Disney/Lucasfilm is in the early stages of developing a stand-alone Star Wars film centered on the life of Obi-Wan Kenobi. The company is negotiating with Stephen Daldry about directing the project. No script has been written as of yet.
In the original Star Wars trilogy, Kenobi is a desert-dwelling and war-weary hermit who later proves to be a wise and powerful warrior, brandishing a lightsaber. He is briefly a mentor to a young Luke Skywalker before being cut down by Darth Vader, his former pupil. Alec Guinness’ portrayal of Kenobi garnered him an Oscar nomination.
The character played a central role in the George Lucas-directed prequels, which recount the origin of Vader and his betrayal of Kenobi and the Jedis. Ewan McGregor, who played the younger Kenobi in the prequels, has said he would be open to playing the character again. Sources stress, however, that since there is no script, no actor is attached.
If the story ends up chronicling Kenobi’s life in the years between episodes III and IV, they will never find an actor more suited for the role than McGregor, who is 46 years old. Meanwhile, we will have to make do with Star Wars: The Last Jedi this December, and the Han Solo film scheduled for 2018. Read more at the Hollywood Reporter. -via Digg