Tearing a comic book page or two from Marvel Studios’ game-changing playbook, Lucasfilm have not only the brand new trilogy in the pipeline but also some solo spin-off films that may or may not be connected to the franchise core narrative. Everyone from Boba Fett to even a Han Solo solo story has been rumoured to be getting their own moment in the spotlight following the announcement of Gareth Evans and Josh Trank being pegged to direct their own mystery movies. Now another character has just wandered into the rumour mill with his lightsaber at hand; chin-rubbing old Jedi and mentor, Obi-Wan Kenobi.
The force is strong with rumour on this one so don’t hold on to the idea too much but according to Making Star Wars a nameless art team has had sit downs with writers to come up with a story that will focus on the Jedi master, with specifics on the tale (as you’d expect) being pretty slim. This recent revelation goes against comments in the past that suggested that any solo films would steer away from both the Jedi or the Sith, so perhaps Lucasfilm have had a change of heart and accepted no one would see a Star Wars film that doesn’t have someone force push something over.
Of course the big hurdle to get over here if it’s true is that Kenobi is kind of, a bit (spoilers) dead and we know all we need to know from his younger years thanks to Episodes I-III and the animated TV series, Clone Wars. In which case, could this be filling the gap between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope and reintroduce us to an old Kenobi as he watched over Luke Skywalker growing up on Tatooine? It’s an idea that has crossed the mind of even Ewan McGregor who suggested to MTV he’d happily reprise the role he played for three films if Lucasfilm wanted him to.
Discussing the idea of standalone films, McGregor deemed them as ‘a good idea’ but was realistic over what road to take his character. “The only bit that I could get away with doing is after the last one I made, Episode III, before Alec Guinness, there’s that period where he’s in the desert,” says McGregor. “That might be my window, there, to tell that story. I don’t know what he did in the desert. We could make up some stuff.”
So even if it’s true or not, it’s a promising sign that McGregor would happily don the iconic Jedi threads once more and head back to the galaxy far, far away. As for the not-so standalone films, we can expect to see the first one when Star Wars: Episode VII (still can’t believe it) arrives in cinemas December 15, 2015.