When Disney bought Lucasfilm, took over the Star Wars franchise, and announced it would be producing spinoff films like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Solo: A Star Wars Story to fill the gaps between the main saga entries, fans quickly came up with their wish lists of ideas, characters, and stories that could be made into a full feature film. One of the most hoped for has been an Obi-Wan Kenobi film, centering on the Jedi master’s adventures after the prequels. For a while now, rumors have indicated that just such a film is being considered by Lucasfilm, and recent reports suggest that a director may now even be attached and that a plot synopsis has been hashed out.
According to a report by TMZ, Oscar-nominated director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Crown) will potentially helm the rumored project. Previous rumors also indicated Daldry will be collaborating with Lucasfilm to oversee both writing and development. The TMZ report also provides a glimpse of the movie’s potential plot, which gives us some Pale Rider-meets-Jedi vibes. Apparently, the untitled film will focus on Kenobi’s time as a hermit on Tatooine watching over a young Luke Skywalker. A war breaks out between the desert planet’s moisture farmers and vicious Tusken Raider tribes, which forces Obi-Wan to come out of hiding and intervene. Luke’s adopted parents, Beru and Own Lars, are also said to featured in the film.
The Hollywood Reporter originally reported that the next anthology film would, in fact, be an Obi-Wan tale, joining a list of other potential projects Lucasfilm is considering, including ones focusing on Yoda and Boba Fett. Following those original rumors, Omega Underground reported that the still-unconfirmed film will begin filming in 2019. Omega Underground’s report was also where it was first speculated that Daldry would be directing.
Kenobi is easily one of the franchise’s most beloved characters. Played by Alec Guinness in the original trilogy and then Ewan McGregor in the prequels, the character is a wise and thoughtful Jedi master. He trained Anakin Skywalker, who ultimately betrays Kenobi and the Jedi Order after becoming Darth Vader and establishing the Galactic Empire with Darth Sidious, aka Emperor Palpatine. Kenobi then goes into hiding on the desert planet Tatooine, quietly watching over Anakin’s son, Luke, until he is ready to follow his own Jedi path.
There is no indication yet as to whether McGregor will return to the role or if another actor will take up the Jedi master’s blue lightsaber. There is some hope for those eyeing McGregor’s return though, as the actor has previously said he is open to reprising the role and has been vocal in his feeling that Obi-Wan’s story deserves a bridge between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.
At such an early stage, it is likely we won’t hear much from this project for a while. However, there is still plenty of Star Wars action just on the horizon. The franchise’s next film, Solo: A Star Wars Story, is set for a May 25, 2018 release, and the yet-untitled Episode IX will premiere sometime in 2019. Beyond those, we also know that The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson is working on his own trilogy of films, as are Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
Updated on May 17, 2018: Added rumored plot details and director news.