‘Star Wars’: Ewan McGregor Is Up For That Obi-Wan Movie, If And When It Happens

Obi-Wan There’s been a persistent beating of the fanboy drum for the new Stars Wars cinematic universe to include an Obi-Wan standalone film starring the best thing about the prequels, Ewan McGregor. It’s something Ewan McGregor has repeatedly said he’s on board for. He related his enthusiasm once again today to EW, saying he’d be “happy to do it” if Lucasfilm asked him to return.

“There’s no official offer, and I haven’t met them about it or anything. But I’ve always said that I’d be happy to do it if they wanted to do it. It would be a good segue between the last episode of the prequels and the new episodes. I think they’ve got films to make until the 2020s, so I don’t think it’s going to happen soon if it happens at all.”

Lucasfilm CEO Kathleen Kennedy, for her part, was coy about whether any such Obi-Wan film was in development was was equally cryptic about the unannounced third Anthology  film tentatively slated for 2020, though a reveal of that title may be coming this summer, she said (via MTV).

“I think we’re getting close. My hope would be [to announce] sometime around the summer. I never want to predict the creative process because it is its own thing, so we’re in the midst of those discussions right now.”

As you may recall, the third Anthology film was originally going to be the second, a Star Wars standalone based on the galaxy’s bounty hunters, most notably Boba Fett. Josh Trank was lined up to direct and a sizzle reel was ready for the 2015 Star Wars Celebration. Then Fantastic Four happened and the Han Solo movie stepped up as the next spinoff, currently filming under the direction of Phil Lord & Chris Miller. Whether the movie Lucasfilm announces this summer is about the bounty hunter/Boba Fett or Obi-Wan remains up in the air for now.

It seems like a no-brainer to me to bring back the most popular figure from the prequels for one last go-around. There’s some great arc welding that could happen in the film, like how Saw Gerrera popped up in Rogue One after debuting in animation or how Star Wars: Rebels used arc-welding to continue the discontinued Star Wars: The Clone Wars through characters like Ahsoka. Notably, Obi-Wan recently made his return on Rebels, facing down Darth Maul for a final time. Honestly, I wish they’d kept that for this standalone; McGregor and Ray Park trading sword blows again is enticing.

Next up is Star Wars: The Last Jedi on December 15 (check out that awesome teaser trailer here and our breakdown here, followed by the untitled Han Solo anthology film on May 25, 2018. Reports from OmegaUnderground indicate filming on Episode IX is set to begin in July.

Source: EW

10 Best Moments From The ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Teaser Trailer

The Last Jedi 1The wait is finally over, folks. The first trailer for the eagerly-anticipated Star Wars: The Last Jedi premiered at Star Wars Celebration Orlando to rapturous applause. Now that the world has been given an official first look at what happens following the events of The Force Awakens, let’s rundown through 10 of the best moments from this incredible trailer.

These moments will range from what new story details have been revealed to just plain exciting moments of cinematic wonder that only a film series like Star Wars can conjure up. So without further ado, let’s rundown 10 highlights from this new trailer.

1. Ahch-To at sunset

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In one of the first shots from the trailer, we get this gorgeous image of the island we last left Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) on. We already saw how director J.J. Abrams visually caught the imagery of this beautiful island, but seeing Rian Johnson’s unique aesthetic capture the environment already sets an exciting precedent for what is certainly going to be one of the most visually dynamic Star Wars films yet.

2. Kylo remnants

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In this shot, we see the crushed up remains of the mask of Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). When we last left him, we see him vulnerable after his embarrassing loss against Rey in their incredible lightsaber duel. Now, Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) is ready to help Kylo Ren complete his training. Does this crushed mask symbolize a new transformation for the character?

3. A mysterious book

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We then get a close up of a gloved hand gently surveying this mysterious book. From the looks of it, it looks related to the Jedi. But could this be the Journal of the Whills? Is this book used by Luke as a reference in Rey’s training? Perhaps we will have to wait and see.

4. Lightsaber training

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“It’s so much bigger.”

This incredible helicopter shot around the island is truly beautiful. We see Rey swinging around her lightsaber as she continues her training with Luke. She’s only getting a hint at the true scope of what the Force really is all about, and she still has no idea at how big her journey will truly get.

5. AT-ATs on the horizon?

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We see three ships piloting down some interesting terrain on an unknown planet. The design of these ships is intriguing, but if you look closely at this shot you can see what looks like AT-AT walkers on the horizon. Much like how The Force Awakens paid tribute to A New Hope, perhaps The Last Jedi finds ways to pay tribute to The Empire Strikes Back. 

6. Still asleep…

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Finn (John Boyega) was left in a coma after suffering a major blow in a lightsaber duel against Kylo Ren. This is the only shot we get of him in the trailer, but it looks like he has been transferred to some sort of rehabilitation chamber. Unfortunately, we don’t get to see the former stormtrooper in action, but perhaps they are saving some of his exciting adventures for the next trailer. Hopefully, he won’t be taking a backseat. After all, he is one of our new heroes in this trilogy.

7. Poe & BB-8 on the run

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The dashing Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and his trusty droid BB-8 are shown running through a Resistance base as a major attack has been unleashed. As they run towards their X-Wing, a major explosion occurs. We don’t get to see if their X-Wing survives the explosion, but this one helluva pilot is certainly going to shine in The Last Jedi. 

8. Falcon takes flight

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There is no such thing as too many Millennium Falcon shots. We see the iconic ship soaring through the cloudy skies as TIE Fighters are shooting towards it. Rey took the Falcon along with Chewbacca and R2-D2 to Ach-To to find Luke. Maybe the four of them eventually escape the island at some point in the film.

9. Ben
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Here, we have an intimidating shot of Kylo Ren with his lightsaber ignited towards the camera. Is he ready to duel against Rey again? Or maybe he’s about to fight against his uncle Luke Skywalker… Who knows, but he’s certainly not going to embarrass himself this time around.

10. “It’s time for the Jedi to end.”

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In what will undoubtedly be the most quoted line in this trailer, Luke laments to Rey that the Jedi must come to an end. Daisy Ridley expressed during the panel that sometimes, meeting your own heroes may lead you to different directions. This quote is certainly an indication that something’s up with Luke. But what? Looks like we’ll have to wait until December 15 to get all the answers (and perhaps even more questions).

Star Wars: The Last Jedi will arrive in our galaxy on December 15.

Sam Flynn

Sam Flynn

Sam is a writer and journalist whose passion for pop culture burns with the fire of a thousand suns and at least three LED lamps.

  • Jacob McMillan

    It makes too much sense not to

  • Carl

    Please don’t do this. Just stop with the prequels.