ByKit Simpson Browne, writer at
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When it comes to Star Wars, rumor is king - at least until we see some sort of trailer for Episode VII. Some are faintly ridiculous, others outright ludicrous, and many so utterly implausible that they might just actually happen.

Then, there are the ones that make so much sense, they really ought to be true. Like, for instance, Making Star Wars' recent revelation regarding Obi Wan Kenobi getting his own standalone movie:

"I’ve heard from quite a few people now that an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie is in the works. For the spin-off movies they were initially going to stay away from any Jedi or Sith characters. But I’m hearing now that because of the popularity of Obi-Wan (fans recently voting for him on the official website etc) that an art team is now working with a writer on concepts for an Obi-Wan movie."

Which would make a whole lot of sense. Especially as the character's prequel portrayer Ewan McGregor has never shied away from expressing an interest in playing Obi Wan again.

Because, duh, LIGHTSABERS.
Because, duh, LIGHTSABERS.

The big question, then, is this: What the heck would it be about?

After all, who's going to pay to see Obi Wan: Rise of the Curmudgeonly Old Sand Hermit?

Assuming, then, that the movie would show more than just Obi Wan's development into Tatooine's leading angry old man, here are our top three picks for potential plotlines:

1. The Western Option

In the Expanded Universe, Obi Wan immediately sets himself up on Tatooine, watching over a baby Luke Skywalker like a lightsaber-wielding hawk. There's no guarantee the chronology will be in any way retained in the new movies - but if it is, we might just see a dark, Western-like fable involving Kenobi, like the one shown in the 2006 short story The Last One Standing, by Jude Watson.

In it, Obi Wan sets out to retrieve some stolen moisture vaporators from a clan of Tusken raiders, and in the process is drawn into a brief battle with the group. Pad that out with some dark, brooding background music, a dash of Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven, and a whole lot more plot, and you've got yourself a very different sort of standalone movie.

2. The Epic Option

Alternatively, if any elements of the Expanded Universe were to be sought for inspiration, there's always Obi Wan's other big adventure during the years preceding the Battle of Yavin: his rescuing of former Padawan Ferus Olin - as featured in Watson's The Last of the Jedi series.

The main selling point? After helping Olin escape the clutches of Imperial forces, Obi Wan and the young man are pursued by none other than Boba freakin' Fett. Now, odds are the filmmakers won't take much from the EU, but if they were going to, then surely having Obi Wan and Boba Fett engage in a galaxy-wide chase/skirmish is about as great as Star Wars could possibly get...

3. The Flashback Option

Both of those suggestions, though, assume that the film would be centered on an older, Ewan McGregor'y Obi Wan. Which seems likely, but is far from set in stone. The other option? Tell a story from Kenobi's youth.

One, say, along the lines of Dave Wolverton's EU effort, Jedi Apprentice: The Rising Force, in which a young Obi Wan is trained by Yoda, but eventually gets too old to become a Jedi Knight. Assigned to be a farmer, Obi Wan is forced to team up with Qui-Gon Jinn. So, a chance for Liam Neeson to return, a younger, more teen-friendly Obi Wan to be cast, and Ewan McGregor to appear in a flashback-prompting framing device?

Stranger things have happened...

Either way, we still just really want [Star Wars: Episode VII](movie:711158) to hurry up and arrive already...


What do you guys think? Which Obi Wan storyline would you like to see?

via Making Star Wars


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