Ewan McGregor said he would be ‘happy’ to reprise his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Ewan McGregor said he would be ‘happy’ to reprise his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi. Richard Shotwell/AP

Obi-Wan Kenobi is getting his own movie

THE next blockbust Star Wars spin-off will reportedly centre on Obi-Wan Kenobi.

TMZ says it has obtained a newly-released production announcement from Disney, stating that the film will be titled Obi-Wan: A Star Wars Story.

British director Stephen Daldry, of The Crown fame, is said to be directing, and production notes obtained by TMZ go into detail about the plot.

"Obi-Wan is on Tatooine being an elusive hermit and stuff, but secretly watches over an infant Luke Skywalker, whom he delivered to his uncle, Owen," the notes reportedly state.

 

Will Ewan McGregor reprise his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi? Picture: Supplied
Will Ewan McGregor reprise his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi? Picture: Supplied

 

"Tensions between the local farmers and a tribe of Sand People - headed by a ruthless war chief - eventually brings Obi outta hiding ... and into Jedi kick-ass mode," the document explains, according to TMZ.

Obi-Wan - which is said to be using the code name "Joshua Tree" - is expected to shoot in London, where The Last Jedi was also shot.

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Ewan McGregor, who has played the character previously, is on record saying he would be "happy" to reprise the role but there has been no announcement about casting.

Meantime, Star Wars screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan says the director upheaval during the making of Solo: A Star Wars Story was principally over the tone of the Han Solo spin-off.

Directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord were fired mid-production and replaced with Ron Howard.

attend the world premiere of Solo: A Star Wars Story in Hollywood on May 10, 2018. Supplied by Disney.
attend the world premiere of Solo: A Star Wars Story in Hollywood on May 10, 2018. Supplied by Disney. Alex J. Berliner

Though the pace and improvisational manner of Lord and Miller's direction was part of the clash, the main issue was, simply, the comedic tenor of the movie.

Lord and Miller, the filmmaking duo of irreverent, highly meta comedies like 21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie, wanted to push Solo into Guardians of the Galaxy territory.

Kasdan, the revered writer of The Empire Strike Back and The Return of the Jedi, did not.

In an interview, Kasdan says you can have fun in a Star Wars movie, but you can't "make fun of" a Star Wars movie.


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