Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm didn’t just bring about the coming of a Star Wars sequel trilogy set in the Skywalker family saga. Part of their slate consists of standalone anthology films that flesh out the galaxy far, far away by telling new stories. Rogue One and the untitled young Han Solo spinoff are the two confirmed anthology projects at this point in time, but with Disney looking to release a new Star Wars movie annually for the foreseeable future, there will definitely be more.
One film that’s frequently rumored is one that centers on Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi, with Ewan McGregor reprising his role from the prequels. In the Star Wars timeline, roughly 19 years separate Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, meaning there would be a lot of ground to explore. McGregor has said in the past he would be more than happy to return to the franchise, and many viewers would like to see him back as well. One took the effort to cut together a fan-made teaser for Kenobi: A Star Wars Story (watch it above), detailing his life on Tatooine.
Posted by Vimeo user Rich Williamson, the preview is scored to John Williams’ track “The Jedi Steps” from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It is primarily composed of footage from the McGregor vehicle Last Days in the Desert, where he played Jesus. This hypothetical film is set up as a drama of self-discovery as Obi-Wan traverses the vast desert, haunted by the memories of his lost friends Padmé Amidala and Anakin Skywalker. He finds guidance in the form of his old master Qui-Gon Jinn, who appears as a Force ghost at the very end.
Williamson’s trailer is certainly compelling, and if Lucasfilm were to make an Obi-Wan spinoff, this would be an interesting direction to go in. The appeal of the anthology films is that they can blend multiple genres and don’t have to be confined to the space opera tone of the numbered episodes. For instance, Rogue One is clearly a war film, while Han Solo is going to be more of an action/comedy (with Phil Lord and Chris Miller directing). Something along the lines of a “meditative Western,” as Williamson describes his project in the Vimeo comments, is definitely a change-of-pace for the franchise and would give audiences a whole new experience.
Regardless if this is the approach the studio would go with, hopefully Kenobi: A Star Wars Story can find its way to theaters eventually. McGregor was one of the best-received aspects of the prequels, and there is much interest in seeing him play the character again. Having him be the focal point of an anthology film would be a great way to complement all that’s shown in the previous movies and flesh Obi-Wan out even further. His time in solitude is one of the great Star Wars mysteries remaining, and there’s bound to be at least one intriguing narrative to pull from this period.
Of course, Kenobi is just one possibility for a standalone film. It was recently announced that new Han Solo Alden Ehrenreich had signed a three picture deal, implying that there could be a trilogy of films about the smuggler. In addition, speculation about a Boba Fett spinoff refuses to die, and J.J. Abrams has mentioned he would love to see a Knights of Ren movie. Time will tell what Lucasfilm green lights, but if they listen to the fans, Obi-Wan will be back in the near future.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in U.S. theaters on December 16, 2016, followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII on December 15, 2017, the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25, 2018, Star Wars: Episode IX in 2019, and the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.