It's been so exciting to be a new Star Wars fan this past year and a half. I mention it every time I write a Star Wars related article, but it's just been so much fun being a part of that fandom, even if I am a little late in the game. Seeing how the universe is growing and how Disney is going to build Star Wars up to the same kind of success that they have so far with Marvel Cinematic Universe.
We're finally getting an Episode VII, VII, and IX, we're getting Star Wars Anthology movies like the Rogue One film due out next year and another Anthology installment two years after that which is rumored to focus on both Han Solo and Boba Fett. Let's not forget the awesome novels, comics, animated shows, and (hopefully) video games that have been coming out or are due out in the coming months/years!
There's so much that a Star Wars fan can dream up and imagine for the future of the Star Wars franchise, and those dreams and imaginings aren't going to be considered unrealistic anymore, anything could happen!
My Old Star Wars Movie Wish-List
Back in December, I wrote my first Star Wars related article and I listed the 10 Star Wars spin-off films that I'd like to see (Click HERE to read). The third character of my wish list to have their own spin-off films was Obi-Wan Kenobi.
I mentioned how I thought that it would be cool to follow Obi-Wan's story after the events of Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, I mentioned that it would be cool to have Ewan McGregor reprise his role, and mentioned really just bridging the gap between both Episodes III and IV.
Well, it would seem that the guys over at schmoesknow.com have received an inside scoop or rumblings of a scoop to say the least. Obviously, everything from here on out needs to be taken with a pinch of salt, but apparently, Disney are now in talks with Ewan McGregor to not only make an Obi-Wan Kenobi film, but a whole trilogy dedicated to the old master of Anakin Skywalker and short time mentor to Luke Skywalker.
Those guys mentioned everything that I've wanted to see happen from the story bridging part of the gap between Episodes III and IV to Ewan McGregor reprising his role. But the buck doesn't stop there! In this trilogy, apparently, Obi-Wan would watch over a maturing Luke Skywalker, which makes sense since Luke knew who Obi-Wan as "Old Ben Kenobi" in the Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope before he discovered he was a Jedi in an older time.
The films would be stand-alone adventures and apparently would feature character like Owen Lars or Luke came to know him, "Uncle Owen". This may seem insignificant to some, but I think it would be important to the stories, especially if Obi-Wan is watching over Luke from a distance.
We can see how Owen Lars comes to not have such a low impression of the old Jedi. We know this because he told Luke that "that wizard is just a crazy old man". We could see the arguments between characters like Lars and Obi-Wan really get heated as Obi-Wan may suggest to give Luke the lightsaber but Lars would refuse and actually go on to state:
Owen Lars to Obi-Wan Kenobi: "I won't allow it. I won't have Luke follow you on some damn fool idealistic crusade like his father did!"
This obviously a play on the quote that Alec Guinness' Obi-Wan from when he first gives Luke the lightsaber in Episode IV.
Schmoesknow.com goes on to mention that Owen Lars may not be the only returning character to the Star Wars films, but that also an old enemy of Obi-Wan's would/could also be making an appearance: Darth Maul.
For those of you who watched only the movies, you're probably thinking: "How could he come back? He was sliced in half in Episode I!" Well, that is true, but if you watch the animated Clone Wars series, you'll also know that Darth Maul returns.
He poses quite a few problems for the heroes in the animated series but his story is definitely left open-ended and so they could definitely finish his story or at the very least, further it in some way.
It would be cool to have these two reunite in film though, both of them are equally damaged in some way. Darth Maul witnessed his brother, Savage Opress, die at the hands of Darth Sidious and Obi-Wan witnessed his master, Qui-Gon Jinn, die from the hand of Darth Maul.
Speaking of Qui-Gon Jinn, if they're going to make a Kenobi trilogy of films, it wouldn't be a bad idea to feature Liam Neeson as a Force Ghost or even just a voice in the Force that speaks to Obi-Wan at different times through the movies, similar to how both Obi-Wan and Yoda would speak to Luke.
This wouldn't be a new thing for Obi-Wan either was we know that Qui-Gon Jinn had appeared to Obi-Wan during a few episodes of Clone Wars. That character, too, had been voiced by Liam Neeson. I don't think it would be hard to get Liam Neeson to come back either, as he already stated that he would be open to returning to the Star Wars universe. When Yahoo! Movies asked the actor if he'd be open to returning he said:
“Yeah, I’d say so. Yeah, that would be terrific. I certainly loved shooting the prequel [‘Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace’] but that was many years ago now. I don’t know [how he would return], unless you went back in time or he becomes a hologram or something. He’s a Jedi, anything could happen, it’s Star Wars world!”
There's obviously a lot that they could do with Obi-Wan's character and I'd love to see that explored on film again. Ewan McGregor was one of the better parts of the prequel trilogy and it would be a great to see him get to the Star Wars films he deserves.
But this is all rumor, speculation, and wishful thinking at this point for the most part. We'll obviously know more in the coming years, after seeing the success of how these knew movies go, if we'll be getting to see Ewan McGregor return to the role of Obi-Wan in his very own trilogy; I feel that he as an actor could carry the film and I think there is no lack of story possibilities that they could tap into.
So what are your guys' thoughts on all this? Did you like Ewan McGregor's portrayel of Obi-Wan? Would you like to see him get his own trilogy? Should it just be one movie? Or do you think that they shouldn't even bother? As usual, sound of in the comments below with your thoughts and very strong opinions (I'll brace myself) and don't forget to vote in the poll!
Would you like to see Ewan McGregor return for a Kenobi film trilogy?