Alec Guiness and Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars

The Third Star Wars Spin-Off Will Be Obi-Wan!!!

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This is just breaking from The Hollywood Reporter and I’m going to paste Coming Soon’s thoughts below, but it appears that 2020’s Star Wars film will focus on Obi-Wan Kenobi.  The third “Star Wars Story” film was supposed to have been announced back in June, but when the chaos of the director transition for Han Solo hit, that obviously pushed things back.  We don’t have many immediate details, nor do we have a confirmation that Ewan McGregor is coming back, though he has actively lobbied for an Obi-Wan film and it would seem the obvious place to put one is in the 20 years he spent watching Luke on Tatooine between Episodes III and IV.  Stephen Daldry is set to direct.  I’m not a huge fan of Daldry’s, but if they are indeed going to examine Obi-Wan’s time in the desert and McGregor will return (even prequel haters mostly laud McGregor’s Obi-Wan), then this is something perfect for the anthology films.  Expect follow-ups on this as more details are released.  May 2020 already has a release date (Memorial Day weekend) set for this film.
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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.

The trade reports that Stephen Daldry (Billy ElliotThe HoursThe Reader) is in early talks to helm the feature and with no script in place, he would be able to oversee its development.

What fans have especially been eager for, however, is that Ewan McGregor would reprise as the character, having played him in Episodes 1, 2, and 3 of the franchise. THR notes that no actors are currently attached to the project, but McGregor has previously expressed a lot of interest in returning.

Between the events of Episode III Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV A New Hope, Obi-Wan lived in exile on Tatooine, having delivered the infant Luke Skywalker to his uncle and aunt. We do know that at one point, Owen Lars forbade Kenobi from speaking to Luke for fear that he would turn out like his dad, perhaps a moment that we will see in the upcoming film.

As the Skywalker family story continues to be told in the episodic films of Star WarsLucasfilm has sought to fill in the gaps of events in the franchise and tell origin stories with their standalone movies The first “Star Wars Story” was last year’s Rogue One, which pieced together just how the Rebels were able to get the Death Star plans during the events of Star Wars. The next standalone feature will be the untitled Han Solo movie, which has Ron Howard directing, after replacing Phil Lord and Chris Miller. It has also been previously reported that Lucasfilm is interested in Yoda and Boba Fett-centric movies.
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4 thoughts on “The Third Star Wars Spin-Off Will Be Obi-Wan!!!”

    1. My concern is that not that Ewan won’t sign on, because the man came in to do half of one word for Episode VII, he WANTS this, but Stephen Daldry has never directed anything like this…even remotely this scale, so it seems an odd choice, but who knows who will actually direct it given how the first two spinoffs have gone directorally lol?

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  1. I think the only thing I’ve seen of Daldry’s is The Hours, which I will refrain from commenting on. The musical, Billy Elliot, which he directed on Broadway was wonderful, though I was annoyed that the unsubtle yanking at my heartstrings worked so effectively. Damn Daldry. Obi-Wan the Movie needs to out-Peckenpaugh Peckenpaugh, it needs to top Kurssawa, and this was not the director I had in mind. And yet, somehow, the fact that the director of The Hours is making a SW movie is so bizarre that it’s beutiful. And as long as Prozac, or some analogue, exists in the Galaxy far, far away (and given the sophistication of their prosthetic limbs, why not?) it should be more cheerful than the Hours.

    I only hope they don’t cop out and have Obi-Wan slip away for an adventure off Tatooine, which would be completely unjustifiable in any form and call his wisdom into question.


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