Obi-Wan Kenobi may be getting his own stand-alone movie from Lucasfilm, according to a new report from The Hollywood Reporter.
Director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close) is said to be in early talks with Lucasfilm to develop a movie based on the beloved Jedi. It’s unclear which portion of Obi-Wan Kenobi’s life the movie might focus on, as the stand-alone movie reportedly has no script. It is also unclear if this is planned to be Lucasfilm’s third stand-alone anthology movie, which is set to debut in 2020 after Star Wars: Episode IX.
An Obi-Wan Kenobi movie has long been rumored, with actor Ewan McGregor willing to reprise his role from the Star Wars prequels. McGregor has not confirmed anything at this time. The role was first played by Alec Guinness, who was nominated for an Academy Award for best supporting actor for his portrayal. McGregor told Entertainment Weekly in April following Star Wars Celebration that he was very interested in joining the new era of Star Wars films.
“It would be a good segue between the last episode of the prequels and the new episodes,” McGregor said. “I think they’ve got films to make until the 2020s, so I don’t think it’s going to happen soon if it happens at all.”
Lucasfilm CEO Kathleen Kennedy previously said the studio would announce the focus of the third stand-alone movie this summer. Many expected that announcement to have been made during Disney’s D23 convention or at San Diego Comic-Con, but nothing ever came out of those events.
“I think we’re getting close,” Kennedy told MTV in April. “My hope would be [to announce] sometime around the summer. I never want to predict the creative process because it is its own thing, so we’re in the midst of those discussions right now.”
Polygon has reached out to Lucasfilm for comment and will update when more information becomes available.