This isn’t a Jedi mind trick: Obi-Wan Kenobi might finally be getting his own movie.
A standalone Star Wars film featuring the lightsaber-wielding master of the Force, played by Alec Guinness in George Lucas’ original Star Wars trilogy and by Ewan McGregor in the prequels, is in the earliest stages of development at Lucasfilm, according to The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline. Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot) is “in early talks” to write and direct, those sites say.
In the original 1977 Star Wars, Kenobi became Luke Skywalker’s (Mark Hamill) mentor on their quest to rescue Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) on the Death Star — which led to Kenobi’s death at the hands of Darth Vader. Guinness’ character appeared as a helpful ghostly apparition in the next two films, 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back and 1983’s Return of the Jedi.
McGregor first played the younger version of the role in 1999’s The Phantom Menace, which also introduced Liam Neeson as Kenobi’s teacher Qui-Gon Jinn. In 2002’s Attack of the Clones and 2005’s Revenge of the Sith, Obi-Wan took young Jedi Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) under his wing before he ultimately turned to the Dark Side, betrayed Kenobi and became Vader.
There are no actors in place but McGregor has long talked about going back to the role someday: In a 2016 interview with Collider, he said he’d “very much like to do” a Kenobi solo movie.
This would be the third Star Wars Story project — separate from Star Wars saga episodes like 2015’s The Force Awakens and the upcoming The Last Jedi (in theaters Dec. 15) — to tackle a character or storyline from the the era of Lucas’ original films. Rogue One, which centered on a Rebel Alliance group stealing the secret Death Star plans, was set right before the events of 1977’s Star Wars, while director Ron Howard is filming a Han Solo standalone for release next year, with Alden Ehrenreich as a younger version of Harrison Ford’s iconic smuggler.