Obi-Wan Kenobi is getting his own ‘Star Wars’ movie from Stephen Daldry

Though their troubled Han Solo spin-off is still in production, Disney has decided to double-down on Star Wars movies about dead fan favorites. THR is reporting that the studio has started early development on a film that would focus on Obi-Wan Kenobi.

A few years ago, Ewan McGregor said he’d be up for reprising the part, but he’s not yet attached to this. Disney has decided to instead start by hiring a director, and they’re said to be in talks with Stephen Daldry to take on that role.

Daldry’s hiring follows the shift in direction the studio has taken since their difficulties on the Han Solo project. After first hiring fun, young, improvisational directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller to direct that movie, they ended up firing those two and replacing them with the dependable, staid, far less interesting Ron Howard. 57-year-old Daldry is a likewise mature, sensible, not at all risky choice—but one that’s still a bit surprising given his track record. He’s consistently been a prestige (or would-be prestige) director, handling weepy dramas like The Hours, The Reader, Billy Elliot, and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. It seems, for his standalone film, Obi-wan may have the highbrow ground.

  • HalSolo

    Dialogue Lucas should have added to ghost Obi Wan in post-prequel ROTJ SPECIAL EDITION II:

    “Oh, and know how your dad has four mechanical limbs? I’m responsible for three of them.”

  • adam3w

    If they absolutely insist on this moving forward with this project, I’d make a case for David Wenham as a suitable young Obi-Wan. Ewan “robot smile” McGregor never quite filled Alec Guiness’ reluctant shoes.

  • L3g3ndQ

    if they make it like the book and use the book as the story it could be great like Rouge One. I also think they should use Ewan.

  • jaime_arg

    This version of Obi-Wan is going to be so troubled.

    “Fucking Jedi? You want to become a fucking Jedi, Obi?”
    “Yes, Dad! The force feels like… like fire in my body, like I can fly. Like electricity. Yeah, like electricity”