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Since bought Lucasfilm, the company has become a well-oiled machine, constantly churning out new Star Wars material. Their new canon has allowed a lot more connectivity and opportunities for creators to bring in their own storylines for Star Wars fans to enjoy. It has also welcomed a new generation to fully immerse themselves in the galaxy far far away.

Like the film, which was conceived by Lawrence Kasdan, co-writer of both The Force Awakens and Empire Strikes Back, there has been another character that many at Lucasfilm have been trying to crack. And they might just have settled on the right pitch for the long-rumored spinoff movie: Obi-Wan Kenobi.

A 'Kenobi: A Star Wars Story' Movie Might Be In The Works

'Star Wars Rebels' [Credit: Disney–ABC Domestic Television]
'Star Wars Rebels' [Credit: Disney–ABC Domestic Television]

According to Star Wars News Net and Entertainment Weekly's Anthony Breznican, an spin-off film has always been in the cards, but according to the former, Lucasfilm may be confident enough to formally announce the project at Star Wars Celebration Orlando. The convention, which will be held from April 13–16, will celebrate everything Star Wars during its run. More significantly, they will be heralding the original film's 40th anniversary, something which will leave room for a ton of surprises. There have also been discussions about Obi-Wan appearing in the sequel trilogy, but whether that will come to light will be a longer wait.

Keep in mind that this is currently stands as a rumor, but a very plausible one. Unless Star Wars News Net reports off message boards like Reddit and 4Chan, the source is usually on point when it comes to their coverage. And Breznican is one of the best and most well-connected in the business. But to be safe, take this with a grain of salt.

Ewan McGregor Will Reportedly Be Reprising His Role As Obi-Wan Kenobi

'Attack of the Clones' [Credit: Disney / Lucasfilm]
'Attack of the Clones' [Credit: Disney / Lucasfilm]

The report further states that the company intends to bring back as the Jedi Knight. It shouldn't be a surprise as he has been eager to jump back into the role, and it just makes sense from a continuity standpoint.

Over a decade since he last portrayed the character in Revenge of the Sith, McGregor is the perfect age to step back into the franchise, especially since the and Lucasfilm are developing a film set between the original and prequel trilogies. Whether the story will take place before or after his monumental appearance on Star Wars Rebels is still in question.

Lucasfilm Supposedly Wants Gareth Edwards To Direct

'Rogue One' [Credit: Disney / Lucasfilm]
'Rogue One' [Credit: Disney / Lucasfilm]

Though the whole existence of a standalone film is a huge surprise, what may be an even bigger one is the return of Gareth Edwards in the director chair. Known for his work on Godzilla and Rogue One, Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy reportedly wants the director back for another Star Wars story. Through re-shoots and story changes, it seems that Kennedy was very happy with the way the director handled much of the situation, patting the Edwards on the back for being an adaptable director.

Though he may be returning, the teams producing and writing the film will all be different. Hopefully, the director makes it a priority to capture the character, something both of his previous films lacked. Though a new and fresh perspective may be preferred, the film is shaping to seem very different from .

What Could It Be About?

'Kenobi' [Credit: Del Rey]
'Kenobi' [Credit: Del Rey]

All the evidence points to an movie in the works, with Star Wars News Net reporting that promo materials are being prepped for Star Wars Celebration. Due to the good-standing reputation of the site, it is safe to say that this may be more than just a rumor. But what can an Ewan McGregor standalone film set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope be about?

Here's what we know:

  • Ben Kenobi stayed in exile in Tatooine post-Revenge of the Sith.
  • He looked over Luke Skywalker as he grew older.
  • A couple of years before A New Hope, he has his final encounter with Darth Maul.

Knowing these points, it's hard to see where Lucasfilm can go with the character. Since the Maul arc has already been covered it seems that the company may take the character somewhere that fans wouldn't have anticipated. It's possible a threat outside of Tatooine will bring the Jedi Knight out of hiding one last time. It is also possible that a character piece can be made on Tatooine in the vein of Logan. But whatever they decide, it is sure to give fans what they want.

'Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith' [Credit: Disney / Lucasfilm]
'Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith' [Credit: Disney / Lucasfilm]

What do you think the Obi-Wan film will be about?


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