Long rumored, a Star Wars spinoff starring Obi-Wan Kenobi seemed to take a giant step toward becoming reality on Thursday with the emergence of a purported synopsis for the film. However, within hours the veracity that report, like so many before it, appeared to amount to little more than bantha dung.
TMZ claimed to have obtained a production bulletin for the project that includes this synopsis: "Obi-Wan is on Tatooine being an elusive hermit and stuff, but secretly watches over an infant Luke Skywalker, whom he delivered to his uncle, Owen. Tensions between the local farmers and a tribe of Sand People -- headed by a ruthless war chief -- eventually brings Obi outta hiding ... and into Jedi kickass mode."
Questions about the informal wording aside -- "outta"? "Jedi kickass mode"? -- the purported synopsis for the film was further, and rather quickly, cast into doubt by a fan who notes it's drawn from the description for John Jackson Miller's 2014 novel Kenobi: Star Wars Legends.
On the left, @TMZ reporting the synopsis of an Obi-Wan movie.
On the right, the Amazon synopsis of the Legends novel Kenobi.
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— Anthony (@AnthonyTaylor_) May 17, 2018
The remainder of the TMZ report is filled with information that's circulated since late last year: that it would shoot under the working title "Joshua Tree," and that Lucasfilm is lining up three-time Oscar-nominated director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Reader, The Hours, The Crown) to step behind the camera.
So, yeah, for the time being, it appears we can file away this rumor about Obi-Wan: A Star Wars Story with all the others. For now, fans will have to be content with Solo: A Star Wars Story, which opens May 25.
Directed by Ron Howard from a script by Lawrence and Jonathan Kasdan, the film stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Emilia Clarke as Qi’ra and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca. They’re joined by Thandie Newton as Val, Phoebe Waller-Bridge L3-37, Paul Bettany as Dryden Vos, and Woody Harrelson as Tobias Beckett.