Obi-Wan Kenobi to Get Spinoff Film

As reported by Variety, Obi-Wan Kenobi is going to be the next Star Wars character to get his own spinoff film. This spinoff film is still in the early stages of planning, so not much is known about the project yet.

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Alec Guinness as Obi-Wan Kenobi
Alec Guinness as Obi-Wan Kenobi

Obi-Wan Kenobi has been played by two actors so far: by the late Alec Guinness in the original films and by Ewan McGregor in the prequel films. It’s not clear whether Disney and Lucasfilm plan to bring back McGregor for this film, or if they’re planning to bring a younger actor to assist in providing a backstory for the beloved character. There is not yet a writer for this film, nor is there an announced plot idea for this film. Disney and Lucasfilm are currently in talks to have Stephen Daldry direct this hypothetical project.

This announcement is somewhat surprising considering the recent drama around the Han Solo spinoff film. Earlier this summer, Disney and Lucasfilm replaced directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller with veteran director Ron Howard due to the former directors having some creative differences with the company executives. In addition, the company hired an acting coach for lead actor Alden Eichenrich (which is sort of funny when one considers his role in last year’s film Hail Caesar!) who is playing Han Solo. Finally, this project has not yet announced an official title, despite the fact that it’s meant to hit theaters next year. Hopefully the press for this film will soon outstrip its bad publicity, but none of this news seems to indicate that another character based Star Wars spinoff will do better. 

The next film in the Star Wars franchise will be Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be in a movie theater near you on December 15, 2017.

Are you excited at the prospect of an Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars film? Does the prospect of another character-based Star Wars spinoff? Talk about it in the comments!

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