The fate of the “Star Wars” universe on the big screen is uncertain at this point. J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode IX” late next year is a lock but everything else, from the two proposed new trilogies to several spin-off films, remains in development with no real indication of any moving forward at this time.
Indeed Lucasfilm seems more intent on its currently in production TV series “The Mandalorian” than further films at this point, which is why comments this week from former UK foreign secretary and former London mayor Boris Johnson at the DUP conference this weekend has raised eyebrows.
According to Johnson (via The Spectator), George Lucas is making an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie that will shoot in Northern Ireland sometime in 2019. The statement sounds somewhat unbelievable – Johnson most likely unaware Lucas is no longer involved in the franchise and the rumors earlier this year of a Stephen Daldry-directed Obi-Wan film to shoot in Belfast have long been shot down.
If you thought that talk sounds dubious, another wild rumor is up at Drunken Chicken TV and indicates that Natalie Portman may be returning to reprise her role as Padme Amidala for a cameo in the aforementioned “Star Wars: Episode IX”. The report indicates the actress will have zero dialogue in some new shots of her character to appear alongside her grandson Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) in the film with scenes connecting the final instalment of the Skywalker saga with the prequel trilogy.
“Star Wars: Episode IX” is currently slated to open December next year.