'Star Wars' Spinoff Film About Obi-Wan Kenobi is in the Works

Thursday, 17 August 2017 - 7:46PM
Star Wars
Thursday, 17 August 2017 - 7:46PM
'Star Wars' Spinoff Film About Obi-Wan Kenobi is in the Works
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Ever since Lucasfilm announced they'd be releasing separate Star Wars stories in between the main saga films, rumors that Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi would be getting his own movie have constantly surfaced, been struck down, and returned more powerfully than you could ever imagine.

Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Lucasfilm is finally beginning work on that mythical Obi-Wan spin-off and entering early talks with a possible director. While Disney has yet to publicly give the movie a green light, multiple news outlets are citing insider reports that the movie is now moving forward. Although it doesn't even have a script yet, so it's got a long ways to go.

The director in question is Stephen Daldry, and while he doesn't have a long record of sci-fi or genre films, he does have several Oscar-nominated films under his belt like Billy Elliott, The Hours, and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. That makes it tough to predict what sort of movie Obi-Wan could be, since Star Wars films don't usually show up at the Oscars (beyond VFX awards), but if negotiations work out, an experienced filmmaker would be at the helm.

Who's not currently in talks for the movie is Ewan McGregor, who played Master Kenobi throughout the prequel films. That doesn't mean McGregor won't end up being involved - unlike Alec Guinness and his negative attitude toward Star Wars, McGregor has stated many times that a solo Obi-Wan movie sounds like fun, and that he'd love to come back and reprise the role.


And if Obi-Wan ends up being set after the prequel films while Kenobi is on Tatooine, then the 46 year-old McGregor is the perfect age to play an aging Obi-Wan in some sort of space western story, dealing with all the unsavory folk and Tusken Raiders who live around him. There's no guarantee the movie would be set at that point, but that's really the only part of Obi-Wan's life that other movies or The Clone Wars haven't covered in-depth, unless we're getting a movie about a Force ghost.

It was previously speculated that Lucasfilm and Disney were avoiding this movie because Obi-Wan's story wasn't finished yet in the main saga, a notion that fired up the imaginations of all the "Rey is a Kenobi" theorists. That theory seems less likely now, especially since Rey's parents will indeed be revealed in The Last Jedi, and if such a reveal was made, you'd think they'd want to make an Obi-Wan movie for the year after, if they planned to make one at all. 

Since Lucasfilm and Disney have their schedule planned out from this December's The Last Jedi through Han Solo in 2018 and Episode IX in 2019, there's almost no chance that we'd be getting this movie before 2020, at the earliest. But if Obi-Wan could wait on Tatooine for nearly two decades until Luke Skywalker grew up, you can wait a few more years for his movie.

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