In order to meet its promise of having a new Star Wars film theater each and every year for the foreseeable future, Disney has announced that they will be releasing spin-off films featuring franchise fan favorite characters in the years between installments of the new trilogy which will commence in December 2015. Currently rumored contenders include Han Solo, Yoda and Boba Fett. But this weekend a new name was added to the list – Obi Wan Kenobi.
The rumor is originating over at Making Star Wars, and I do want to point out that they have yet to establish themselves with any kind of track record. Here’s what they have to say –
For the spin-off movies they were initially going to stay away from any Jedi or Sith characters. But I’m hearing now that because of the popularity of Obi-Wan (fans recently voting for him on the official website etc) that an art team is now working with a writer on concepts for an Obi-Wan movie.
We’re a long way from this being a reality, but Ewan MacGregor, who played Obi Wan in the prequel trilogy, has stated to MTV that he would be down for donning his Jedi robes to see what the character was up to between his appearance in Episode III – Revenge Of The Sith and the character’s chronological first appearance in 1977’s Episode IV – A New Hope, when Sir Alec Guiness originated the role.
Of course, any plotline that may be in development will probably only contain a coincidental resemblance to last year’s Star Wars novel Kenobi by John Jackson Miller, which covered the same time span that MacGregor suggested he was still suited to appear in, due to the old Expanded Universe being swept aside to allow a clean slate for the new filmmakers to tell their own stories.