As the lead up to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’s arrival intensifies, fans of the decades old Star Wars franchise have likely never had more to immerse themselves in. Since Disney’s acquisition of George Lucas’ brainchild less than 5 years ago, the franchise has gone from troublesome feelings over prequel films that many say didn’t hit the mark, to the promise of a Star Wars film every year for as long as the studio can continue to do so.
With the blockbuster success of The Force Awakens and the imminent arrival of the highly anticipated Rogue One, both Star Wars fans and those behind the scenes of the franchise are buzzing with talk about what other avenues can be explored in the galaxy far, far away. To date, Han Solo is set to receive his own anthology film, meaning that the floodgates are potentially open for films focusing on other much-beloved Star Wars characters as well.
One character repeatedly being singled-out as the perfect subject for his own anthology film series is the legendary Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi. While all sorts of rumors have been stirred up as of late regarding the mysterious mentor of the Force, nothing official has been confirmed. When we interviewed him, Rogue One director Gareth Edwards reiterated his love for the Star Wars era of A New Hope and said that he would specifically enjoy seeing films set during this time involving Obi-Wan Kenobi and set in Tatooine. Said Edwards:
I love all the stuff from the original Star Wars films, and the trilogy, so anything that went in there I would be excited about. There's loads of rumors online, and actually, weirdly, working in Lucasfilm, you don't know. People ask you, "Is this happening? Are they going to do this? Are they going to do that?"...and I don't know. You're just kept in your own little bubble of your own little film, and then if you do something that's going to affect another movie or something like the animated series or graphic novels, we'll talk about it. But I, as a fan looking on the internet, nothing to do with Lucasfilm, I kinda go, "Whoo, Obi-Wan Kenobi film, that’d be cool.”
Edwards’ claim that he has no inside knowledge with regards to an Obi-Wan film seems to be a common thread amongst franchise insiders. Ewan McGregor (aka Ben Kenobi) recently riffed on the idea of returning to the celebrated role, but maintained that to date he has not been approached in any official capacity. There have also been rumors that LucasFilm is planning to link Obi-Wan into the upcoming eighth and ninth installments of the Star Wars anthology, but once again this trail runs cold when any attempt at official confirmation is made.
Seen from the perspective of potential story options, the ability to enrich the entire saga of the Star Wars backstory and upon sheer fan enthusiasm alone, the creation of an Obi-Wan anthology seems like a no-brainer. If Lucasfilm does plan to bring Ewan McGregor back for Episodes 8 and 9, then it makes sense why they would be holding off plans for an Obi-Wan movie at this point. Or, perhaps Lucasfilm is waiting to see how the Han Solo anthology film performs before throwing another well-known hero into the ring. These are highly respected and cherished characters, after all and Disney might want to tread carefully.
It’s important to remember that these are still very much early days for the new face of the Star Wars franchise. With time, all will be revealed - and if Rogue One should perform as it's predicted to, confidence will remain high for Disney to do right by a franchise that continues to enthrall generation after generation.
- Star Wars: Rogue One / Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) release date: Dec 16, 2016
- Star Wars 8/Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) release date: Dec 15, 2017
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: Episode IX (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019