Star Wars’ Obi-Wan Kenobi Movie Lines Up Stephen Daldry as Director

“The Hours” filmmaker in talks for new standalone movie for Disney/Lucasfilm

Last Updated: August 17, 2017 @ 2:12 PM

Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi is getting his own “Star Wars” spin-off film, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

“The Hours” filmmaker Stephen Daldry is in talks to direct the new standalone feature for Disney and Lucasfilm.

Obi-Wan Kenobi is one of the most beloved characters in the “Star Wars” franchise, and perhaps was the best thing to come out of the prequels. As a result, fans have been wanting Ewan McGregor to reprise his role for some time; however, McGregor has not yet been confirmed.

Back in March during an interview, McGregor stated:

“Listen, I have been asked about it a lot, to the point where it looks a bit like I’m sort of touting for work. I’ve been very open to say I’d be happy to do it, if they want to do it.”

When asked directly about a spin-off film focused primarily on his character, McGregor kind of danced around the subject.

“I think they are set going into the 2030s with their movies, but it would be fun to do, of course I’d be happy to do it.”

The project currently has no script.

A standalone Han Solo film is currently in the final stages of shooting after Ron Howard took over directing when Christopher Miller and Phil Lord were forced out of the project.

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Daldry won awards on Broadway as well as the West End, and has received multiple Tony Awards, including one for “Billy Elliot the Musical.” In 2000, he made his feature debut with “Billy Elliot,” followed by “The Hours,” which gave Nicole Kidman the Best Actress award at the Oscars.

He also made a film version of 2008’s “The Reader,” based on the book of the same name and starring Kate Winslet, David Kross and Ralph Fiennes. Daldry’s fourth film was “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.” He most recently directed episodes of Netflix’s “The Crown.” Daldry is repped by CAA.

The next “Star Wars” film, “The Last Jedi,” will be released on December 15.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.


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