A standalone “Star Wars” movie focused on Obi-Wan Kenobi is in the very early stages, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Oscar-nominated director Stephen Daldry (“Billy Elliot,” “The Hours”) is in talks to direct. The project currently has no script, according to the report. And it isn’t known if Ewan McGregor will reprise his role as the Jedi master, which he played in the “Star Wars” prequels. Alec Guinness originated the role in the original “Star Wars” trilogy.
Needless to say, it’s hard to imagine a Kenobi project being of any interest to audiences if McGregor wasn’t involved, and the actor has been saying for years he’s up for it.
Last year he told Business Insider that “it would be fun” to play the role again.
“Listen, I have been asked about it a lot, to the point where it looks a bit like I’m sort of touting for work,” McGregor said at the time. “I’ve been very open to say I’d be happy to do it, if they want to do it.”
He added about the “Star Wars” movies under Disney: “I think they are set going into the 2030s with their movies, but it would be fun to do, of course I’d be happy to do it,” he said.
A fun starting point for a screenwriter could be Marvel’s one-off comic book, “Star Wars #7.” The story delves into the journals that Luke Skywalker finds after returning to Tatooine following the events in “A New Hope.” Kenobi’s writings give us a glimpse of what he did for years on the planet while he was in hiding from the Empire.
Business Insider contacted McGregor’s representatives for comment but did not receive an immediate response.