'Star Wars' Obi Wan spin-off in the works: US media

Danny Woods
August 19, 2017

British actor Ewan McGregor, who portrayed the character in the Star Wars prequel trilogy had previously met with Lucasfilm, possibly about the role of which he is keen to reprise, but was unable (likely contractually prohibited, aka non-disclosure agreement) to elaborate on the topic of discussion at said meeting (see video below). Along with an untitled Han Solo standalone movie getting into the wraps by the new director, Ron Howard, the movie about the Jedi master will be joining the ever extending Star Wars Universe.

The Hollywood Reporter said Daldry will be part of the team overseeing the development and writing if the deal is to go ahead. Fans seem to want it, since they've been asking the question, too.

That's important: EW's sources say there's still an "if" involved, but yes - we can confirm this is a movie that's being actively explored as a possible stand-alone beyond 2019's Episode IX.

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015) - the first release in the main saga for a decade - was followed in 2016 by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - the first of the spin-offs.

Director Stephen Daldry directed "Billy Elliott" and "The Hours", among other works. He's not known as an action or sci-fi filmmaker, but he has a history of exploring characters who live within a regiment social structure but remain rebellious at heart.

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Speculation over an Obi-Wan spin-off has been circulating for as long as the plan for the three anthology films has been public. "It would be a good segue between the last episode of the prequels and the new episodes".

If Ben Kenobi's past is represented in the new saga, the filmmakers will need to sort that out before going back to those earlier years.

"In the original Star Wars trilogy, Kenobi is a desert-dwelling and war-weary hermit who later proves to be a wise and powerful warrior, brandishing a lightsaber".

Together these two snippets of news suggest that Lucasfilm may indeed be developing an Obi Wan movie, with McGregor attached to star, and likely to feature Luke Skywalker as a child in a supporting role.

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