If you remember Oscar-nominated films like the classic Billy Elliot, or The Hours, then you may not even need to be a Star Wars fan to get attracted to Disney and Lucasfilm’s next prospect. Although, it never hurts to strengthen the power of the force with more fans. The Hollywood Reporter’s sources say that the stand-alone movie would focus on the Obi-Wan Kenobi character and is in early talks with award winning director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot-2000). “Daldry would oversee the development and writing with Lucasfilm brass.” according to Borys Kit.
In the original Star Wars trilogy, “Old Ben” Kenobi is a desert dwelling hermit, who proves to be a weary old war hero. Supplying Luke Skywalker with his lightsaber as well as mentoring him briefly before Darth Vader strikes him down to fuel sequels for generations. British acting legend Alec Guinness, (The Bridge on the River Kwai) garnered an Oscar nomination for his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Alderan’s “only hope” in Star Wars.
Ewan McGregor (Moulin Rouge) gave a memorable performance in the Lucas directed prequels, which tell the story of master Kenobi training Darth Vader/Anakin as a child; before he betrays his master and the Jedi order. Ewan told sources he’d be interested in reprising the role of Obi-Wan again, but since there is no official script, no actor is attached yet.
A Han Solo pic has just entered final days of shooting under new direction of Ron Howard (read about it on Cinema 35 here), one of the many new story lines Disney is set to explore outside of the Skywalker saga. Projects for the future are said to follow master Yoda and bounty hunter Bobba Fett in their own separate films. So needless to say the force will be with us and in theaters for many moons to come.