A while back there was talk of one of the upcoming “Star Wars” spin-off films potentially being one that focuses on Obi-Wan Kenobi in the years between the prequel and original trilogy. Such a project would get Ewan McGregor back for the role, something the actor has expressed interest in doing.
So why isn’t such a project moving forward? It seems Lucasfilm isn’t keen because they have other ideas for the future of Kenobi – one that potentially involves his return to the main saga.
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“I have heard rumors that the one reason they haven’t moved sooner on Obi-Wan is that they’re not done with Obi-Wan quite yet in the Saga films. So I wouldn’t be surprised to see an Obi-Wan thing happen beyond Episode IX.
I think that they’ll probably be some reference to Obi-Wan in the Saga films, and his connection to whatever characters he happens to have a connection with. I’ve already written that I think that Rey has some kind of connection to him – family connection. So if that’s the case, maybe we see a part of that play out in the future Obi-Wan movie. Ewan McGregor would be the perfect age to reprise that [character].”
The next chapter in the saga films is Rian Johnson’s already shot “Star Wars: Episode VIII” which will not feature Kenobi. Though many hoped that film will release its first trailer with next month’s “Rogue One,” it’s now looking likely the first preview will hit in the first quarter of 2017.