Following the Star Wars Anthology Series, there have so far been three projects that have been scheduled to be released within the next few years and two of those have already been confirmed – an unnamed standalone Han Solo film and Rogue One – the latter has already begun their filming in Pinewood Studios, London, and is set to be released this time next year with Gareth Edwards as the man behind the cameras. We already know a fair deal about the two films, such as the cast for Rogue One, and we know that auditions for a young Han Solo have begun with various different actors out to tackle the role. However, the third project has been kind of left in the dust in the wake of its sister films.
On February the 5th, 2013, Bob Igor, CEO of The Walt Disney Company announced on CNBC that two untitled films were to be released, one of those which has eventually become the standalone Han Solo film which will be written by Lawrence Kasdan, and the other being an unnamed project penned by Simon Kinberg... The following year it was announced that Josh Trank would be directing the film, with Trank and the film being scheduled to feature at the Celebration Anaheim on April the 19th, 2015. Later, it was revealed that Trank's appearance would be cancelled and the convention was solely focused on Gareth Edwards' Rogue One. Later in the same year it was announced that Trank had dropped out of the project altogether. Although there was never anything confirmed by Trank or Disney regarding the project, rumours circulated that the film would have been dedicated as a standalone Boba Fett feature which would have originally been scheduled to be released in 2018, within recent years its been said that the project is still in the workings, however the film has been pushed forward to a 2020 release.
Despite nothing has been confirmed, or otherwise changed, people have speculated that a standalone Obi-Wan Kenobi film could be in the workings from behind the scenes, but again this is just fan speculation and nothing has been set in stone for the future. But having said that, we've seen already the Ewan McGregor has already stressed interests for his return to the Star Wars universe. And the ultimate question is, what would you enjoy more? A Boba Fett or Obi-Wan Kenobi film? It's quite a hard question for any Star Wars fan to answer, buts it's interesting to see what the people think about this particular matter.
Which character would be most interesting to see in a standalone film?
One of the most important questions to answer before any other is, which character has the potential to have a standalone film, and why would one deserve it other the other? To be honest, I found it quite shocking that the Disney—LucasFilm brand would want to create a standalone Han Solo film on top of a standalone Boba Fett film, or vice versa. The universe that these two characters surround themselves in are very similar, I mean, perhaps even as close to conflict one another in terms of the films, and of course where you set the timelines. Its no surprise that Boba Fett and Han Solo would be acquainted way before Star Wars: Episode VI — A New Hope and the two additional films that followed, their scenarios and stories intertwine in many different levels, both of them are involved in the same criminal lifestyle, the small difference is that one is a smuggler and the other is a bounty hunter. Both have been known to work for Jabba the Hutt. If they were to make a standalone Han Solo film for the anthology series, I would be more comfortable with Boba Fett starring as the main antagonist than him getting a complete different film to himself.
I think out of the two characters, I would say Obi-Wan Kenobi is the most deserving for a standalone film in the anthology series, and because of the reason mentioned above would probably be the most interesting character to see in a standalone film. There are numerous different stories you could follow in terms of Obi-Wan, but overall it would be good to capture his journeys on Tatooine, as a Jedi stricken by isolation and inactivity. The struggles that he had to face in terms of becoming a hermit and having to occasionally step into the limelight to defend the locals from Jabba's ruthless regime, and not to mention keep the Tusken Raiders at bay. As seen in Marvel's new line of comic books, there is no particular issue that covers a throwback to Luke Skywalker's childhood, growing up in the Lars household and we get the sense that Obi-Wan is kicking himself because he can't train the child. However, he penned a diary, if you will, that logged most of his adventures and journeys that was ultimately left behind for Luke Skywalker to collect once he had reached a certain age. Apart from this, there are hundreds of other instances to follow in terms of storyline and timeline, and with an eager Ewan McGregor. Why not?