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Obi-Wan Kenobi may get his own 'Star Wars' movie

19 August 2017

Walt Disney Co is developing a standalone Star Wars movie based on the beloved character of Obi-Wan Kenobi, the wise and noble Jedi master, The Hollywood Reporter and Variety reported on Thursday.

Kenobi, a recluse played by the late British actor Alec Guinness, was the mentor to Luke Skywalker and introduced the young warrior to the Force in the first "Star Wars" movie in 1977. Providing Disney and Daldry are able to reach a deal, the director would reportedly lead the development and writing of the film alongside executives from Lucasfilm. Unfortunately, THR's article that broke the news does not follow an official announcement from Lucasfilm, but instead cites unnamed sources, of which also claim that no script has been written and that no cast is attached.

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Star Wars fans will know that a Yoda movie has not yet been confirmed and that the Boba Fett movie is looking likely to become a movie about bounty hunters in general after Lucasfilm had to put the Boba Fett movie on indefinite hold following Josh Trank's dramatic split from the recent Fantastic Four movie which saw the director removed from the project. The spin-off will be one of the several projects in the makings by Lucasfilm, which will fall outside the of the main Skywalker plotline.

The project has no script yet, but Oscar-nominated British film-maker Stephen Daldry is in early talks to direct it, the publications said. Recently, he directed an episode of Netflix's period drama, The Crown, which has earned him an Emmy nomination.

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Ewan McGregor has expressed interest in reprising the role again. Adding that, "it would be a good segue between the last episode of the prequels and the new episodes".

As the spinoff is in its early stage, it is not known when it will be released.

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"I think they've got films to make until the 2020s", McGregor says, "so I don't think it's going to happen soon if it happens at all".

Obi-Wan Kenobi may get his own 'Star Wars' movie