Breaking: Obi Wan Kenobi Star Wars spin-off being developed by Lucasfilm

News is breaking right now that Lucasfilm and Disney are developing a Obi Wan Kenobi spin off Star Wars film - expected in 2020. Reports suggest that Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot) is in talks to direct.

There has been much speculation over the focus of the third spin-off - previously Josh Trank was known to be working on a Boba Fett film but that was ditched when he was booted following the disastrous performance of Fantastic Four. 

In recent years Ewan McGregor, who played Kenobi in the prequels, has made various statements suggesting that he was keen to return to the role and it's our hope that his casting goes hand in hand with this latest news. In the original Star Wars trilogy, Kenobi was played by Alec Guinness - a part that he received an Oscar nomination for despite his own misgivings of the role.

Brit director Stephen Daldry is probably best know for his excellent film debut, Billy Elliot. He also directed The Hours and The Reader and most recently, episodes of the acclaimed Netflix series, The Crown.

We're looking forward to confirmation and further details from Lucasfilm shortly.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Last updated: 17/08/2017 22:31:35

Star Wars

Star Wars is a science fiction film series created by George Lucas. It debuted in 1977 and the first film was quickly retitled to Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. It was followed by two sequels - The Empire Strikes Back in 1980 and Return of the Jedi in 1983. A trilogy of prequel films were launched in 1999 with The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. In 2015 Star Wars returned to the screens for a new trilogy under the control of Disney with The Force Awakens directed by J J Abrams.

A series of spin-offs were launched in 2016 with Gareth Edwards' Rogue One and 2017 will see the second film in the new trilogy, Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi.

Another spin-off will be released in 2018 - Solo - which tells the story of Han Solo before the original Star Wars film and 2019 will round off the third trilogy with the untitled Episode IX.

A fourth trilogy of films has been announced for release after 2020 which will be overseen by Rian Johnson and they will feature entirely new characters and an entirely separate story.

In addition, there are the TV series The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels and a new as yet untitled live action series due to debut some time after 2020.

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