Some time ago, rumours swirled that Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail was being courted to write a potential Obi-Wan Kenobi-centric Star Wars spin-off, as we previously reported. While we still cannot confirm the validity of those rumours, another piece of the puzzle has now been placed, suggesting that Obi-Wan will indeed be returning to cinema screens.
The Hollywood Reporter claims that their sources suggest Stephen Daldry, director of Billy Elliot and The Hours, is currently in talks with Lucasfilm to helm the project.
The popular theory is that the film will see Ewan McGregor return to the role, and be set during the Jedi Masters’ ‘Tattooine years’, between the fall of the Jedi in Revenge of the Sith and the destruction of the first Death Star in A New Hope.
What the actual plot will be, however, is anyone’s guess; although, over the years, the character of Obi-Wan has been built up significantly; whether that be through his quasi-love-interest Satine (introduced in Star Wars: The Clone Wars), his ongoing feud with the returned Maul (again in The Clone Wars and following through to Star Wars Rebels) or even J.J Abrams’ editing of McGregor and Alec Guinness’ voices to allow Kenobi to speak to Rey via the force in The Force Awakens.
All of these things are ripe for expanding upon, and there is no doubt that an Obi-Wan movie, in whatever form it takes, will be hotly anticipated by fans.
The Star Wars galaxy returns to cinemas December 15th with The Last Jedi.