News broke Thursday that Lucasfilm is in the early development stage of a standalone Obi-Wan Kenobi movie.
And it got us thinking: What would a movie on the Jedi Knight will look like?
Many fans of “Star Wars” have always been curious what Obi-Wan Kenobi did all that time between “Revenge of the Sith” and “A New Hope.” That would presumably be the ideal setting for the standalone movie.
A comic book released by Marvel in 2015 brought some clarity to what Ol' Ben was doing at that time.
Following “Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith,” we found Obi-Wan Kenobi (played by Ewan McGregor) heading out alone after bringing twins Luke and Leia to safety from their father Anakin Skywalker — who by then had become Darth Vader.
The original film in the sage, “Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope,” shows “Ben” Kenobi (played by Alec Guinness) as an elder Jedi living in seclusion on Tatooine until he’s thrust back into the Rebel cause after crossing paths with the adult Luke.
Kenobi dies by the hands of Vader in “A New Hope” and that looks to be where the comic book "Star Wars #7" begins.
In the comic, Skywalker comes across Kenobi’s journals after returning to his home world of Tatooine following the events that occur in "A New Hope." The writings he uncovers are his master’s experience on the planet during “a time when injustice reigned.”
From the synopsis:
“As villainous scum runs rampant over the blistering sands, only a Jedi Master stands any hope of liberating the planet from the grasp of gangs, thieves and thugs. But would Ben risk everything to do what was right? Even if it meant revealing himself to those searching for his whereabouts?”
Some of the pages Marvel teased of the comic back in 2015 shows Kenobi living an isolated existence on Tatooine.
And here it looks like he's come across a young Luke Skywalker (perhaps keeping tabs on him?).
Seeing this is canon, it seems like an obvious starting point for the director attached to the Obi-Wan movie, Stephen Daldry. But the bigger piece to this puzzle is the involvement of Ewan McGregor. Currently the actor isn't attached, which shows how early the project is in its life. But signs are good that the actor would want to take on the role. He's said for years (and told us last year) that he wants to play the character again.
Don't expect anything to happen overnight on this project. Lucasfilm has a mountain of stories in different stages of production outside of the continuation of the main "Star Wars" saga, like a long-in-development Boba Fett movie and a standalone on Yoda.
In the meantime, seek out this Obi-Wan comic, and imagine McGregor in these kind of poses from its multi-covers.
This post has been updated from its original version.
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