Published: Mon, August 21, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Obi-Wan Kenobi reportedly getting a stand-alone movie

Obi-Wan Kenobi reportedly getting a stand-alone movie

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).

The trade notes that Billy Elliot and director Stephen Daldry is in "early talks" with Disney about the project, which will follow next year's standalone Han Solo film.

LOS ANGELES | Walt Disney Co is developing a "Star Wars" standalone movie based on the beloved character of Obi-Wan Kenobi, the wise and noble Jedi master, The Hollywood Reporter and Variety reported on Thursday. He has since directed several other successful films including The Hours, The Reader, and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

But beyond even the possibility of a Daldry-helmed Obi-Wan Kenobi film is the fact that Lucasfilm is making an Obi-Wan Kenobi film at all.

This is not the first time news of an Obi-Wan Kenobi standalone film has made rounds online. Can Star Wars ever not be about the Force?

An origins film is by far the easiest option, following Obi-Wan's backstory as he becomes Qui-Gon Jinn's apprentice and discovers his Jedi powers.

The Clone Wars period is by far the less probable, given that it has already been explored in an animated series.

"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". That theory seems more plausible now in light of the timing of this news just months away from Last Jedi's release. "Are the spinoffs really meant to be a chance to tell new stories, maybe with radically different approaches and styles from past Star Wars films, or are they simply addendums to the mainstream Skywalker Saga films and thus have to fall in line with the vibe and direction of those entries?"

Lucasfilm, citing "creative differences", replaced the pair behind the Jump Street films and The Lego Movie with veteran director Ron Howard, and the project is now said to be back on track.

Star Wars has rocked audience for over four decades now but the movie has hardly lost any steam.

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