Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm didn't so much open the door of opportunity, but prised open a wormhole the size of the Milky Way galaxy. The Star Wars universe was always vast, of course, but Disney's desire to provide a highly financed conveyer belt of spin-offs has increased the potential to explore every crevice on the big screen.
The potential destinations are endless. But millions around the world didn't fall in love with planets or solar systems, they fell in love with the characters who inhabit Lucas's Force-infused galaxy. Which explains why, when faced with countless possibilities, many still desire more of the characters who were at the heart of the original saga.
When #Disney's anthology series was announced, one of the first names at the front of the queue was Obi-Wan Kenobi. He is, after all, one of the few characters who was an integral part of the original trilogy (played by Alec Guinness) and one of the few to emerge from the prequel series unscathed, thanks to #EwanMcGregor's portrayal.
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Obi-Wan Could Be The Next Anthology
To date, there has been no official word on whether a movie could become a reality. However, Gareth Edwards — director of the first of the spin-offs, Rogue One — has added his voice to the masses by revealing he too would love to see Obi-Wan receive the solo treatment. In an interview with Fandango, he said:
"To be honest, Rogue One is the period I love. It’s connecting to the original New Hope. If someone made other films in that era – and I don’t necessarily think this is happening, I have no inside knowledge – but that desire [is] to see Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Tattooine, basically, I love. As a kid I remember wanting to grow up there; anything in that 'Original Trilogy' era I am just besotted with, and it’s just like going back home to your childhood."
Edwards's obvious enthusiasm for #StarWars is contagious, but aside from his personal fandom, having someone on the inside who sees more storytelling opportunity in Ben Kenobi is a positive sign. And, dare I say it, if Rogue One is a success (current box office projections of over $1 billion suggests so), the director could be in the perfect position to take the intergalactic helm.
McGregor Would Like To Return
An Obi-Wan solo movie would presumably see A-lister Ewan McGregor reprise his role, making it significantly different to the rest of the slate to date; Rogue One dips its toe into the action-filled era between Revenge of the Sith (2005) and A New Hope (1977) but focuses on fresh faces, while the Han Solo anthology features a newcomer Alden Ehrenreich as a younger version of Harrison Ford's character.
McGregor, too, is certainly on board. Rumors circulated in January this year that the 45-year-old was in talks with Disney for an unspecified project, thought to be Star Wars related. In April, the Trainspotting star denied these claims, but in the process revealed he would be more than happy to once again wield a lightsaber. In an interview with Collider, he said:
"I’d very much like to do one too. I think the story between Episode III and Episode IV, I think there’s a story there. I think that’s the Obi-Wan Kenobi movie, if there is one. The one that bridges my Obi-Wan Kenobi and Alec’s Obi-Wan Kenobi because there’s a—I don’t know how long he’s in the desert there, but it’s got to be twenty or thirty years."
Obi-Wan May Feature In The Main Saga Before A Spin-off
The prospect of seeing McGregor return as a Jedi is beyond exciting, and as the man himself says, there are a rich selection of stories to choose from. Edwards wants it, McGregor wants it, fans want it: What's stopping Disney from making Obi-Wan the next spin-off?
On an edition of the Rebel Force Radio podcast, EW writer Anthony Breznican discussed all things Star Wars. And, it looks like Obi-Wan's time in the main saga isn't over yet, with Breznican discussing rumors of his involvement in upcoming episodes. After Star Wars 9, though, he said he "wouldn't be surprised" to see McGregor get his own spin-off. Patience is a virtue.
On the Disney/Lucasfilm upcoming slate, this month's Rogue One will be followed by Star Wars 8 (December 2017), the Han Solo anthology (May 2018), Star Wars 9 (2019) and an as-yet-unknown anthology in 2020 — possibly focusing on Boba Fett.
Considering we can now expect a Star Wars movie yearly from now on, could 2021 be the year McGregor returns?