Obi-Wan is finally getting some serious respect, as Lucasfilm and Disney are working on putting out a new Star Wars movie centered around this Jedi Master. By now, that’s probabally not news to you, so we’ve put together a collection of everything that’s known about this upcoming film to date, along with some speculation.
What We Know About Star Wars: Obi-Wan
The Obi-Wan standalone Star Wars movie was just announced, and people are getting really excited for it, and for good reason.
So far, the director Stephan Daldry is in talks with Disney about taking the helm of this movie. He has directed The Hours, Billy Elliot, and a number of other slightly less recognizable things. He’s also set to direct Wicked, a film adaptation of the popular Broadway musical based on the Wizard of Oz, in 2019. Will they be filming the Obi-Wan Star Wars before that? It’s unclear at the moment, since there isn’t even a script for it yet.
Daldry is Oscar-nominated, so he’s bringing some serious chops to this movie if it ends up moving forward with him. He would be overseeing the development and writing along with some higher-ups at Lucasfilm, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
This isn’t the only Star Wars movie in some stage of the development process that strays from the current main series. There’s a Han Solo movie that’s just about done shooting, with Ron Howard directing it.
To take things even further, there are talks of doing another one based on Yoda, and even a Boba Fett standalone film. Disney is using their Marvel-style of doing the group films along with the side-stories that have a stronger emphasis on one main character, and it means they’ve unlocked a whole treasure trove of Star Wars lore to explore in upcoming movies for decades to come.
Ewan McGregor has also supposedly expressed an interest in reprising his role, this time as an older Ben Kenobi, however there isn’t even a script yet so it’s too early to know much of anything.
Here’s some speculation and theories from what we might see in this upcoming Obi-Wan movie:
It’s unknown where this movie will be taking place, and at what time, but it makes sense that it would be somewhere in between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. There’s a gap of nearly two decades there during which it’s unclear what he was up to. This theory comes via Den of Geek. They also suggested that it’s possible that Lucasfilm and Disney could do a movie all about a much younger Obi-Wan, or one that takes place during The Clone Wars.
Most people, we’re guessing, would much rather see a standalone Obi-Wan movie that takes place during Kenobi’s time on Tatooine. If we do hear anything about McGregor being confirmed to star in this movie, then we’ll have a pretty good idea when it will be taking place. However, if he doesn’t have a starring role, it’s still possible that he could appear for a flash-forward-in-time type of scene.
Since there’s basically nothing to go on yet, since the script hasn’t been penned and we can only speculate as to what early ideas are in the heads of the people working on this, or what exactly was pitched at the private closed-doors meetings, it’s hard to say exactly what the plot will revolve around, but it’s also possible to take some guesses just based on knowing the character.
If the movie ends up taking place on Tatooine, we’ll likely see some familiar bad guys along with some new faces. If Jabba ends up being the antagonist, it’ll be interesting to see how they end up handling things, since Jabba wouldn’t be able to be killed in the movie. Any existing characters that Obi-Wan were to encounter, you’d know that if they appear in a later film, that they ended up surviving their encounters with him, and it could make things kind of strange to watch.
There’s a lot to look forward to, as these solo films with some of our favorite Star Wars characters really open up a ton of doors for interesting movies, not to mention games.
Make sure you let us know what you’re expecting to see from this movie, do you have any ideas of cameos of other characters that might show up? It seems super likely that, at the very least, we’ll see an appearance from Jabba, but beyond that – the rest is really up in the air. As soon as we learn who some of the cast are, or more details are released, we’ll be able to start putting more of the pieces together, but even then, there are surely going to be some surprises along the way once this movie is finally released.
There isn’t a release date yet, or even a rough window, but we’ll keep you posted.