Alec Guinness defined the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi, but when the prequels came around it was Ewan McGregor who brought the character to life again. While those films don't enjoy the best of reputations, McGregor is still many fans' choice to play the character again, should he return to the series in one form or another.
Interest in an Obi-Wan Kenobi solo movie has been high since Lucasfilm and Disney began to explore the idea of anthologies and films existing outside of the usual Skywalker Saga. With Rogue One: A Star Wars Story proving fans will turn out for anything connected to the Star Wars Universe, rumors of an Obi-Wan spinoff have persisted. Thankfully, if the studios want to explore the character more, McGregor is still open to helping make that possible.
While speaking to Business Insider about reprising the role of Renton in Trainspotting 2, McGregor was asked if he would be up for returning as the Jedi master. Considering his previous comments on the matter, it should be no surprise that he is still interesting in reprising the part.
"Listen, I have been asked about it a lot, to the point where it looks a bit like I'm sort of touting for work. I’ve been very open to say I'd be happy to do it, if they want to do it."
With McGregor onboard for another appearance, the question then becomes what level of interest exists from the studios. Nothing is official in any capacity, and the Han Solo movie is the only confirmed anthology film in the works at the moment, so fans will have to be patient and wait, along wth McGregor.
That said, McGregor does go on to say in this interview that he thinks "they are set going into the 2030s with their movies," so perhaps he's being hyperbolic or perhaps he knows more about Disney and Lucasfilm's plans than he lets on. Even if it is not, more recent rumors have suggested Kenobi could reappear in The Last Jedi or Episode IX and possibly even have ties to Rey (Daisy Ridley). If this proves true, holding off on a movie that otherwise could contain spoilers for the rest of the saga films makes sense. Plus, its not just fans interested in this movie, but Rogue One director Gareth Edwards also wants to see it happen.
Source: Business Insider
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