Rumored earlier yesterday and then hitting the trades last night, actor Ewan McGregor is now in talks to reprise his role of Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi in a series for the upcoming Disney+ streaming service.
Cinelinx broke the original scoop saying he’d signed, but the trades say it’s nowhere near that far along, though negotiations are underway. Otherwise, the original report is correct. Making Star Wars has added to it, saying the project is being conceived as a six-part series.
The announcement is not a major surprise. Before Disney opted to retool its “Star Wars” plans in the wake of the box-office disappointment of “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” director Stephen Daldry was linked to helm a potential Obi-Wan solo film. McGregor himself has indicated on numerous occasions his willingness to return to the role.
When “Solo” flopped, the franchise scrapped most of its plans for ‘A Star Wars Story’ standalone films including a Boba Fett one. It’s thought ideas from that ended up morphing into “The Mandalorian” series which premieres this Fall, and so it’s logical an Obi-Wan series would inevitably follow.
Daldry or any other writer’s involvement is unknown but Daldry left the project back while it was still a film. If the Obi-Wan series goes forward, it’ll be the third live-action “Star Wars” series on the way following “The Mandalorian” and the Cassian Andor prequel series.
The report comes as several “Star Wars” fansites are reporting that Lucasfilm may be set to utilise East London’s soon to open East Brook Studios for future productions.