It has always been speculated that the Star Wars franchise would revisit Obi-Wan Kenobi in one of its spinoffs, and now THR dropped the news that Stephen Daldry is in early talks to direct the movie. The project, T.H.R. notes, is still "at the earliest of stages, and has no script". Exactly one year ago tomorrow, we shared with you a fan-made trailer for an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie, using footage from some of McGregor's work to give us an idea what the movie might look like. It's unclear whether or not this movie would be the third Anthology movie scheduled for 2020, as Lucasfilm also looking at Star Wars movies centered on Yoda and Boba Fett, to name a few.
Sources have told the publication that Stephen Daldry, the Oscar-nominated director of Billy Elliot and The Hours, is in early talks to helm the high-profile project. I think the story between Episode III and Episode IV, I think there's a story there.
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"There's no official offer, and I haven't met them about it or anything", McGregor told Entertainment Weekly at the time.
There is, at this time, no confirmation that Ewan McGregor, who played Kenobi in three films from 1999 to 2005, will reprise the role, though the actor has expressed a keen interest in returning to the franchise in recent months. "I've been very open to say I'd be happy to do it, if they want to do it".
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"It would be a good segue between the last episode of the prequels and the new episodes", McGregor said. It would be fun to film that story now I'm older. The pre-"A New Hope" territory has already been covered on the big screen by last year's spinoff "Rogue One", though an exploration of the life of Tatooine recluse Ben Kenobi, before he meets Luke Skywalker, could be an interesting angle.
He most recently directed episodes of Netflix's period drama The Crown, which garnered him an Emmy nomination.
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