Lucasfilm is reportedly looking to start production on the Obi-Wan Kenobi film in early 2019 after years of rumours.
The project became all but official this summer, when it was revealed that the film was in early development, and while Stephen Daldry (The Reader) was reportedly in talks to direct, there’s been no update on the situation since then.
The spinoff is expected to take place between the events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope (and there’s at least 19 years they can play with), and Lucasfilm’s working title – Joshua Tree – also implies that the movie will explore Obi-Wan’s experiences on Tatooine watching over Luke.
With neither a screenwriter or director in place, the film is still in the very early stages of development, though by the sound of it, Lucasfilm intends for the Obi-Wan movie to be the first spinoff after Episode IX in 2019 – perhaps because Obi-Wan’s story will play an important part in the conclusion of this new trilogy, and thus will be explored afterwards – cough, cough, Rey Kenobi.
Omega Underground has reported that Lucasfilm is looking to begin filming at Pinewood Studios UK sometime in January of 2019. That would keep the project on-schedule to arrive in 2020, assuming that there’s no problems. And with Avatar 2 set for release in December of 2020, chances are that the Obi-Wan film will presumably be released in May like next year’s Solo: A Star Wars Story, six months after the release of Episode IX.
There have been several of Obi-Wan’s adventures explored outside the main Star Wars films – the animated Clones Wars series focused on Obi-Wan and Anakin Skywalker’s experiences in during the Clone Wars, which bridged the gap between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. Subsequent comic books have also been released, revealing the early experiences of Obi-Wan on Tatooine, while Star Wars Rebels has featured an appearance from an older Obi-Wan. This significantly narrows the window of time which the film can explore and remain faithful to the established timeline.
Ewan McGregor has not been confirmed to be returning for this film, however recasting the role would probably cause uproar from fans who believe that the actor didn’t get the chance to properly shine in the role during the prequel trilogy. Giving McGregor’s Obi-Wan his own solo story would allow the character to bow out of the franchise on a high note – and we know that McGregor has no issue with reprising his role in the trilogy, after doing a very brief piece of voiceover in the Force Awakens.
Stay tuned for more news about the Obi-Wan Kenobi spinoff!