Ewan McGregor Says There Are No Plans For Obi-Wan Anthology Movie Starring Him

Obi Wan Kenobi actor Ewan McGregor has once again said that he’d like to return to the role of Obi-Wan, but says he knows of no plans that LucasFilm want to make an Anthology film about the character – despite earlier reports.  Unfortunately, if such a project is currently being developed on an Antholgy film, it is happening without McGregor involved, as he recently shared that he’s unaware of such a project existing. Speaking recently on The View, the actor said:

“I would totally do it, of course. There’s no plans, as such, to do it as far as I know.”

– Ewan McGregor

Reports from earlier this year suggested that an Obi-Wan movie was in the works, set between Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope, with Obi-Wan in exile on Tatooine. Given that it has been over a decade since the release of Episode III (remember Kenobi was on Tatooine for 19 years in exile) McGregor would be of perfect age to portray an older Obi Wan. It was also said that the director Stephen Daldry was attached to the project. Daldry is known for such films as Billy Elliot (2000), The Hours (2002), The Reader (2008) along with seasons 1 & 2 of the hit Netflix series The Crown.

McGregor himself suggested setting the film between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, as it would be a good place for an Obi-Wan Anthology film, and even suggested that perhaps another actor could take on the role to account for the time difference:

“There must be a good story to tell as they’re doing spin-offs – there’s likely to be a good Obi-Wan between me and Alec Guinness in that time.”

– Ewan McGregor

Given the praise McGregor has received for the role of Kenobi and fan interest in seeing him return to the saga, McGregor is clearly keen to take the role if it becomes available, though. Talking about how often he’s been asked about whether he wants to star in a spin-off, he joked:

“I’ve answered yes so many times that it looks like I’m sort of touting for work at Disney’s door, you know what I mean?”

– Ewan McGregor

Prior to the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story back in May, there were some conflicting reports about the status of upcoming spin-off films. One report claiming that Logan writer/director James Mangold was developing a film based on fan favourite Boba Fett.  In the weeks following that report, other rumours emerged that the studio was putting all spin-off film development on hiatus due to Solo: A Star Wars Story under preforming at the Box Office, only for Lucasfilm themselves to seemingly refute those rumours.

Hopefully by next year during Star Wars Celebration Chicago we’ll find out officially if indeed there is going to be a Kenobi movie or not. It would be a surprise but a welcome one.

Connor Heggie