A character initially immortalised by the legendary actor Alec Guinness in the original trilogy of Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi, as Ewan McGregor gave the character a youthful spin in later prequels The Phantom Menace, Attack Of The Clones and Revenge Of The Sith.
Building on the likes of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and the forthcoming Han Solo film which recently overseen a directorial change, as Rush’s Ron Howard took over from 21 Jump Street’s Phil Lord and Chris Miller.
Initially reported by The Hollywood Reporter, it has been confirmed that Obi-Wan Kenobi is all set for his own standalone film, as Lucasfilm and Disney continue to expand their Star Wars cinematic universe.
Whilst we await details on whether McGregor will return to the role or a fresh face will look to build on the character’s legacy, British director Stephen Daldry is in early talks to helm the film.
Considering his back catalogue consisting of acclaimed character-driven dramas such as Billy Elliot, The Hours and The Reader, he’s certainly a surprise choice considering the inevitably grand scale of the project. Yet with the wisdom and grace that a character like Obi-Wan possesses, Daldry may just rise to the challenge.
Up next for Daldry is a big-screen adaptation of the much-loved West End and Broadway musical Wicked, which is to be released in December 2019.