Speaking at the 2018 Golden Globes, Ewan McGregor maintains that talk of an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie is still "just talk", to the best of his knowledge. Last year, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy teased that the next Star Wars spin-off would be confirmed by Summer 2017. Obviously, that did not happen, but the studio continues to plan the future of the Star Wars franchise, well beyond the current sequel trilogy, meaning that more anthology projects will be rolling out in the coming years.
As of now, there is a slew of Star Wars spin-off supposedly in the works. Among the rumored ones are a Boba Fett movie, a younger Master Yoda project, and even an underground Jabba the Hutt adventure. Star Wars: The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson is also developing a separate trilogy from the main saga. Amidst all this, there is no project as clamored for and as practical as an Obi-Wan Kenobi solo film. One simple online search and everything from fan-made posters, to trailers imagining McGregor donning his iconic Jedi robes and wielding his blue lightsaber again, is proof that many fans are anticipating the Star Wars prequel trilogy star's return to the space opera franchise.
Despite all this, McGregor is still very much in the dark about any such potential Obi-Wan solo movie, according to the actor himself. Reporter Yvonne Villarreal caught up with the Fargo star on the Golden Globes red carpet, he reveals that the much-anticipated film is nothing but "talks."
Ewan McGregor on talk that he's returning as Obi Wan-Kenobi: "It's just that. There’s a lot of talk. I'd be happy to play him again. I don’t know any more about it more than you do. I saw the new one over Christmas. I thought it was really, really beautiful. I loved it."
— Yvonne Villarreal (@villarrealy) January 8, 2018
While it's nothing new to hear McGregor say that he is willing to reprise his Star Wars role given that he has been very vocal about wanting to return to a galaxy, far, far away, what's more interesting here is that he maintains that there is nothing concrete about the film. While Lucasfilm hasn't made an official announcement yet, multiple reports have come out the last year indicating that Kennedy and her team are quietly moving forward with the project. Billy Elliot and The Reader helmsman Stephen Daldry is reportedly in line to direct the film, which is tentatively set to begin filming in January 2019 at Pinewood Studios UK, under the working title of Joshua Tree. This further points to a 2020 release date for the movie.
McGregor is widely considered a shining spot in the somewhat divisive Star Wars prequel trilogy that was released from 1999-2005, brilliantly playing the younger version of Sir Alex Guinness' Obi-Wan Kenobi, Jedi Master, from the original Star Wars film trilogy. Given the resurgence of the Star Wars franchise and Lucasfilm's plans to branch out well beyond the Skywalker saga with their solo films, the idea of a movie centered on a beloved character like Obi-Wan is a welcome thought for many.
While the first Star Wars spinoff film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was a billion dollar success, these spinoffs have proven difficult for Lucasfilm from a production standpoint. The Gareth Edwards-directed Rogue One underwent reported massive reshoots and even story-rewrites, while last year Solo: A Star Wars Anthology experienced a major shake-up when original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired three weeks before principal photography was scheduled to conclude, prior to director Ron Howard stepping in. Hopefully, the Obi-Wan Kenobi movie will go more smoothly by comparison, assuming it becomes more than "just talk" over the year ahead.
Source: Yvonne Villareal
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: Episode IX (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018