Ewan McGregor reiterates he would be up to reprise Obi-Wan Kenobi in a Star Wars spinoff movie, should such a project ever come to fruition. For a number of years, the Jedi Knight has been rumored to receive his own standalone film, chronicling the years between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. McGregor's performance as young Obi-Wan in the prequels was well-received, so fans are very interested in seeing the actor return. Unfortunately, nothing has ever officially moved forward.
The closest Obi-Wan got to getting off the ground was last year, when it was reported Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot) was in talks to direct. But following the underwhelming commercial performance of Solo: A Star Wars Story, Lucasfilm allegedly put "legacy character" spinoffs (like Obi-Wan and Boba Fett) on hold as they rethink their strategy. It remains to be seen if an Obi-Wan movie will ever happen, but the studio can rest assured McGregor is game for a comeback.
Screen Rant attended round table interviews for McGregor's new film, Christopher Robin, where the actor was of course asked about his future in Star Wars. For those who have been following this story from the beginning, his comments should sound quite familiar:
"I don't know anything more about it than you do I'm afraid to say. I really don't, but I'd be up for it. You know that."
It remains to be seen how the Star Wars film slate shapes up after Episode IX debuts next December. The only other Lucasfilm movie officially on Disney's schedule is 2021's Indiana Jones 5, so the studio has some moves to make in the near future. While they have been mum on the likes of Obi-Wan and Boba Fett, they have confirmed projects like Rian Johnson's Star Wars trilogy, and another series developed by Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff & D.B. Weiss. It looks like Lucasfilm is taking a page out of Kylo Ren's playbook and leaving the past behind once the Skywalker saga concludes. If the franchise is to continue to thrive for years to come, exploring fresh horizons and telling new stories seems like the smart way to go. This isn't to say Obi-Wan will never happen, but it doesn't appear to be a priority at this point in time.
While it would be great to see McGregor portray Obi-Wan again, it wouldn't necessarily be the worst turn of events if it never came to be. The character's life has already been covered very extensively throughout the various mediums in canon, and he'll appear in the newest season of The Clone Wars and a novel by Claudia Gray. Because of this, there are only so many ways an Obi-Wan movie can go, and even then, it's worth wondering if the hook is strong enough to carry a two-hour film. There's no denying Kenobi is a great character integral to Star Wars lore, but his story may be complete.
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