Obi-Wan Kenobi standalone Star Wars film may be on the way

Peter Castro
August 18, 2017

The Hollywood Reporter brings word that the "anthology" branch of Star Wars movies are about to gain another notable addition with the fan-favorite idea of an Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off film.

Sources say talks are at the earliest of stages and that the project has no script. THR notes that no actors are now attached to the project, but McGregor has previously expressed a lot of interest in returning. He's certainly said he's open to it enough in the past, though, so we can only hope Disney wouldn't miss out on the opportunity. After seemingly endless speculation about the possibility of a stand-alone Star Wars film about the Jedi Master Obi-Wan "Ben" Kenobi, it now looks like it is really going to happen.

Disney has placed an emphasis on creating standalone films to complement a central trilogy ever since it purchased Lucasfilm in 2012.

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The Kenobi film would join a slate of Star Wars properties that also includes this December's official sequel, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and rumored films focused on both Yoda and Boba Fett.

Over the course the the next two films - Attack Of The Clones (2002) and Revenge Of The Sith (2005), he is seen mentoring, befriending and ultimately being betrayed by Luke's father Anakin, who would become the Dark Lord of the Sith. Directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were fired over their handling of the upcoming Han Solo film and were replaced days later by director Ron Howard. With no actor attached the role, which was originated by Sir Alec Guinness (who earned an Oscar nomination for his performance), we could be looking at a Han Solo-like, never-ending casting call to fill Kenobi's iconic robes. "There's no official offer, and I haven't met them about it or anything", he told Entertainment Weekly earlier this tear.

"It would be a good segue between the last episode of the prequels and the new episodes", McGregor said.

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