Lucasfilm is apparently planning a standalone Star Wars film focusing on Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi. THR revealed that Oscar-nominated director Stephen Daldry (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close) is in early talks to direct the film.
The movie is in the very early stages of development. As far as we know, it still has no script at the moment or even a writer attached. If he signs on, Daldry would oversee the development and scripting of the standalone.
It’s not clear what sort of release window Lucasfilm is considering for this standalone movie. It would almost certainly be after 2019’s Episode IX. It could fit into the 2020 slot if there isn’t already another movie taking its place. Omega Underground spotted something that indicates the film could shoot in 2019 at Pinewood Studios in the UK, under the working title of “Joshua Tree.”
There’s no confirmation that Ewan McGregor, who played Obi-Wan in the Prequel Trilogy, will reprise his role for the standalone film, although the actor has been vocal in the past about being open to returning as the Jedi Master. As recently as April 2017, McGregor voiced his interest in reprising his role, saying that it’d be a good segue between the Prequel and Original Trilogies. With Rogue One a resounding success, this is certainly a good approach. “There’s no official offer, and I haven’t met them about it or anything,” said McGregor. “But I’ve always said that I’d be happy to do it if they wanted to do it. It would be a good segue between the last episode of the prequels and the new episodes. I think they’ve got films to make until the 2020s, so I don’t think it’s going to happen soon if it happens at all.”
Back in April, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy revealed that the company would begin planning more Star Wars spinoffs this year.
“To be honest, we are beginning to talk about [the spin-offs] right now,” Kennedy said. “We have four or five weeks immersed in the film Han Solo and we are about to read the script of Colin Trevorrow’s Episode IX, so we have a lot of work at the moment. In the next six or eight months we will have some meetings about the stories that we will develop here.”
This might mean that we’ll soon get official announcements for the Kenobi movie as well as a Yoda movie and a Boba Fett film, which actually almost happened back when director Josh Trank (Chronicle) was attached to the project.
More on this as we learn it!