One Star Wars fan couldn't wait for Lucasfilm to begin making a standalone movie for Obi-Wan Kenobi, so he designed his own poster that imagines the would-be film as a Spaghetti Western a la Sergio Leone. Many Star Wars fans have been clamoring for Lucasfilm to give Obi-Wan his own movie with Ewan McGregor returning to reprise the role he performed in the three Star Wars prequels, but so far there has been no indication that any such movie is in the pipeline.
A movie about Obi-Wan Kenobi starring Ewan McGregor would presumably deal with the Jedi Knight's time in hiding on Tatooine after the events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and before his meeting up with Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars. When we first met Obi-Wan in Star Wars (as played by the great Alec Guinness), he was living as a hermit in the desert, using the alias "Ben" Kenobi and basically waiting around for Luke to stumble upon him.
Reddit user and artist SirJediPanda fired up his imagination and designed a poster that indicates Obi-Wan was doing a lot more than just sitting around in his desert-dwelling waiting for the events of Star Wars to bring him back into the fight against the Empire. The Spaghetti Western-inspired artwork imagines Ewan McGregor as a lightsaber-wielding Obi-Wan, who may have aged a bit since the prequels but is clearly still ready for action. SirJediPanda even gives his Obi-Wan movie a villain, a Sith-Lord-looking man in a Kylo Ren/Darth Vader mask and cowboy hat (who looks more like something out of The Dark Tower than Star Wars).
The poster includes the artist's dream-cast for his hypothetical Obi-Wan movie: Joel Edgerton, Tim Roth, Allison Williams and Liam Neeson. No doubt Neeson would appear as the Force Ghost of Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan's mentor who was killed in the duel with Darth Maul in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. Edgerton has expressed interest in once again playing Uncle Owen if an Obi-Wan movie ever happens.
SirJediPanda imagines the film being written by Taylor Sheridan, the writer of last year's Oscar-nominated Neo-Western Hell or High Water. Most intriguing of all is George Miller being imagined as the film's director. Though the Mad Max: Fury Road director would undoubtedly come up with some amazing action for a Spaghetti Western Obi-Wan Kenobi movie, the idea of someone as creatively independent as Miller becoming attached to a Lucasfilm project seems highly unlikely, especially in the wake of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller being fired from Young Han Solo, reportedly for not following Lawrence Kasdan's script.
The Obi-Wan movie imagined by SirJediPanda may seem too far out for the galaxy far, far away as conceived by Lucasfilm and Disney, but someday a more sedate and traditional Obi-Wan movie may actually happen with Ewan McGregor, who has expressed interest in revisiting the character. Fans want to see Obi-Wan get his own movie, and it seems like there should be a compelling story lurking somewhere in the gap of time between ROTS and Star Wars.
Update: The artist responsible for the Obi-Wan Kenobi artwork was not properly credited in the original version of this article. His name is Tom Lathom-Sharp and this is a link to his Instagram.
Source: Tom Lathom-Sharp
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