The long-rumored Star Wars anthology film focused on Obi-Wan Kenobi will reportedly begin shooting in 2019 in Northern Ireland.
According to the Belfast Telegraph, the staff of the city’s Paint Hall studios has been notified the spinoff, which has yet to be announced by Lucasfilm, will use the facility for production. The studio is now home to HBO’s Game of Thrones.
The newspaper contends that George Lucas himself toured the studio before Christmas. The filmmaker had been photographed in November dining at an area restaurant, which ignited speculation about why he was in Belfast. Lucas sold Lucasfilm to Disney in 2012, and is no longer officially involved with the Star Wars franchise he created.
While little is known about the film, it’s rumored to be directed by Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot). Ewan McGregor, who played Obi-Wan in Episodes I-III, has repeatedly expressed interested in returning to the role.
The next Star Wars film is Solo: A Star Wars Story, which will debut in theaters on May 25. Directed by Ron Howard, itstars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Woody Harrelson as Tobias Beckett, Emilia Clarke as Qi’ra, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Thandie Newton as Val, Phoebe Waller-Bridge as L3-37, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, Paul Bettany as Dryden Vos and Harley Durst as Moloch.
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