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Disney has had two hugely successful Star Wars films in the last two years, and with the $1 billion-plus take of Rogue One, you can bet the anthology standalone films are just as alive as the main saga entries. A fun rumor has come to Omega Underground regarding movement on an Obi-Wan Kenobi film. According to the site, the folks at Lucasfilm are actively pursuing Sam Esmail, writer of the mind-bending Mr. Robot show on USA Network, to author a screenplay for an Obi-Wan spinoff.
While us geeks should take this rumor with a grain of salt, fans have been wishing for an anthology entry to focus on the character ever since Disney announced plans to make standalones. A movie focusing on Kenobi post-Episode III makes sense. However, no further details are known at this point. If the script is actually written, it may not even focus on the character in that assumed time period. Perhaps the film would chronicle the adventures of Obi-Wan as a nine-year-old boy, and we could discover his earliest pursuits as a Jedi-to-be? Just kidding, of course.
While we wouldn’t normally give any credit to rumors like this, the site claims to have two sources saying the same thing. With Ewan McGregor ready and willing to reprise the role from the prequel films, which would make perfect sense, he also doesn’t seem to believe it will ever happen. He recently said to Entertainment Weekly:
“There’s no official offer, and I haven’t met them about it or anything… I’ve always said that I’d be happy to do it if they wanted to do it. It would be a good segue between the last episode of the prequels and the new episodes. I think they’ve got films to make until the 2020s, so I don’t think it’s going to happen soon if it happens at all.”
Take that as you will Star Wars fans. Who doesn’t want to see this movie happen? But let’s keep our anticipation tame, as there may be a long wait before an Obi-Wan film is in the works.
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