What could the future hold for everyones favourite Jedi Knight, Obi-Wan Kenobi? A stand alone movie? We sat down with Entertainment Weekly writer, Anthony Breznican last week to discuss Rogue One, and he threw out a suggestion that might help make sense of the apparent lack of Obi-Wan stand alone plans...
I have been banging on about an Obi-Wan Kenobi standalone movie, or a trilogy of Obi-Wan movies for years! In fact, when Gareth Edwards first stepped forward and said I'm a life long fan and I'm making a Star Wars movie, the first question I asked was, "Why aren't we hearing about Obi-Wan films?" Surely it makes more sense to choose a character that has the best part of two decades free to tell stories about the character that won't impact on the Star Wars saga. Well now it looks like the Star Wars Story Group might actually go in a completely different direction.
My Talk Star Wars PodCast co-host Rob and I were fortunate enough to chat to Anthony Brezncan about Rogue One and of course chat turned to the Star Wars saga, future films and directors and those comments he made about Obi-Wan Kenobi a few weeks ago. Hear that episode in full below.
During our chat we pitched a few listener questions to Anthony. One of which referred to the Obi-Wan comment he made on Rebel Force Radio. Anthony's comment on that show was that he felt there was more for Obi-Wan to do in the saga movies, and that's why we hadn't seen or heard about a stand alone movie based on the character.
When we spoke to Anthony he suggested that there is a chance that Obi-Wan might be involved in the story of episode VIII and IX. To be clear, not in a way that would have the character appear, even in Force Ghost mode, but in another, far more intriguing way.
One of Anthony's suggestions is that we may learn that Obi-Wan had influence over a new character or character(s) origins. Possibly Rey, maybe Finn, and that the creators require the freedom to allow this arc to grow, without the complications over developing a stand alone Obi-Wan movie that might impact upon the characters saga responsibilities.
Now, I've stated my position on Obi-Wan previously. That he may, in fact be Rey's grandfather, but what if he had a hand in shaping one of the new films principal villains? What if he gave Snoke those scars? Maybe Obi-Wan reached out to guide Ben Solo as the young man slowly lost his grip after learning about his connection to Darth Vader and that his involvement pushed the boy closer to his Kylo Ren persona? The possibilities are almost limitless, and I can understand the story group's desire to keep the road clear as they put together the remaining two saga films.
After that; all bets are off.
Ewan McGregor has shown keen interest in returning to the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi and telling a couple of stories in the downtime between trilogies, so there would be some continuity if he was to return. He would also be age appropriate as he is currently about the age he was supposed to be in Star Wars Episode III Revenge Of The Sith. As far as a storyline for the Jedi in exile, we have a few options. We could get a Tatooine based western style story about Obi-Wan in the desert. There is a moment in the Ahsoka novel where we witness Obi-Wan training himself to use the living Force and commune with Qui-Gon Jinn. More of that would be facinating. And whilst we are on the subject of Ahsoka; could the Obi-Wan Kenobi movie, set just a few years after Sith, be a good way to "back door" Ahsoka into live action? The movie could focus on the Jedi Purge, with Ahsoka seeking out Obi-Wan to secure his help in defeating the Emperor's sinister agents as they slaughter whats left of the Jedi Order. Obi-Wan could even leave Tatooine breifly so we get the traditional tour of the galaxy.
You see how quickly you can lose yourself in Obi-Wan Kenobi movie ideas?
One thing Anthony was keen to point out is that his comment about Obi-Wan being used in the next two saga movies wasn't a theory, or speculation. He has heard from people close to the production that this is happening. Which I think we can all agree is very exciting indeed.
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Thank you for reading,