After Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm, the studio’s plan to expand the Star Wars franchise was laid out: continue the main story with Episodes VII, VIII and IX, and supplement that with spinoffs that would form the Anthology series. 2016 saw the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, with the as-yet untitled spinoff about the adventures of young Han Solo due next year.
Disney is reportedly adding a spinoff film about Obi-Wan Kenobi to the slate. The Jedi Master was played in the Original Trilogy by Sir Alec Guinness, and in the Prequel Trilogy by Ewan McGregor. Director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours, The Reader, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close) is in early talks with the studio to helm the film. Daldry is a three-time Oscar nominee who has worked extensively as a theatre director on both the West End and Broadway. He recently directed episodes of Netflix’s historical drama The Crown, and is attached to the film adaptation of the musical Wicked. If hired, Daldry will develop the script. No writers have been announced.
Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi
While McGregor’s involvement in the spinoff has yet to be confirmed, the actor has been vocal about his desire to reprise the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi. “I’d love to! Whenever I talk about it, I give the impression that I'm begging for work, it's embarrassing,” McGregor said in October 2016. “In fact, I always thought there was a story to tell between the last and the first film with Alec Guinness,” McGregor added.
The spinoff will presumably centre on Kenobi’s time in self-imposed exile on the planet Tatooine, during which he called himself “Ben”. Obi-Wan’s duel with a bionic Darth Maul during Obi-Wan’s time in the desert was depicted in an episode of the Star Wars: Rebels animated series. Other Anthology Series films centring on the characters Yoda and Boba Fett have also been rumoured. A release date has yet to be confirmed, but it is possible that the Obi-Wan film will occupy the 2020 slot that has already been set aside for an unspecified Star Wars film.