Proof that Lucasfilm listens to its fans, The Hollywood Reporter just broke the news that a Star Wars stand-alone film centered on Obi-Wan Kenobi is in the works. The movie would focus on Obi-Wan Kenobi, the Jedi padawan of Qui-Gon Jinn, in Star Wars: Phantom Menace who fans followed through the Clone Wars animated series and the original Star Wars film in 1977.
The role has been played by four different actors, Alec Guinness in Episode IV, Ewan McGregor in the prequel trilogy, James Arnold Taylor voiced Obi-Wan in the Clone Wars animated series, and Stephen Stanton voiced the older Obi-Wan in the Star Wars Rebels animated series.
THR reports that Oscar-nominated director Stephen Daldry has been in talks with Lucasfilm and Disney to helm the movie. Right now there is not even a script, but there is a willingness by McGregor to reprise his role. Which is probably important.
If a Kenobi movie was to be made, there is a recently published novel, titled Kenobi, that might be a good starting point for the script. It’s not canon, but they can derive inspiration from it. It’s set on Tatooine, during the period Kenobi is watching over the Skywalker child, but is full of suspense, drama, and it has a good timely message as well.
As to where this would slot into Star Wars films current schedule? There is currently a 2020 slot open for an anthology stand-alone film. There are no other Star Wars films currently announced and the last film in the original trilogy of trilogies would debut May 2019. After that, nothing has been announced except a desire by Disney to continue producing Star Wars films at the rate of one a year.
It would be great to have a film focused on Obi-Wan Kenobi. He’s always been one of my favorite characters in the Skywalker saga. Ewan McGregor will be 49 in 2020 and Alec Guiness was 63 when he first performed the role of Obi-Wan. So there’s still a lot of room for Lucasfilm to play with.
How do you feel about this news Star Wars fans?