Acts Together”|
|2002||Spin City||Jordan||Episode: “Look Who’s Not Talking”|
|2003||The Shield||Malcom Rama||Episode: “Scar Tissue”|
|2004||Threat Matrix||Ray Lee||Episode: “PPX”|
|2004||Cold Case||Sen Dhiet/Varin Toan||Episode: “Who’s Your Daddy”|
|2004||Without a Trace||Deke||Episode: “Nickel and Dimed: Part 2”|
|2005||Monk||Mr. Huang (Disciple)||Episode: “Mr. Monk vs. the Cobra”|
|2006–2008||MADtv||President Gin Kew Yun Chun Yew Nee||4 episodes|
|2006||Standoff||David Lau||Episode: “Shanghai’d”|
|2006||CSI: Miami||Lee Choi||Episode: “Death Pool 100”|
|2008||Knight Rider||Johnny Chang||Episode: “Journey to the End of the Knight”|
|2008||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Jang||Episode: “Say Uncle”|
|2009||Monk||Vince Kuramoto||Episode: “Mr. Monk on Wheels”|
|2009||Mental||Jimmy||Episode: “Rainy Days”|
|2010||Easy to Assemble||Sung Skjulstad / Sung Skjulestad||Webseries, 3 episodes|
|2012||Acting for Action with Sung Kang||Himself||TV mini-series, director, producer, writer|
|2014||Robot Chicken||Jack Skellington / Stratos (voice)||Episode: “Link’s Sausages”|
|2014||Gang Related||Tae Kim||Main Role|
|2016||Family Guy||Soap Opera Actor (voice)||Episode: “Candy, Quahog Marshmallow”|
|2016||Hawaii Five-0||Dae Wan||Episode: “O Ke Ali’i Wale No Ka’u Makemake”|
|2017–2020||Power||Assistant U.S. Attorney John Mak||Main Role (Season 4, 5, 6)|
|2018||Magnum P.I.||Lieutenant Yoshi Tanaka||Episode: “I Saw the Sun Rise”|
|2019||Whiskey Cavalier||Daniel Lou||Episode: “Two of a Kind”|
|2020||Power Book II: Ghost||Assistant U.S. Attorney John Mak||Recurring Role|
|2021||Lisey’s Story||Officer Dan Boeckman|
|2022||Obi-Wan Kenobi||The Fifth Brother|