Obi-Wan Kenobi standalone "Star Wars" film headed to production

'Star Wars' Obi-Wan Kenobi Movie In Works With Stephen Daldry In Early Talks To Direct

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Stephen Daldry (The Reader, The Hours, Billy Elliot) is in early talks to direct the spin-off film-which means that, like Rogue One, this movie will nearly certainly differ tonally from the franchise's central, Skywalker-focused fare. The report makes it clear that "talks are at the earliest stages" and there is no script for the project yet. It is unclear at this time if Ewan McGregor, who played the role in the prequel trilogy, will reprise the role.

The Hollywood Reporter cite sources linking Billy Elliot Stephen Daldry as being in talks to direct and potentially write a stand alone Obi-Wan Kenobi movie.

Regarding the return of Ewan McGregor, the actor has stated he would return to the role, but since there is now no script, there is no actor yet attached. The story delves into the journals that Luke Skywalker finds after returning to Tatooine following the events in "A New Hope".

If a deal between Daldry and the studio is reached, the director would also oversee the development and screenwriting process along with "Lucasfilm brass", though no writers are now attached to the film.




The Hollywood Reporter reckons Disney has put the feelers out to Stephen Daldry to direct the film, which doesn't yet have a script. He's already popped up in Star Wars Rebels during that time period, which is considered canon due to Disney's approach to the franchise, so there's at least a bit of groundwork there, as well as in the comics.

Disney debuted the first standalone "Star Wars" story with 2016's "Rogue One", which featured new characters and a storyline tied loosely to the ongoing saga.

The first, "Rogue One" was released past year, while the untitled Han Solo film comes out next May. A second feature, starring the character Han Solo, will arrive in theaters May 25, 2018.

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