For years, Star Wars fans have begged Lucasfilm to make an Obi-Wan Kenobi standalone film. It seems that our wish has finally been granted.
News is circulating that Disney and Lucasfilm are in early talks to produce an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Oscar-nominated director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Crown) is in early talks to helm the project. There is no confirmation yet that Ewan McGregor will star, although it would be shocking if this weren't the case. His younger, less jaded version of the character remains the most beloved aspect of the prequel trilogy.
"I’ve always thought there was a story to tell between my last one and Alec Guinness’ first one... It would be fun to film that story now I’m older. I’d be the right age. I’m forty-five, Alec Guinness was what, sixty? I could do two of them!"
The Obi-Wan film would be part of the Star Wars anthology series, which includes Rogue One and the upcoming Han Solo origin story. The next episode of the central Skywalker saga, The Last Jedi, opens in theaters December 15.
While the news is very exciting, talks have not been finalized, there is no script, and (again) McGregor hasn't signed on yet. But if a director as talented as Stephen Daldry does join the project, it would be a very good sign. We can't wait to hear Obi-Wan Kenobi once again say, "Hello there."
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