Obi-Wan Kenobi is Disney’s new hope. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry is in early talks to helm a Star Wars anthology film about the Skywalkers’ mentor. It is unclear at this time if Ewan McGregor, who played the role in the prequel trilogy, will reprise the role.
According to the report, the film does not yet have a script. Should Daldry join the project, he will oversee development with Lucasfilm. Back in April, McGregor expressed interest in reprising his role as Obi Wan, but his involvement is not yet confirmed.
If talks take, the Obi-Wan Kenobi film will be the Star Wars universe’s third standalone film, following 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and the as-yet-untitled Han Solo film, which is due out next year.
Obi-Wan played a minor, but critical, role in 1977’s A New Hope, the first Star Wars film. Portrayed by Alec Guinness, Obi-Wan was one of the last Jedi in the galaxy and used his knowledge to train Luke Skywalker so that he could defeat the Sith and restore balance to the Force. Obi-Wan ultimately sacrificed himself during a battle with Darth Vader, enabling Luke to go on to destroy the Death Star. He occasionally reappeared as a blue Force ghost throughout the rest of the original trilogy.
McGregor breathed new life into the character in the prequel trilogy, which kicked off with The Phantom Menace in 1999. Obi-Wan took on a much more major role in these films. He trained Anakin Skywalker for years, and the two developed a brotherly bond up until Anakin turned to the Dark Side, killed all the Jedi and became Darth Vader. As one of the last remaining Jedi, Obi-Wan hid himself in the deserts of Tatooine, awaiting the day that Anakin’s secret son Luke was old enough to be trained in the ways of the Force. Not much is known about Obi-Wan’s years of exile, though Marvel Comics has touched on the character’s trials and tribulations in their in-canon Star Wars comics.
The next Star Wars film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, will hit theaters on December 15. Directed by Rian Johnson, the film stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, Benicio del Toro, Laura Dern and Kelly Marie Tran.
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