The original Star Wars trilogy cemented itself as one of the greatest movie trilogies of all time. Then writer/director George Lucas decided to produce a prequel trilogy. The premise was great, the execution not so much. Lucas’ new films attempted to substitute longer and shinier lightsabers, over the top special effects, and comedic relief, in Jar Jar Binks, for good plot lines, characterization, and acting. Hayden Chrstensen, who took on the role of Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader in Episode II, took all our assumptions of how badass and awesome Darth Vader must have been in his youth and stomped on it as he whined, cried, and delivered lines so poorly I thought I was watching a fourth grade drama production.
There was, though, one positive performance that came out of the prequel trilogy. Amidst the face palming due to Jar Jar in Episode I and the cringeworthy awkwardness of Episode II, Ewan McGregor gave two extremely good performances as Obi-Wan Kenobi. And in Episode III, when he was battling his best friend, his brother, to the death, and he delivered each line like he was pulling out his heart and crushing it in his bare hand, the wooden plank that is Hayden Christensen stole the show with one of the poorest series of line deliveries in recent cinematic memory.
All was not lost, though. Ewan McGregor’s performance was, indeed, noticed by the Star Wars faithful and they recently voted him the most popular character of the saga, beating out the likes of Han Solo, Yoda, Boba Fett, and Darth Vader.
Due to this popularity, Making Star Wars is reporting that Disney has greenlit an Obi-Wan Kenobi standalone film which would take place in between Episode III and IV, during his exile on Tatooine.
Here is the quote form their source:
“I’ve heard from quite a few people now that an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie is in the works. For the spinoff movies they were initially going to stay away from any Jedi or Sith characters. But I’m hearing now that because of the popularity of Obi-Wan (fans recently voting for him on the official website, etc.) that an art team is now working with a writer on concepts for an Obi-Wan movie.”
About a year ago, Latino Review had reported that McGregor was pushing for a standalone Kenobi film, and I can’t see Disney going in any other direction and trying to find another actor who can portray the character as well as McGregor.
Ever since Disney purchased Star Wars and announced their intentions to produce a third trilogy and solo films I was scouring the internet to find the name Obi-Wan thrown into the rumors. I think this would be the perfect chance to surround McGregor with good acting and a decent script and give all Star Wars fans the Obi-Wan Kenobi movie they deserve. Given Disney’s success with the Marvel Cinematic Universe I have complete faith that they will deliver a successful, entertaining, and fitting film for the character.