Ever since the new Disney-fied Star Wars saga announced in 2014 plans to make non-episodic standalone movies, fans have wondered what they might be about. We know what’s up with filmmaker Gareth Edwards’s Rogue One hitting theaters this December, and co-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s Han Solo drops in 2018 with a still unannounced standalone movie scheduled for a 2020 release. It’s an obvious next choice, but there have been fan rumblings of an Obi-Wan Kenobi standalone with actor Ewan McGregor reprising his role from the prequels. And now a fan-made trailer makes the best case for it to be added to the Star Wars standalone schedule.
The trailer, made by Vimeo user Rich Williamson, semi-seamlessly edits and compiles footage from Revenge of the Sith — like a shot of Padme dying after giving birth to Luke and Leia, Anakin succumbing to his injuries after fighting Obi-Wan on Mustafar, and Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru staring out onto the twins suns of Tatooine — into footage from another recent McGregor role.
If you think the Scottish actor seems to look a little Jesus-y, that’s because most of the footage from the fan-made trailer is ingeniously taken from Last Days in the Desert, McGregor’s 2016 film where he plays both Jesus and Satan.
Take a look below:
Star Wars has always had some Christian undertones, and the fact that this movie about Jesus makes sense as Obi-Wan hanging out as a hermit watching over Luke and pondering his worth after he failed to sway Anakin from the Dark Side makes that even more evident. Bonus points for the small scene featuring actor Ciaran Hinds’s Last Days character’s, “You people are never alone. Some spirit or something is always with you” line. He’s obviously talking about the faith of early Christianity and Judaism, but he count also be talking about Jedi and the Force.
Hopefully this could one day become a reality. McGregor has said he’s game for an Obi-Wan movie, telling Collider earlier this year, “I think the story between Episode III and Episode IV, I think there’s a story there. I think that’s the Obi-Wan Kenobi movie, if there is one. The one that bridges my Obi-Wan Kenobi and Alec’s Obi-Wan Kenobi because there’s a—I don’t know how long he’s in the desert there, but it’s got to be twenty or thirty years.”
Should Lucasfilm shuffle around the third standalone to make it this sort of intimate character study focused on Obi-Wan? We think so.