When Will The Obi-Wan Spinoff Be Released? Another 'Star Wars' Movie Is In The Works
There are never enough stories when it comes to that galaxy far, far away. That's probably why there's talk of an Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars movie in the works. But when is the spinoff going to premiere? Don't grab your light sabers just yet. According to The Hollywood Reporter, talks for the movie are in very early stages and there is not yet a script. However, it might have a director. THR reports that Stephen Daldry, of Billy Elliot and The Hours fame, is being considered to lead the Star Wars ship. Bustle reached out to Disney and Lucasfilm for comment, but did not yet receive a response.
The Jedi mentor of Luke Skywaker was played in the original trilogy by Alec Guinness, while Ewan McGregor took on the role in the prequels. With the movie at such an early development stage, the magazine reports that it's unclear if McGregor will reprise his role. But the actor has said he would be open to playing the role again. McGregor told Entertainment Weekly in April:
"There's no official offer, and I haven't met them about it or anything. But I've always said that I'd be happy to do it if they wanted to do it. It would be a good segue between the last episode of the prequels and the new episodes. I think they've got films to make until the 2020s, so I don't think it's going to happen soon if it happens at all."
As for the movies we know of so far, The Last Jedi will be released Dec. 15 of this year and the Han Solo film will be released on May 25, 2018. EW reported that it appeared Disney was interested in another stand-alone movie for 2020. EW also reports that CEO Kathleen Kennedy said that Disney might announce the next Star Wars anthology film during the summer — which brings us to Obi-Wan.
An untitled Han Solo movie is also in the works starring Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, and Woody Harrelson. In June, Lucasfilm announced that the film's original directors, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, left the project due to creative differences. Director Ron Howard then stepped up to ensure the film will make its May 2018 release date.
Although we don't know when the Obi-Wan Kenobi film will be released, it will be in good hands if Daldry does take it on. He is a seasoned director who recently directed episodes of Netflix's drama The Crown. With news of a Obi-Wan movie, the Han Solo film, and another Star Wars sequel on the way, there's just no stopping this legendary franchise.