A new report from Slash Film gives some context as to why Lucasfilm is in no rush to feature Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi in his own spin-off movie.
The site recaps an appearance by Entertainment Weekly’s Anthony Breznican on the Rebel Force Radio podcast where Breznican discusses the possibility of Ewan McGregor reprising his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi: “I have heard rumors that the one reason they haven’t moved sooner on Obi-Wan is that they’re not done with Obi-Wan quite yet in the Saga films. So I wouldn’t be surprised to see an Obi-Wan thing happen beyond Episode IX.”
It sounds like Lucasfilm is delaying any Obi-Wan Kenobi solo film that take place between Episodes III and IV, in order to feature him in the main “Star Wars” film series. Breznican admits he has no first-hand knowledge of what is being planned, but is piecing together information from various sources. He has a theory of his own — that Kenobi has a connection to one of the stars of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” — Rey. “I think that they’ll probably be some reference to Obi-Wan in the Saga films, and his connection to whatever characters he happens to have a connection with. I’ve already written that I think that Rey has some kind of connection to him – family connection. So if that’s the case, maybe we see a part of that play out in the future Obi-Wan movie. Ewan McGregor would be the perfect age to reprise that [character].”
Fans will have to wait until the untitled “Star Wars: Episode VIII” hits theaters December 15, 2017, to see whether any revelations are made regarding a possible Rey/Obi-Wan connection.
Tickets for the next “Star Wars” film, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” are currently on sale, and it opens on Dec. 15 in the United Kingdom and on Dec. 16 in North America.
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