Even as Star Wars: The Last Jedi finally hits theaters this week, fans are already clamoring for a new standalone adventure. Specifically, they’re clamoring for an Obi-Wan Kenobi solo film. But reports of the Obi-Wan standalone still haven’t been officially confirmed by anyone, let alone Lucasfilm.
On Saturday, numerous outlets began reporting that Lucasfilm was eyeing an “early 2019 production start” on the rumored Obi-Wan film after fansite Omega Underground published an unsubstantiated claim from an unidentified “production source.” All of this comes in the wake of a viral rumor that surfaced in August, which claimed Lucasfilm was in early talks with director Stephen Daldry for an Obi-Wan standalone.
Yes, the thought of an Obi-Wan Kenobi standalone film in the same style as the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story is exciting. No, Lucasfilm has not yet confirmed the existence of any plans to make an Obi movie. In fact, Lucasfilm has been strangely silent about Obi-Wan movie rumors, as well as rumors about a potential Yoda standalone, a Jango Fett misadventure, and a Jabba the Hutt movie.
Young Obi-Wan actor Ewan McGregor might be ridiculously excited to potentially come back to Star Wars, but he’s not the one calling the shots.
McGregor’s Obi-Wan is easily one of the brightest spots in the much-maligned Star Wars prequel trilogy. His presence connected the prequels and original trilogy like few others in the series as he shifted from a young padawan to a wise, heartbroken Jedi master. And, obviously, his Star Wars: Attack of the Clones mullet is legendary.
Star Wars fans have most commonly anticipated an Obi-Wan film to take place between Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: A New Hope as an aging Obi-Wan waits around for 18 years on Luke Skywalker’s home planet of Tatooine. It feels unlikely that Obi-Wan would have just sat around doing nothing; he probably had a few noteworthy adventures.
But, there’s still no word on whether or not we’ll get to see those adventures.
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