Walt Disney Co is developing a "Star Wars" standalone movie based on the beloved character of Obi-Wan Kenobi, the wise and noble Jedi master, The Hollywood Reporter and Variety reported on Thursday. This Obi-Wan movie doesn't have a script yet, so if Daldry signs on, he would oversee the development of this project. A Ben Kenobi movie has been in the works for a while under Disney's Lucasfilm along with a Yoda and Boba Fett spinoff films.
Kenobi was played by Alec Guinness in the 1977 film and Ewan McGregor in the later prequels. Case in point, that long-rumoured Obi-Wan movie is happening for real. THR notes that no actors are now attached to the project, but McGregor has previously expressed a lot of interest in returning. While the topic is still completely up in the air, Ewan McGregor has stated that he would be open to playing the character of Obi-Wan again in the future. Between Rogue One and Han Solo though, something tells me it'll fill in the gap between Revenge of the Sith and the original Star Wars in some way, like maybe he wasn't on Tattooine the whole time.
Nerdist reached out to Disney for confirmation, but they had no comment. Han Solo is now getting the spinoff treatment, with Ron Howard recently taking over directing duties on the as-yet-untitled flick.
Daldry hails from the theater world and made his feature debut with Billy Elliot, which netted him his first directing Oscar nomination. Not much is known about Obi Wan's years of exile, though Marvel Comics has touched on the character's trials and tribulations in their in-canon Star Wars comics.
It's starting to feel like there will be a new "Star Wars" movie every year for the rest of our lives.
In the meantime, while we wait for more news, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is set to arrive on December 15th.