Disney is getting busier and busier putting distance between them and their competition. Now there's a rumor per Schmoes Know that Ewan McGregor is having conversations with the mega-studio about reprising his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi. No doubt when McGregor wrapped up filming Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith there wouldn't be a consideration that he'd be reprising his role as the Jedi Master again. In months after Disney purchased the franchise from George Lucas, McGregor spent a short time emphasizing his desire for an Obi-Wan stand-alone film in 2013, looks like his efforts were noticed.
This is great news for Star Wars fans who found McGregor to be one of the few great pieces of the prequels. Fans also loved the older and original Old Ben played by Alec Guinness in 1977 and an older McGregor just might be a perfect blend or reach to combining both the older Obi-Wan with the one he's responsible for creating in the prequels.
I can't wait to get a glimpse of the years between the prequels and the original trilogy for Obi-Wan Kenobi! I was already excited to hear about the legendary and most iconic minor character in Star Wars history in Boba Fett getting his own film.
Josh Trank already dropped out of a Star Wars project and finding directors for Star Wars projects might prove trickier than originally anticipated. Like Trank is now claiming, that the anticipation and stress related to such a high demand and highly criticized project like Star Wars might keep talented directors far from a contract. It's not something I've considered before, having such reverence for the genre, let alone Star Wars itself, but I suppose the fans' expectations mixed with the studio tampering with the story could cause an enormous amount of stress.
J.J. Abrams (Star Trek) is going to kick off the all-new and Disney owned vision of Star Wars with "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" in December 2015. After that we'll get "Star Wars: Rogue One", directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla), which will be Star Wars' first official spin-off film. A sequel to Force Awakens is due in 2017 and doesn't have a subtitle attached to the project yet but will be written and directed by Rian Johnson (Looper).
Rumors were recently added that Billy Dee Williams will be reprising his role as Lando Calrissian and we might see our first female Sith. The origins of these rumors have proven difficult but the earliest report I can find about a possible Lando appearance is found in several Googled articles referencing a quote by The Sun newspaper in 2013 by an "insider":
"It will be a fun cameo. Billy's definitely up for it."
While I don't mind Lando, I never was a huge fan. I had way too many favorites ahead of him. Seeing him would be fun and nostalgic, but wouldn't feel necessary. In 2013 Billy Dee Williams said:
"Rebels... oh wait I'm not supposed to talk about that am I?"
Can't wait for Disney's Star Wars to become a regular, and annual event, sprinkled in with all my favorite comic book movies, my inner nerd won't know how to deal with it all!
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