After years of rumors and anticipation, Obi-Wan Kenobi is on his way back to the big screen.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lucasfilm is developing a standalone ‘Star Wars’ Obi-Wan Kenobi film. Oscar-nominated director Stephen Daldry (“Billy Elliot”, “The Hours”) is in talks to direct, as well as oversee the writing of the film. The film is in the early stages of development.
Daldry had a prolific career in theater before turning his attention to film in the year 2000, where he made the film “Billy Elliot,” garnering a Best Director nomination in the process. Daldry would go on to direct 2002’s “The Hours”, 2008’s “The Reader”, and 2011’s “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” all of which were nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
The biggest question concerning the project now is if Ewan McGregor will return to the role of Obi-Wan. McGregor portrayed the Jedi Knight in the ‘Star Wars’ prequels, from 1999’s “The Phantom Menace” to 2005’s “Revenge of the Sith.” McGregor has previously expressed interest in playing the role once again (he even had a minor voiceover role in 2015’s “The Force Awakens”), but Lucasfilm has not confirmed his involvement in the project.
No release date has been set for the film.