One of movies’ worst kept secrets inches toward official confirmation.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry is in early talks to direct a standalone Star Wars film centered on Obi-Wan Kenobi. The character was originated by Sir Alec Guinness in the original Star Wars and recreated for the Prequel Trilogy by Ewan McGregor. One of the few truly good Jedi Knights, Obi-Wan saw his best friend and Padawan Anakin turn to the Dark Side and accepted exile while watching over young Luke Skywalker on Tatooine.
Currently, it is unclear if McGregor will reprise his role as Obi-Wan. Additionally, there is no screenwriter attached or a script in hand. Nevertheless, the possibility of Daldry’s involvement confirms years of speculation about an eventual Obi-Wan film in Lucasfilm’s anthology spinoff series. Following the departure of director Josh Trank from the third Star Wars Story film — reportedly set to feature Boba Fett as the spotlight character — many began to speculate Obi-Wan would soon be announced as the focus of his own film. McGregor responded to the idea favorable on Twitter just over two years ago, but could offer no tangible news of the project as, at the time, it did not officially exist.
Technically, it still doesn’t. Lucasfilm has yet to respond to THR, but breaking stories in trade publications are typically built on solid foundations of truth. At least when they use the words “in talks.”
Should Daldry take on the assignment, he will present a break Lucasfilm’s previous pattern of choosing less established directors for the spinoff films. A decision no doubt motivated by the difficulties in producing Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and the untitled Han Solo film. When both were announced, there was lot of enthusiasm for Rogue One director Gareth Edwards and the Han Solo film’s original directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord. But disagreements in tone led to John Gilroy supervising reshoots on Rogue One and Lucasfilm taking the rare step of firing Miller and Lord before the end of principle photography; replacing them with dependable Ron Howard.