Once upon a time, Lucasfilm had been reportedly developing an Obi-Wan Kenobi feature film that was said to be directed by Stephen Daldry (The Crown) and had Ewan McGregor rumored to reprise the role.
The project was expected to be similar to Rogue One and Solo, being part of the “A Star Wars Story” branding.
Lucasfilm had never officially announced the development of the movie and we never learned who was being tasked to write it.
The man himself now confirms that they were indeed cooking up a Kenobi movie before pivoting to a series for Disney’s streaming service Disney+.
During an interview with ComingSoon, Ewan McGregor confirmed that they were originally planning on making it feature film, not a series.
MCGREGOR: “It wasn’t always going to be a series, not initially.”
“When we first started talking about, that wasn’t really in the cards but everything’s changed so much, so quickly. It’s really exciting that it is now. I’m really into the idea to be able to tell the story over several hours instead of just one hit. I think it’s going to be quite cool.”
Ewan had recently admitted that he had to lie about his involvement for four years before the official announcement.
Filming on Kenobi series is said to begin next summer and that could mean a release date in 2021-2022.
Kenboi will take place eight years after the events of Star Wars: Revenge of The Sith and most likely on Tatooine as “Ben” protects a young Luke Skywalker from being discovered by The Empire/Emperor, Darth Vader or anyone else with bad intentions.
There is also a possibility that Joel Edgerton will be reprising the role of Uncle Owen, as the actor has been super coy when talking with the press.
Deborah Chow (Mr. Robot, The Mandalorian) is officially set to direct episodes with scripts penned by Hossein Amini (The Alienist, Drive).
The Mandalorian will kick-off the wave live-action Star Wars series on Disney+ and is set to begin airing starting on November 12th.
SOURCE: COMING SOON