The Obi-Wan Kenobi spinoff, which fans have been wanting for years, will reportedly be filming in Northern Ireland in 2019.
Not only is there an unexplored period of time between Episode III and Episode IV, but Lucasfilm could easily bring Ewan McGregor on board to reprise the role he left in 2005. All the parts are there, Lucasfilm – make it happen!
Fans rejoiced last year when news broke saying that Billy Elliot and The Reader director Stephen Daldry is reportedly set to helm the Obi-Wan project, which will begin filming in January 2019 at Pinewood Studios in the UK, under the working title, Joshua Tree.
Despite Lucasfilm’s continued silence on the subject, some new information may prove that the company is quietly working away on the film, waiting for the right time to announce it to the world. Perhaps after their first character-driven spinoff, Solo: A Star Wars Story, hits theatres later this year.
The Belfast Telegraph has reported that George Lucas had visited the city before Christmas, supposedly to check out locations for the rumoured Kenobi spinoff. The Star Wars creator was photographed in a restaurant there, which began the rumours.
An insider then corroborated this story, stating that they have “been told there will be work throughout 2019 because Star Wars is coming to Belfast” with Lucas being given a guided tour of the Paint Hall Studios. “It was all very low key, only a few people knew that the old guy walking round the set was George Lucas. It was only when we were told about Star Wars coming here next year that it dawned on us that was why he was here before Christmas.”
It is important to note, however, that this doesn’t confirm that the film is moving forward. Lucasfilm have a lot on their plate with one series of films coming from Rian Johnson, and another from Game of Thrones’ D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, there are a lot of films on the backburner. Also, George Lucas is no longer involved with the development of the films, so it raises questions as to why he would be the one scouting locations. For his part, Ewan McGregor, despite repeatedly saying he is willing to reprise the role, has insisted that the project is still nothing but rumour.
With all this doubt surrounding the project, it’s best not to get our hopes up just yet, as this scouting of locations could simply be for J.J. Abrams’ Episode IX, which is set to start principle photography this summer.