Plans afoot for Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off

Star Wars Obi Wan Kenobi movie

In recent times it's been rumoured that Ewan McGregor, who played the character in George Lucas's prequel series, will reprise the character.

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi is due for release in December and will be followed in May next year by an as-yet untitled Han Solo standalone movie. Rogue One ended up cracking $1 billion at the global box office, but not without months of reports about the troubled production and a significant creative overhaul in which veteran filmmaker Tony Gilroy played a key role.

According to THR, the British director of Billy Elliot and The Hours, Stephen Daldry is in talks with Lucasfilm to direct the eagerly awaited Star Wars Story movie focusing on Obi-Wan Kenobi. He also directed "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close", which earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture.

Actor Ewan McGregor played the character in the second trilogy of "Star Wars" films from 1999 to 2005.

As mentioned above, the Star Wars franchise has gained significant popularity.

The Obi-Wan Kenobi standalone movie would not be the first of its kind. That's a pretty big galaxy far, far away. Or is this standalone film really being engineered as a way to shed light on Rey's backstory if Star Wars: The Last Jedi does, as some fans have long theorized, reveal that she is a descendant of his? Surely, not everyone in it is a Rebel, a Jedi, an Imperial officer, or a droid who happens to be connected to characters we've met before.

The Clone Wars period is by far the less probable, given that it has already been explored in an animated series. "I'd very much like to do one", he said before outlining when the film could take place.

Together these two snippets of news suggest that Lucasfilm may indeed be developing an Obi Wan movie, with McGregor attached to star, and likely to feature Luke Skywalker as a child in a supporting role.

The Hollywood Reporter said Daldry will be part of the team overseeing the development and writing if the deal is to go ahead.

Star Wars has rocked audience for over four decades now but the movie has hardly lost any steam.

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